Last September, as youtube.com user eye in the sky flew a sneaky drone over an HBO film set in Ireland capturing footage of what many thought would amount to a Season 6 spoiler for the hit tv series Game of Thrones, Virtual Reality enthusiasts were introduced to their very own Game of Drones.
Nowadays, a new kind of fun-under-the-sun is promised to lovers of “all things Virtual”. Want a first hand view of flying without having to actually be up in the sky? Easy! Want to feel yourself performing flight maneuvers at heights you previously only dreamed of going? No problem! VR’s got your solution: Drones. Thanks to new VR technology, you really can get a bird’s-eye view of earth.
Imagine yourself standing, feet planted firmly on the ground, remotely controlling a “flying camera” from your wrist. Looking through the lenses of the First Hand Viewer Goggles you’re wearing, the “flying camera lens” twists-and-turns as it tracks in sync with your own eye movements, showing you scenes in real-time of people playing, swimming, jumping and walking along grass and dirt-covered landscapes, as if you’re sitting atop your very own “magic carpet ride”. Welcome to FLYBi.
Recently, FLYBi has engineered for the world the first drone with virtual reality goggles. For those skeptical of Virtual Reality Technology, this new “Game of Drones” validates the many applications of this type of gaming science.
To savvy consumers of electronic technologies already accustomed to VR games of Star Wars Pod Racing, this latest aerial application reveals a “real-world” relevance blowing a much-needed wind beneath the wings of inventors developing these types of virtual products. As Ben Popper has written, stating in his article for theverge.com, “We’re going through an exciting period in the development of consumer drones.”
The current technology boom keeps this subject alive and forever interesting! Screens, goggles and glasses continue to evolve. Video transmitters and receivers have improved and become more reliable. Antennas and antenna tracking systems have improved. GPS accuracy has improved. There are heads-up display systems, head tracking capability and return-to-home features. There are apps that work in conjunction with your equipment to view video and GPS information.” – www.dronenthusiast.com
It seems that with VR’s Game of Drones, the sky might not be the limit, especially as the latest trends have moved from driving boats to more aeronautic endeavors. Now that vr has reached the sky, what’s left to conquer? RC Virtual Reality Space Drones, anyone? Yes! Well, maybe. Okay, probably. Either way, make no mistake that “What’s next?”, is top-of-mind for key innovators and influencers in this Game of Drones. How soon “what’s on their mind” gets to market, only time will tell.
Let’s talk: What do you think is next on the VR radar? Please leave a comment below…