March 18, 2014
TORONTO, ON — In a showdown worthy of Star Wars, University of Toronto engineering students will fly quad-copter drones controlled only by gestures in a battle of piloting and programming prowess.
Undergraduate students in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering have written software programs that allow them to control quad-copter drones using only hand and arm gestures. The participants have trained for a year to perfect their piloting techniques.
There will be two contests—a talent show where pilots get two minutes to show off their best moves and a timed race where drones will undertake a series of controlled maneuvers.
WHAT: Jedi Wars: High-Flying Robotics Competition
WHEN: Wednesday, March 19 at 6 pm
WHERE: Sandford Fleming Building, basement atrium, 10 King’s College Road
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S3G4
VIDEO: For a demonstration of a gesture-controlled quad-copter, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhyIvekzx38&feature=youtu.be
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The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering