Visit the New Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:

Weblimp Crowd-Controlled Remote Airship: Oh the Humanity!

by Paul Strauss

This shiny Mylar dirigible doesn’t look like the safest airship I’ve ever seen. No, not because of its poor aerodynamics. It’s more about the fact that it’s controlled by a group of people standing in another room who are trying to maneuver the blimp through various silly body movements.

weblimp_remote_crowd_control_blimp

Created by a group of students for Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT), the weBlimp is a remote-controlled flying machine that’s driven through crowd collaboration. A camera and audio sensors installed in one room react to the crowd’s movements and convey those to the blimp’s flight controls in another room.

weblimp_diagram_logo

According to its creators, the weBlimp’s control mechanism “conceptually miniaturizes participants and places them inside the gondola of a remote controlled blimp.” As you can see by the video below, it’s really a pretty ridiculous way to control the thing, and produces what I wouldn’t call the most controlled flight you’ve ever seen. But it still looks like fun.

At least they didn’t fill their airship with hydrogen, cover it with highly flammable paint then hit it with some static electricity.

[via GreenDiary via NOTCOT]




Comments are closed for posts older than 90 days.

Our Latest & Greatest Posts...

Review: Wren V5US Wireless Speaker

Review: Wren V5US Wireless Speaker

Fallout Monsters in Real Life

Fallout Monsters in Real Life

DC Comics Teddy Bears: Plushtice League

DC Comics Teddy Bears: Plushtice League

Ford\

Ford's Immersive Cinematic Engineering Tech Makes Virtual Cars Look Like Real Cars

Deal: Save 23% on the Doxie Go Wi-Fi Scanner

Deal: Save 23% on the Doxie Go Wi-Fi Scanner

More from Awesomer Media...

The Awesomer Logo MightyMega Logo 95octane Logo
Win Prizes in the Technabob Shop
discussion by