You’re drinking early morning coffee in 2019. These eggheads are in 2119 landing drones on their arms like robo-falconers



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With the assistance of what looks like vibrating dinner plates


Have you ever desired to land a drone on your arm as if the gadget were some sort of metallic bird of prey?

Go Into the SwarmCloak … which may also be called the SwarmDinnerPlate. Or the SwarmGardenGlassTopTable. It’s a glass landing pad that can be worn on the arm or hands. Inside are a bunch of vibration motors that promote the drone pilot’s flesh to indicate the drone’s proximity. In case, you understand, your eyes and ears aren’t working effectively.


Behold, the Swarm, er, Cape … Click to enlarge

The goofy device was produced by a team of engineers from Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Russia, and the University of Electro-Communications in Japan.

” The proposed technology might have a strong influence on the human-swarm interaction, providing a new level of intuitiveness and engagement into the swarm release ideal from the skin surface area,” they composed in a paper produced through arXiv this month.

The style, supposedly, makes it simpler to direct tiny drones on your arm. Smaller quadcopters are jittery, making them tough to land safely on the ground so people frequently just try to catch them mid-air. Now, you can land them on your arm to appear like some sort of futuristic falconer whispering magic words to devices.

In this case, the Crazyflie 2.0 mini quadcopters, which sport red LEDs in their base. As they fly over the sensing unit systems, the landing pad’s light sensing units pick up the LEDs, and the closer the mini-drones get to the landing pad, the more intense the vibrations from the SwarmCloak.

” The location of the tactile stimulus reveals the position of the drone in the horizontal plane and stimulus strength shows the range to the robot in a vertical direction,” the group described. The drones are tracked using open-source software application originated from the Robot Os Kinetic structure.

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SwarmCloak could be used in virtual reality (VR) experiences. The scientists envisioned scenarios where the tactile interactions might imitate bird landings or perhaps model the touch of things like jellyfish or, hell, even wood sprites, apparently.

” For mass production rate per one system (one landing pad) might be something like $50 For little batch production, it is around $100-200 or even more,” Evgeny Tsykunov, co-author of the paper and a researcher at Skoltech, told The Register

Their imaginations didn’t stop there, either: they also thought that the eccentric gizmo might also be fine-tuned to allow individuals to interact in VR or feel like they were flying.

” A distinct telecommunication system can be developed based on SwarmCloak technology. The partners can interact through the range by their avatars represented in VR and augmented by the swarm of drones,” they concluded.

” In this case, the swarm, which can tactile interaction with a user in VR, might represent the skeleton structure of the human body flying in the air. This might bring a brand-new level of immersion of VR communication and teleconferencing.” ®

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