PVD+ Awakens The Force To Fly Drones Using Apple's iWatch
A group of Taiwanese researchers has developed an algorithm for wearables that enables to fly drones. A programming language known as 'Dong' uses hand gestures to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
According to Reuters, a team of Taiwanese researchers has managed to turn an Apple iWatch into a remote control that can be used to fly UAVs. Like a Jedi that uses the force, a programming algorithm dubbed as the 'Dong' enables the controller to utilize hand gestures to manipulate the drones.
A group of engineers and technologists that goes by the name of PVD+ has been working with the National Chung Hsing University of Taiwan in developing the Dong programming language. This algorithm when installed on smartwatches and other wearables like the Apple iWatch can be turned into a remote control of all sorts.
In this case, the Dong algorithm was installed on an Apple Watch and turned it into a sensor that permits its users to control a drone by using hand and body gestures. The Dong programming language translates the wearer's movements into a drone's tilt or pitch.
In a video captured by Reuters, Mark Ven, Dong project leader, gently moves a Parrot AR 3.0 Drone from right to left using hand and arm movements that look similar to Star Wars Jedi Masters as they use 'The Force.' PVD+ says that the programming language can be designed and installed onto any gyroscope-equipped wearable or other wearables that use movement sensors.
Ven states that previously users needed complicated remote controls to fly UAVs. With the Dong algorithm installed on smartwatches, users will be able to fly drones using human gestures and behavior with direct interaction. In addition, he explained that the algorithm can be used for other purposes than flying drones like turning on and off a TV or a smart home's lighting system.
PVD+'s team is now in the process of patent application for the Dong programming algorithm software. As of the moment, smartwatch users and drone owners would have to wait a little longer before the 'Force' really awakens.
iOS 11 Plagued with Untested Bugs and Early Adoption Pitfalls
Reports of nagging iOS 11 issues have started pouring in just a day after the software was released by Apple on supported devices.
iPhone 8 Outperforms iPhone X in Early Geekbench Tests [Photos]
Quite surprisingly, the iPhone 8 beats the iPhone X in both Single Core and Multi-Core Geekbench tests.
iOS 11 Release Time for Various Time Zones Across the Globe
Check out the complete list of time zones for iOS 11 release time across the globe.
iPhone X Demand May Outlast Supply Until Mid-2018, says KGI Securities Analyst
KGI Securities Analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, predicts serious demand vs. supply constraints for the iPhone X until Mid-2018.
Five iPhone X Secret Features You May Not Know About
Check out the five iPhone X features that Apple has discreetly hidden from you at launch.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Best Traveling Apps for Smartphones
Apps for mobile devices led personal, independent traveling to a new level. Nowadays, your pocket can easily fit all the possibilities of a small tourism agency. GPS, maps, currency calculators, city guides, dictionaries, hotel search services, etc. The right set of apps for traveling helps in planning your journeys and saving time, money, and nerves while you sit in a café or taxi, or lie in bed.
How Do Personal Emergency Response Systems Work?
Personal emergency response systems, known as PERS for short, are systems that help people to raise the alarm and get immediate help when a medical or personal emergency occurs. They are ideal for older people and anyone with a mobility issue or an injury or illness that can cause falls.
The 9 Most Popular (And Fun) Internet Games of 2019
Are you bored of board games? What are the most popular internet games from this year? These nine are popular for a reason. Check 'em out!