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Guy Hacks Google Glass to Steer Drone

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    Guy Hacks Google Glass to Steer Drone

    Outfitted with Google Glass, Blaine Bublitz controls a drone softly floating in the air before him with just a slight tilt of the head.

    Bublitz, from the coding company IcedDev, used a JavaScript code to turn Google Glass into a basic control system for a quadcopter drone, thus allowing him to control the device by moving his head.

    In July, Bublitz attended International Nodebots Day, a hacking event in various cities throughout the United States where attendants use a JavaScript program called node.js. Bublitz wanted to experiment with different input devices to control robots, all while using JavaScript to create a program he could tweak for different controllers and vehicles.

    Bublitz started with a control program that would interpret his waving in front of a LeapMotion tracker, and he used a wheeled robot to test his code. He successfully made it move back and forth.

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    However, there were a few hiccups. As Bublitz notes on his blog: "I couldn't see where the bot was while controlling it. I needed something that could be about eye height, so I could see its movement while controlling it." He used an AR drone as his bot of choice, and he also added up-and-down movements for optimal steering.

    He converted the program to send commands to the AR drone via Google Glass, allowing him to control the bot with a nod of his head.

    Although the results look pretty amazing, Bublitz admits he still needs to make some improvements:

    If you have Google Glass, you can download Bublitz's control program from his GitHub profile.

    Although this is the first Google Glass-controlled drone we've seen thus far, we've encountered a robot that can be controlled via brainwaves, which it interprets as motion commands. Perhaps we'll all be performing these Jedi-mind tricks in the near feature.

    Guy Hacks Google Glass to Steer Drone | Mashable
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