Exploratory Research Division Interactive Drone Content for Entertainment / Wildlife Symbiosis
Fig.1Overview of Third-Person Piloting: (a) Two drones are flying:primary and coupled second drone. Primary one is controlled by a pilot to capture a man walking along the street in its first-person perspective (FPP). Second is semi-automatically flying orbitally around primary one to capture third-person perspective (TPP); (b, c,d) Pilot can observe FPP and TPP and change TPP’s direction by rotating a miniature on controller.

[ Project Leader, Professor* ] Yoshifumi Kitamura

Research Activities

This project aims to develop core technologies of interactive drone content for real industrial use including entertainment and wildlife symbiosis, through close industry/academia/government cooperation. It is expected to support continuous development of drone technologies through this innovation, and produce new industry and services in response to societal needs.

Research topics

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Fig.2 Concept of crow-type-drone to communicate with crows

(1) Development of intuitive user interface for a drone pilot and techniques for video sharing and distribution.

We propose Third-Person Piloting, a novel drone manipulation interface that increases situational awareness using an interactive third-person perspective from a second, spatially coupleddrone.

(2) Development of crow-type-drone to communicate with crows.