Put on Oculus Rift Goggles and Control Your Drone
Oculus Rift has introduced yet another spectacular game with a mind-blowing concept called Control the Drone with Your Head. The prime motive of the latest virtual game is to allow users to maneuver the drone without the need of a joystick in their hands.
Strap on the Oculus Rift headset and control the drone freely with just the help of your head. Be it looking up or down, shifting to the sides or fly up in the air; you can navigate the AR drone with just the use of your head! With a tilt of the head in any direction you can have the drone walking, running and flying to whatever side you please. A 2D camera is also installed for your convenience by showing you a visual display of where your drone is headed. As the tagline goes; you just have to think to make it happen. For better experience and safety, it is recommend that you play the game outside with a friend who makes sure you don’t fly the drone into people.
The game is developed by a Berlin gamer named Diego Araos. Aaros connected his Parrot AR Drone to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and controlled the game with head tracking. He hooked the AR Drone to his laptop using Node.js, a cross-platform runtime environment for server-side and networking applications, to connect to the video feed and command the drone. Araos also had to come up with a special adapter to carry the Oculus Rift around with a battery and turn his Oculus Rift wireless.
He described the procedure on his website, ” I connected the AR Drone to my laptop using node.js (node-ar-drone to control & node-livestream for video feed). As for the client-side is a HTML5 web-interface that process the video feed using two canvas elements, it also connects to a REST server that reads the information of the head-motion sensors from the Oculus Rift and then computes the joystick, which are sent back to the node.js server and commanded to the drone to control pitch/roll/yaw. I used node.js to connect to the video feed and command the drone. Had to make a special adapter to carry the Oculus Rift around with a battery… now I have a wireless Oculus Rift!”.
According to the reviews, the user does not have to move their head very much to pilot the drone. The head tracking goes very smoothly and latency is very low as Araos reports on YouTube. He has uploaded the open source code with a step-by-step guide on GitHub so that other players can experience the mind bogging game as well. If you wish to experience it, just follow his instructions and you are ready to control your drone!
Control the Drone with Your Head by Strapping on Oculus Rift Goggles
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