Flying Head

 

We propose an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control mechanism, called a “Flying Head”, which synchronizes human head and robot motions. Previous telepresence research has centered on the use of robots that move along the ground using wheels or legs. Recently, however, telepresence research has expanded to include the use of remote flying robots. Our system synchronizes the operator and UAV positions in terms of the horizontal and vertical positions and the yaw orientation. The operator can use the UAV more intuitively, as such manipulations are more in accord with kinesthetic imagery. We will develop additional flying telepresence applications, such as capturing platforms, teleoperation, sports training, and healthcare. This project won the best Emerging Technology Award at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2012.