A team of researchers from Queen’s University Human Media Lab unveiled a system of flying “BitDrones», which allow users to explore the virtual information, interacting with levitation voxels.

Roel Vertegaal and his disciples, who created the technology say it is the first step towards the creation of interactive, self-levitating objects that can change shape in a programmable manner via swarms of tiny quadcopters, “BitDrones brings fly programmable matter closer to reality, “said Vertegaal.” This is the first step towards allowing people to interact with virtual 3D-objects as real physical objects. “

Now the system consists of three types of rumble.” PixelDrones “with a LED and a small matrix display. “ShapeDrones” there is a light grid and 3D printing frame and serve as building blocks for 3D-models. Finally, “DisplayDrones” has a high-resolution touch-screen and front-facing video camera, powered by Android smartphone. All three are reflective markers, allowing its position to monitor the real-time motion capture technology.

“You can actually touch these pixels”

“We call it the Real interface reality, not virtual reality interface,” says Vertegaal. “This is what distinguishes it from technologies such as HoloLens Microsoft and Rift Oculus: you can touch these pixels, and see them without a headset.”

Now the system consists of a dozen drones the size of 5 and 10 centimeters, but the team is working on a scale that up to a thousand drones less than a centimeter in size. In the end, Vertegaal hopes, such a system may allow us to navigate the digital systems, to recreate the digital 3D-objects in the real world, and even allow telepresence applications where motion someone’s head, track and play, someone to remotely check the place out.

You can see BitDrones in action in the video below

YouTube :. youtube.com/watch?v=hHBYMWc3ux8

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