Have you dreamt about sitting in the cockpit of the drone that you’re flying and having an unblocked view of all the actions around you? With virtual reality (VR) headsets, drone hobbyists can have a taste of just that.
VR technology is somewhat a game changer in the drone racing scene, as VR headsets allow for a first-person view (FPV) and much more immersive experience, said
Those who took part in the contest were flying what he called the “tiny whoop”,
“Every drone is unique and can be modified down to its frame, motor
To ace the race, drone flyers had to maneuver their drones through a series of obstacles in the circuit and complete as many laps as possible within a given time. The first to complete 3 laps without having to “revive” their drones (flipping them after they capsize) was crowned the winner, and this time, the title went to 14-year-old Wong Jin Rong (below).
“I think it’s exciting and immersive when you wear the goggles, it gives you a first-person point of view – as if you are flying in the quadcopter itself,” said Jin Rong, who picked up this hobby in mid-2017 after learning about it from a friend. He was previously a radio-controlled (RC) car racing enthusiast.
VR headsets make it possible for drone racers to feel like they’re navigating a much larger and more exciting terrain even when they’re flying within a controlled space. This is why
But for now, they will have to make do
with flying small drones.
“The government has regulations pertaining to drones for safety purposes…Some bigger drones even require a permit to fly,” said Mr Goh.
Currently in Singapore, owners of drones that have a payload exceeding 7kg require an Operator Permit and a Class 1 Activity Permit. As for “tiny whoop” owners, no permit is required for indoor and outdoor flying.
Drone permits can be applied at the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).