Journal of Undergraduate Research


drones, high level commands, inertial measure unit


Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology


Electrical and Computer Engineering


The usage and application of small unmanned aircraft has grown in recent years, but training, and constant attention is often required for controlling an aircraft in even the simplest of tasks. Our research seeks to reduce the complexity in controlling drones by sending high level commands to them using unique hand gestures captured by a glove with an inertial measurement unit (IMU). This would allow the aircraft operators to maintain focus on a primary task while easily supplementing decisions and actions with aircraft data. In contrast to low level commands, such as directing drone velocities and control surfaces, high level commands could instruct the aircraft to move to a specific location relative to the user or to execute a certain preset maneuver. This project is designed specifically for the use of law enforcement and/or military personnel to give them added situational awareness.