Five years ago, a drone called Joggobot was being developed by Floyd Mueller and Eberhard Gräther at the RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) in Australia. The drone was designed to make sure you don’t feel alone while jogging or running.
Exercising with a partner is better than doing it alone. At times, running alone becomes boring where Joggobot becomes your companion by recognizing you from a special pattern printed on your t-shirt.
People had mixed reaction for the gadget. It was weird for many as for them pets were a great companion for jogging than drones or robots. While many loved the idea of a drone hovering and witnessing them break their own records.
After Joggobot, Sony was another company researching on the similar things two years ago. They were trying to cast another Joggobot in the same mould — in a better manner, nonetheless.
Using your heartbeats to help a drone find your location
We also found that recently Sony got a patent granted for controlling a drone using heartbeats of a runner. The patent, in general, discloses a creative method to find exact location of a runner.
As per the patent, a smartwatch will monitor heartbeats of a runner/jogger and will send that to a drone. A drone will use this data to predict current and future location of the runner.
The drone will constantly match a runner’s heartbeats with his speed and will store that. This data will help him predict your how fast one can run on the basis of his heartbeats which it will use in adjusting zoom level of the camera installed therein.
In this manner, the camera of a drone will have a better sense of how to capture activities of a runner which he can use later to evaluate and enhance his performance.
The drone will not depend on any special visual patterns to recognize a runner like the Joggobot. This eliminates the problem of wearing the same t-shirt again.
Drones are becoming ubiquitous slowly. No matter if you want to extinguish fire, or deliver pizzas, or want to do cell tower maintenance, you can use a drone.