The combination of sensors and inputs in many smart wearable devices leads to some interesting possibilities for intuitive and immersive gesture-based user interfaces. A trio of Sony engineers (Peter Bartos, Alexander Najafi and Jonas Hellström) recently demonstrated this phenomena with their mashup project for controlling a quadcopter drone with a smartwatch and some prototype eyewear.
Drawing on the accelerometer in the SmartWatch 2, the drone’s movement is controlled by the tilt and twist of the wearer’s wrist. The SmartEyeglass prototype displays flight data and can even show images from the drone’s camera.
Both the watch and the glasses are paired over Bluetooth to a mobile device, which passes flight instructions to the drone over Wi-Fi.