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Drive the drones using body movements, free as birds

Penelitian - Scientists drive drones using body movements and are free to move their heads to look around like birds. The team at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Geneva reported to PNAS that using a body to drive a glyph was more effective than using a joystick.

"Our goal is to design a control method that will be easy to learn and more user-focused mentally so they can focus on more important issues, such as search and rescue," said Jenifer Miehlbradt of EPFL's Translational Neuroengineering Laboratory.

Penelitian Drive the drones using body movements, free as birds

Scientists want to observe how people use their bodies to become pilots of flying objects and determine which moves are the most intuitive and natural to approach the pilot's problem from a completely new perspective. The marker is placed throughout the upper body and muscle activity.

Motion patterns emerge and scientists quickly establish a strategy related to the body for pilot drones. The team compared the body's strategy for joystick control in 39 individuals and found that the torso drone control outperformed the joystick controls in minimal precision, reliability, and training sessions.

"The data analysis allows a very simple and intuitive approach that can also be used with other populations, machines, and operations. This approach significantly improves the teleoperation of robots with non-human mechanical attributes," said Martina Coscia of EPFL.

Heads, limbs, hands and feet are free to perform other actions and proof-of-concept systems. The next step is to make a body strategy really usable for driving flying objects. The findings have enormous applications, ranging from flight simulators to pilot drones and possibly even future planes.

Journal : Jenifer Miehlbradt et al. Data-driven body–machine interface for the accurate control of drones , PNAS, July 16, 2018, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1718648115