Swiss researchers have developed a drone control interface that provides the effect of the operator himself during the flight. This is achieved through the use of an exoskeleton as a control system and an augmented reality helmet that reproduces the image from the camera of a flying machine. The technology is ideal for teaching newcomers to piloting, but its true potential is far greater.
The system was named FlyJacket, it is compact, mobile and can be used in operational work in the field. The operator puts on a soft exoskeleton - a platform with sensors that control the position of his body in space. You don't have to wave your arms like a bird to fly, but the drone responds instantly to all body movements, thereby creating the effect of feedback and presence. The result is a very convincing first-person flight illusion, making it easier for experienced pilots to fly the drone.
An important point - the operator's hands remain free, so he can use some tools in parallel. For example, a marker for placing geotags on a virtual map at those points that are of interest to the pilot on real terrain. During flight in reality, as tests have shown, spatial orientation improves and the risk of an accident decreases - the operator begins to differently, more accurately estimate the distance to interference and the speed of the maneuver.
The disadvantage of FlyJacket is its alternative advantage - the illusion of flight is so realistic that an untrained pilot becomes dizzy, nauseous, disoriented and panic-stricken. Strictly speaking, this is a quick and cheap way to immediately weed out those who are not destined to fly at all, from potential pilot candidates to UAV operators.