In recent months I've been doing a lot with drones. I have my FAA (Part 107) Drone Pilot License and am creating software tools for aerial photogrammetry. At some point I'll post an entry about my serious work with drones, but in this post I want to write about something much more fun; having to do with controlling an indoor drone with Magic Leap purely through hand gestures.
A couple of months ago there was a hackathon (the Unity/NYC XR Jam, for which my entry was awarded the best AR application) that took place at R-Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. During that weekend I built a Magic Leap application with Unity to pilot a drone purely through 14 hand gestures like the one shown here:
The drone used is an educational drone primarily designed for indoor use that is known as the Tello Drone (manufactured by Ryze).
The Tello costs about $100. The drone is remarkable for its price. If you want to start playing with drones for recreation this would be a great first experience. Most significantly from my standpoint, it has a well defined SDK.
In any case, here is a video showing the drone in action purely managed through hand gestures.