A South Korean start-up company has developed a thumb ring and accompanying stick for controlling a drone one-handed. Angela Moore reports.
Soon you will be able to control the movements of a drone with just one hand. Researchers in South Korea have developed a first-of-its-kind controller that fits into the palm of your hand and uses a thumb ring to guide the drone. The device called "Shift" and it is made by the company 'this is engineering' - based in Seoul. The founder and CEO is Hong Yoo-jung. SOUNDBITE (Korean) FOUNDER AND CEO OF THIS IS ENGINEERING INC., HONG YOO-JUNG, SAYING: "The drones can be moved to the front and the rear, to up and down, and to left and right with the use of the thumb and rotate with the use of the index finger. So the position of the thumb determines the speed and direction of the drone." The handheld device can also carry a 4K camera that shoots 13 megapixel photographs. It also has 8 gigabytes of onboard memory. SOUNDBITE (Korean) FOUNDER AND CEO OF THIS IS ENGINEERING INC., HONG YOO-JUNG, SAYING: "By using Shift extension device, professional aerial photographs can be taken without any extra equipment. It can also be used for First Person View drone racing." The basic thumb ring and stick will cost about 150 US dollars when it is introduced in Europe, Asia and the Americas next year. Its makers think that for Shift the sky's the limit.