Paralyzed man uses FPV drone to “walk” around

November 25, 2013 11:48 | By | Add a Comment

This is one amazing use of robots and quadcopters as telepresence device for disabled people:

Henry Evans, who was paralized by a stroke in the prime of his life, is now chained to a bed by his body. With only minimal motor control, his options of “getting around” would be zero, were it not for… essentially, purpose-built RC vehicles.

He’s showing off a modified AR.Drone quadcopter which he controls via an Oculus Rift. He also enjoys playing robot soccer. Of course this is very much experimental and the short flight times and high maintenance effort means he is not going to do this without help or supervision anytime soon, but it’s inspiring nonetheless.

Check out the really awesome TED talk video after the break.

 

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