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See Straight Through Walls by Augmenting Your Eyeballs With Drones


A user wearing a Microsoft HoloLens (right) can access a drone to see items in the next room.

Researchers at Graz University of Technology in Austria are studying how to use augmented reality to change the way humans interface with drones.

Credit: Graz University of Technology

Researchers at Graz University of Technology in Austria are studying how to use augmented reality (AR) to change the way humans interface with drones, turning them into remote cameras that an untrained user can easily control.

The team found that using Microsoft's HoloLens mixed reality head-mounted display, a drone can enable users to see through walls, while controlling the drone becomes as easy as virtually "grabbing" the device and placing it in a specific location.

In their experiment, the researchers used an OptiTrack external localization system to help the drone with its path planning. The researchers tested both an AR system and a traditional remote controller with a first-person video stream from the drone, and found participants universally preferred the AR view.

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