In collaboration with DJI, Epson, providers of the Moverio augmented reality smart eyewear platform, has announced the world’s first glasses-based augmented reality drone flight simulator app, developed by Y Media Labs exclusively for its Epson Moverio BT-300 (FPV/Drone Edition) smart eyeglasses.
The application allows a user to fly a 3D digital drone in the real world using flight controllers from the latest DJI drones, including the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4, Inspire 2 and Spark. The simulator mirrors a DJI Mavic Pro’s normal moves, allowing pilots to learn how to fly and knowledgeable pilots to sharpen their skills.
“Augmented reality is set to revolutionize the industry with the capability to make a more secure, more productive flight,” said Romsin Oushana of DJI Partnerships. “The hands-free, heads-up experience delivered by the Epson Moverio BT-300 is the best way to experience aerial AR.”
The flight simulator experience is seen through the Epson Moverio BT-300 smart glasses and includes two mini-games and a fly mode for advanced pilots. It’ll be published on the Moverio Apps Market after this season but can be experienced today at any given DJI store or many local drone retailers.
“This is arguably the first mainstream consumer program for augmented reality smart eyeglasses,” explained Eric Mizufuka, Manager, New Ventures, Epson America. “The capability to digitally ‘paint the sky’ is a game-changer from the drone marketplace and will usher in an exciting assortment of applications. We have been really impressed with DJI’s upgraded Mobile SDK and look forward to continuing to invest in new partnerships and applications in this space.”
The application was made by Y Media Labs, a top Silicon Valley-based creative technology agency, under the management of the DJI and Epson Moverio teams.
“We are excited to partner with Epson and also DJI to set the benchmark to high-value consumer experiences in the AR area by harnessing the power of cutting-edge technology and world-class design,” said Ashish Toshniwal, CEO of Y Media Labs.
The flight simulator is the first application in a series of aerial augmented reality software being developed by Y Media in partnership with DJI and Epson. A full-featured AR program for the Epson Moverio glasses that are smart is being made to improve capabilities, productivity and the security of DJI drones for amateurs and professionals alike. It’s scheduled to be established by the end of the year.