MIX11 Fun: Controlling a hover drone with Surface & Kinect

At one of the talks today at MIX11, the focus was Natural User Interfaces (NUI) and their future. A lot of the talk was philosophical but there were also some cool demos of things not yet seen.

One of them was the use of a Surface 2.0 interface for a hover drone. Sure it has nothing to do with Windows Phones, but we're suckers for awesome gadgetry. Basically the Surface became the controller and it worked quite well. Next, was perhaps even cooler as the same hover drone was controlled via full body motion with the Kinect SDK. While perhaps not very practical, it goes to show how powerful NUI can be even for awesome remote controlled helicopter thingys. Sorry about the volume, can't help those things. (And yes, we want to be Jedis)

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.