MIT applying hands-free technology to land unmanned craft on carriers

03/16/2012 | Verge, The

A team of MIT developers is working on technology that could enable unmanned planes to take off and land on aircraft carriers with the aid of gesture-based guidance from deck crews. The system -- which relies on technology similar to Microsoft's Kinect hands-free game controller -- uses a stereo video camera and a software-based algorithm to analyze 24 different hand and arm gestures, like those used for human pilots, to deliver data to incoming unmanned aircraft.

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