By following the movements of the arm muscles, these sensors offer a more intuitive alternative to piloting a drone. For example, it is enough to clench your fist to make them move.

Whether using a remote control or via a touch screen, flying these machines is similar to playing video games for the time being. Researchers from CSAIL laboratory of MIT think that a more intuitive method is possible. Baptized Conduct-A-Bot, this technique combines muscle sensors and motion detection for more natural robot control.

How do the sensors Conduct-A-Bot do they work for a drone?

Scientists have developed algorithms that analyze both arm movements and muscle activity to detect the desired action. Thus, you can make a gesture with your hand, clench your fist or even bend your arm to modify the trajectory of the aircraft.

Better still, the system does not need to access environmental data to function. In addition, no adjustment is necessary to use it on your own arm. So, you only have to place the sensors to control your drone.

You will have to wait a bit before enjoying it

Unfortunately, the CSAIL is not yet considering offering its technology for use in real conditions. Indeed, if the Parrot Bebop 2 used for testing performed the desired action in 82% of the 1,500 movements performed, this precision is not enough in a critical situation. With the very strict laws regulating these flying machines, we understand this caution.

However, researchers are hard at work to improve these results as well as to make improvements. Among these, they think of solutions that allow a greater personalization and more continuous gestures.

In any case, we hope that this technology will one day be found on a commercial drone that can be piloted simply with sensors on the arm. It would be a real revolution for these devices which would make them even more attractive to a wider audience.

Sources & credits
Source: https://www.engadget.com/mit-muscle-sensor-robot-control-174443468.html – Credit: MIT / CSAIL (photo)