Scientists use the Force (in an Apple Watch) to fly a drone

Researchers at Taiwan’s National Chung Hsing University demonstrated a clever use of the motion sensors in Apple Watch to interpret hand gestures, enabling them to remotely control real world devices akin to the science fiction fantasy depicted in Star Wars.

PVD+ co-founder Mark Ven shows off the impressive technology in the following video from Reuters.

The research team developed an algorithm for the wearable device which means users can control not only drones, but lights and other devices using gestures.

As the video shows, Ven and his colleagues have created an impressive system which allows the Apple Watch to recognise very specific movements, from clapping to drawing particular shapes in the air.

This makes it possible to dim lights as well as change their colour by writing the outlines of letters.

Is this the breakthrough all budding Jedis have been waiting for? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Eileen E. White

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