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Gadget Freak Case #241: Gloved Hand Controls Airplane's Flight
5/17/2013

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The Spatial Hand Remote lets users fly a remote control airplane intuitively. The idea is to track the position of the right hand, so that the plane can follow the same orientation as it flies.
The Spatial Hand Remote lets users fly a remote control airplane intuitively. The idea is to track the position of the right hand, so that the plane can follow the same orientation as it flies.

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mrdon
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Re: The Kids Are Alright
mrdon   7/23/2013 1:40:27 PM
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Rob, Hey that's great information to know, thanks for providing it.

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Rob Spiegel   7/22/2013 4:36:37 PM
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MrDon, receiving a Gadget Freak submission from high schoolers would be particularly great. We have forms for the parents of minors to fill out so we can publish their work.

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mrdon   7/19/2013 6:05:37 PM
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Rob, Yes, there is a group of Capstone students working on various microcontroller projects. Still awaiting on a group to submit a project for Gadget Freak. May have an opportunity with high school students at a local Center of Technology high school.

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Re: Fly by hand
Tool_maker   7/2/2013 4:34:40 PM
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@warren; obviously from the responses, this audience is too young to get your clap reference. I was imagining the principles involved giving each other high-fives and destroying all of their work.

  This gadget is so much better than the fly by string planes we had as kids where any length of use at all was guaranteed to render the pilot hopelessly dizzy. Well done folks.

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Fly by hand...
Nugent_56   7/2/2013 10:40:52 AM
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Is there any actual free-flight video?

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Rob Spiegel   6/25/2013 10:55:12 AM
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Are any of your students actively working on gadgets, MrDon?

mrdon
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mrdon   6/19/2013 12:55:57 AM
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Nadine J

You bring up an interesting point about limited dexterity in the elderly. Developing gesture based controls is perfect for the elderly because of the natural deterioriation of muscles and bones making it difficult to grip objects.  I see a potential market here besides the CAD and gaming industry for gesture based controls. Very good observation Nadine J :)

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mrdon   6/19/2013 12:44:02 AM
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NadineJ

The project build for my gadgets will be non-enclosure, open electronic circuit breadboards. The smarts for the gadgets will consist of rapid development tools like  the Arduino, Cypress PSoC, and the Raspberry Pi. The theme of my gadgets is graphics and animation interaction using Physical Computing controls. The objective behind these gadgets is to demonstrate the ease in which new product concepts can be sketch using microcontrollers and discrete I/O electronic circut interfaces for human interaction. Also, the open design approach is to stimulate readers to enhance the gadget based on their own personal requirements.

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NadineJ   6/19/2013 12:20:04 AM
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Using the full hand as a control has to healthier than what we use now.  Many people have limited dexterity as they age.  Using our hands in large, natural gestures could help prevent that.  It's certainly better than gripping a mouse or remote control.

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NadineJ   6/19/2013 12:15:12 AM
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That looks really cool.  I can't wait to see the gadgets you come up with!

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