Operators Can Control UAV with Virtual Reality Headset


The Norwegian University of Science and Technology has developed a system in which an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator can control the aircraft through head movements.

Researchers at the university have connected an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to a DJI Phantom, according to an article by Digital Trends. In order to create a three-dimensional experience, they equipped the UAV with dual cameras and used the Oculus Rift’s orientation sensors to forward an operator’s head movements to the camera module.

However, a couple of issues need to be resolved. First, the drone’s two cameras must be properly aligned to render a three-dimensional view.

Second, the screens of the Oculus Rift currently lack the resolution to reflect a convincing reality.

The full Digital Trends article can be found here.

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