iPhone Application Controls Military Drones, Aids Training

Former Navy pilot and current MIT aerospace engineer Mary Cummings has developed an iPhone application that allows users to control unmanned surveillance drones via mobile device.

Former Navy pilot and current MIT aerospace engineer Mary Cummings has developed an iPhone application that allows users to control unmanned surveillance drones via mobile device. With a deep understanding of the poor user interfaces currently employed by military technology, Cummings has focused on making the navigation of task-oriented drones as intuitive as possible; Popular Science describes below:

Cummings once flew F-18 Hornets for the U.S. Navy, and saw fellow fighter pilots die in aircraft carrier landing mishaps. Since then, she has devoted her research at MIT’s Humans and Automation Laboratory (HAL) toward making it easier to fly drones and interact with technology. That means less time spent fiddling with menus or trying to zoom a camera, and more time focused on the task at hand — whether that involves trying to I.D. a sniper or search for victims after a natural disaster.

Watch a video demonstration of the MAV-VUE system:

[via PopSci]

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