Virtual reality headsets are all the rage right now in the gaming industry, with both games and headsets becoming more affordable and accessible to consumers. The accessibility of virtual reality is opening many doors to gamers, and drawing in crowds who otherwise would have never thought to pick up a headset. Virtual reality has even permeated the world of drones, and Epson’s and DJI’s new drone simulator helps gamers learn or develop their flying skills using this new technology.
The simulator works by allowing you to have a holographic drone in your home, allowing you to fly and practice new skills without leaving your home. Practicing flying in a simulation also means that physical drones will not have to endure knocks and crashes that a novice pilot will inevitably experience. To use this program, a customer must use DJI’s Magic Pro Drone, and Epson’s Moverio BT-100 smart glasses. The simulator was developed by Y Media Labs, and comes with a flying mode and two mini games for users to play.
This simulator will allow new pilots to learn how to fly safely without jeopardizing their own drones or property, and allow experienced pilots to practice and learn more advanced techniques. It is especially useful for pilots who cannot fly often due to living in urban areas or in areas with unpredictable weather, without having to go out to a flight arena. This simulator solves so many problems that drone pilots are often faced with, and saves drones from being damaged as often by novice pilots or pilots who cannot fly in open areas.
The drone simulator itself feels natural, simulating real drone flight and behavior very well. The virtual drone is responsive, and the mini games are actually quite helpful—they have pilots fly their drone to pick up items, such as candy, to increase their score and practice fine turns. The mini games are fun, and allow pilots to keep their skills sharp regardless of whether or not they’re able to fly their drone at that moment.