This Is Engineering based in Seoul has this week created a next-generation drone controller that has been designed to replace the clunky thumb controlled joysticks on current controllers, with a single device that can be held in one hand.
Watch the video below to learn more about how this gesture based pocket sized drone controller can revolutionise the way you control your drone, by allowing you to holding the controller in one had and wearing a special “ring” on your thumb.
SHIFT has launched by Kickstarter this month to raise the $50,000 it requires to go into production. The developers of SHIFT explain a little more about its inspiration, design and gesture based technology which combine to makes flying a drone even easier.
“Shift” is the first user-centric drone with a revolutionary controller. With “Shift”, you can enjoy flying a drone with just one hand & one thumb. Simply hold the controller and wear a special ring on your thumb. “Shift” is the first drone that uses “One Hand Control” system – flying a drone in a very simple and intuitive way.
There are several features that make the “Shift” exceptional from current existing drones. Experiencing our seamlessly designed drone, you would change perceptions about drones. There is no need to think before ahead, you just mover your thumb where you want to fly the drone. Version 1’s Ring is attached to the controller. The connected ring supports stable movement with fundamental drone features.
Version 2’s Ring is not attached to the controller; once you wear the ring on your thumb, the ring can move independently in any position. Thus, you can control a drone more delicately and change directions as you wish. A lighter and smaller drone is perfect for family occasions. As the drone’s main body does not contain any razor-sharp materials, you can reassure yourself even when kids are around. Your family and children can have a fun with the mini-drone.
As a 4K camera is installed to “Shift”, you can shoot HD-level video. Especially, Shift’s controller and extension are developed for drone beginners to shoot like professionals. Essentially, what we did was to take the complexity and unnecessary functions out to make the product available and affordable for everyone. We included the fundamental drone functions for users. The Shift’s extension is ergonomically designed, so that users can easily operate various functions including filming. “Jog dial and buttons” are optimized for many different operations and users can personalize those.
Visit Kickstarter via the link below for full specifications and all available pledges.