Flying drones is not really for wimps.
Iâm not really talking about the toy drones that will float around your house, bouncing harmlessly off walls, people, and furnishings, or even then $99 ones you retain losing over the ocean.
I mean the real deal. The DJIâs plus Yuneecâs of the world. Flyers that will cost anywhere from $800 to lots of money. Â Companies like DJI have constructed significant intelligence into their drones plus vastly simplified the apps, yet flying them is still a skill. Â
The first time I flew a pricey drone, I couldnât get used to the particular pitch, yaw, forward, reverse, plus elevation controls and flew this straight into a tree (okay, We backed up into it).
DJI gets it and, now, along with partner Epson, theyâre trying to take those confusion and risk out of learning to fly an expensive drone. You just should be willing to pay $700 to use this.
The somewhat expensive idea is smart. Epson and DJI found a way to link their Epson Moverio BT-300FPV Intelligent Glasses directly to a DJI droneâs remote-control hardware and, using a customized, free app developed by Y Mass media Labs, built what may be the worldâs first Augmented Reality Flight Sim. The app is available on Nov 6.
Itâs a simple idea: Fly an AR drone throughout the house or outdoors before attempting this with a real one, but itâs more convincing when you try it out your self. Â
Epsonâs Eric Mizufuka, Item Manager for Augmented Reality Options, dropped by with a DJI Mavic Pro, the droneâs remote control great companyâs Moverio BT-300FPV smart eyeglasses. He explained that the headset has already been popular among drone flyers who utilize it to get their droneâs point of view whenever itâs in-flight.
In this particular case, though, I got to test-fly the Mavic Drone in my workplace, without flying the real drone.
Mizufuka passed me the droneâs physical remote device, which was hooked directly to Moverio BT-300FPV headset. The Moverio glasses manage module jammed into the Mavic Professional remote looked a bit strange plus felt a little awkward to hold, yet I got used to it. Â
I put on the Moverio glassed along with my own glasses; it was a bit unpleasant, but not terrible, either. Looking with the Moverio eyewear lenses, I could discover, overlaid in front of me a floating dice and below that, some information about the virtual droneâs speed plus position. Â
But I couldnât see the drone.
Mizufuka informed me to turn left. I spun about in my chair and found the fact that virtual Mavic Pro drone, the semi-translucent, but still very accurate edition of the drone hovering behind myself. Â
When I pressed the left joystick to the right the drone unique on its axis. There was simply no delay. I pushed left plus it turned left. I gently pushed the right joystick up and the jingle rise to the ceiling. I pushed some more and it rose further. We flew the AR drone up to my face and then sent this racing away (even in this digital flight mode, Epson and DJI set limits so the drone didnât fly so far away it grew to become a tiny dot that I probably couldnât track, even in AR). I did need to turn my head to keep track of the jingle, just as I would to watch a real a single in flight. If I glanced still left or right without turning me, I quickly broke the false impression, because I was looking outside the Moverio BT-300 FPVâs somewhat narrow viewport.
The virtual drone had been responding exactly how a real one would, yet without concern of slamming into a walls. If I didnât already know how to take flight a drone, this could help teach me.
I noticed, though, that the digital drone disappeared in bright sunshine. Mizufuka showed me a pair of colors you can snap onto the Moverio BT-300FPV glasses that cuts bright glare and helps your see the AR drone when you go outside.
Overall, itâs an impressive solution and Mizufuka told me the app and head-set will work with any drone suitable the fourth version of DJIâs Proceed flight app.
It can also be, however , expensive. Pros will certainly be thinking about it, but consumers who purchase these drones, the ones who most likely most need some AR-based airline flight training, are not going to pay $700 for your headset.
Itâll be fascinating to see if their idea takes off 😉 when it launches on next month.