Controlling ARdrone using a kinect and body movements

Nice one for a Friday afternoon, we are not convinced this is the most efficient way to control a multirotor. It points to the future though. Joysticks may become a thing of the past?. This week in the UK a Royal Air Force study showed that non pilots performed as well as trained pilots whilst commanding UAS.

The RAF’s Project Daedalus, to investigate if non-pilots could be trained to fly unmanned aerial systems as well as fully trained pilots has been ‘completed’.   According to the RAF, the programme

“has successfully demonstrated that selection and training can generate remote pilots who, despite undergoing a different sort of training, are as highly trained and eq.ually skilled as traditional pilots in that field.”

So is it time for the joystick to disappear in the sUAS world?

Parrot AR Drone controlled with body movements using the Kinect. Developed by Tom Zickel (with the support of the Zickel family). Demonstrated at Kinnernet 2011 http://www.zickel.org