In a rapidly growing market, newer drones must have an edge in order to stand out. It can be its battery life, or maybe better controls and features. It could even be as simple as a new look. Whatever companies do, one thing is for sure. Drones are on the rise. There’s an untapped market of new drone users wanting something new on a daily basis. For companies to make an impression on them and buy their products, they have to do something… different.
A drone created in Switzerland has an interesting take on how to get users’ attention. It offers the experience to see the world through the drone’s eyes – in real time.
Now you might be thinking, but most high tier drones have cameras in them! I can see its vision through the monitor! How is this any different?
Well, this drone comes with a virtual reality headset. So the real-time footage will not only appear on a small screen from your controller. No, it will appear right in front of your eyes. And this drone still has something in its sleeve. For the pièce de résistance, the controls will not be a small controller. To control this drone, you have to wear an upper body exosuit.
Called the FlyJacket, this invention may be the next big step in drone flying.
FlyJacket Pros and Cons:
The idea behind this drone is simple. You basically wear the suit, spread your arms wide, and mimic a drone in flight. You will see what the drone sees in its cameras while you are doing it. At the end of the day, it tries to simulate what it would feel to be a bird flying through the air. And no, being Superman is out of the question, since you have to continuously flap your arms.
Pretty sure Superman never did any of that while flying.
Nevertheless, it’s still a unique experience for drone enthusiasts out there. To be able to use body movements to not only start a drone, but to steer it completely? That sounds amazing. All while you get a firsthand look at the view in front of your drone.
The FlyJacket is still only capable with fixed-wing drones, so it limits your choices. It still sounds like an amazing device though, and it must be on a drone user’s to-do list for the near future.
A great thing about this device is that its makers made sure it is still affordable and mobile. Meaning you don’t have to shell out your entire life savings for it, and you can still stash it away if you are not using it.
So at the end of the day, you may not feel like Superman flying through the air. But you can feel like Iron Man however, controlling his suits remotely while still having vision of the area.
Sounds pretty sweet if you ask me.