Epson uses AR for drone flight simulation

Epson is coming up with exciting new applications for its Moverio BT-300 Augmented Reality eyewear. As we mentioned in our review several months ago, amongst many other functions these Android-based AR glasses link up with the camera on a drone, so you can see the world from the drone’s point of view.

But now you can experience what it’s like to fly a drone, indeed, you can practice flying a drone, without actually needing the drone itself. But rather than looking through the drone’s camera, what you see is the drone itself overlaid on your environment.

This works through an app on the Moverio glasses controller. This was developed exclusively for the Epson Moverio BT-300 smart glasses by Y Media Labs. You will still need the drone controller for a DJI drone. The models supported by the app include the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4, Inspire 2 and Spark.

In addition to viewing the virtual drone as you fly it around, the app includes two “mini-games for advanced pilots”. Check out the video below to see it in action.

The app will be available from the Moverio Apps market in December, but can be experienced right now DJI stores and most drone retailers.

The Epson Moverio BT-300 Augmented Reality eyewear is available now for $1199.