Hacked Fitness Tracker Lets You Control Drones With Hand Motions

By Gizmodo Australia on at

So, drones. Plenty of work has gone into making our flying robot dreams come true, but we haven’t spent a lot of time refining the whole “controlling” thing. I always thought Jedis had a good thing going with the whole hand-waving approach and it looks like I’m not the only one.

As part of this year’s NASA Space Apps Challenge, an enterprising team of four from Skopje, Macedonia decided to bring a Force-controlled drone future a little closer.

By hacking a Sony SmartBand using a combination of home-made ingenuity and open source projects,the team was able to send commands to a drone via simple gestures. The result — the awesomeness below:

The wristband also packs a few extra features, such as weather information and data on no-fly zones, so you don’t have to worry about CASA tackling you in a park.

If you’re up for a super-technical explanation of how it works, there’s a post on Medium that provides exactly that. For a more general overview, you can hit up the project’s page on NASA’s Space Apps site. [Medium]

Featured image: Kostadin Lazarov