FlyJacket: An Upper Body Soft Exoskeleton for Immersive Drone Control

Most human–drone interfaces, such as joysticks and remote controllers, require attention and developed skills during teleoperation. Wearable interfaces could enable a more natural and intuitive control of drones, which would make this technology accessible to a larger population of users. In this video, we show a soft exoskeleton, so called FlyJacket, designed for naïve users that want to control a drone with upper body gestures in an intuitive manner. The exoskeleton includes a motion-tracking device to monitor body movements, an arm support system to prevent fatigue, and is coupled to goggles for first-person-view from the drone perspective. This work was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation through the National Centre of Competence in Research Robotics. Project webpages: Link to paper: Rognon, C., Mintchev, S., Dell'Agnola, F., Cherpillod, A., Atienza, D., & Floreano, D. (2018). FlyJacket: an upper-body soft exoskeleton for immersive drone control. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.

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