The Apple Watch will be able to work as a remote controller to control the movements of a drone via hand gesture. Taiwanese tech researchers at PVD+ created an app for the watch that briefly turns pilots into Jedi.The news comes as one of the coolest surprises of this new year.
After 18 months of research and application, the PVD+ team is now saying that they can install the algorithm on any device and give it the ability to control directions. Mark Ven, a civil engineering Ph.D. student at the National Chung Hsing University along with a professor there, Yang Ming-der, and three other group members, calls the software Dong coding.
Ven told Reuters, ‘Previously we’ve needed complicated controls to fly drones, but now we can use a wearable device, and through human behavior and gestures directly interact with them – using a hand to control and fly drones directly.’
The technology is still in its nascent stages – easily affected by the wind and other environmental factors. Its batteries can be exhausted in as little as within 20 minutes. In addition to flying and driving drones, Ven and his team have adapted the Dong coding to manipulate lighting – turning lights on and off.
The app that can also control light levels and colors via hand movements – is similar to a spherical robot resembling BB-8, the rolling droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.