Lately, the drone world scene has gone through periods of great uncertainty, because several countries have imposed different laws about the drones usage without an international consensus on the matter and because of several inconveniences and large-scale accidents, from drones crashing against houses and electric poles, to pilots who have hurt people while flying over densely populated areas, not to mention those who have invaded the aerial space of airports during the landing of commercial flights. That is why security measures have been implemented, especially on drone racing scenarios to protect the attending public, although in some cases the spectator places are so far from the arena that it ends up affecting the experience being difficult to watch the maneuvers and their favorite pilots.
Most sponsors supporting drone races all over the world have realized that this distance between the public and the race action, can result in a decrease of the tickets sales since many of the public prefer to watch the race arena by streaming or through channels like ESPN because the action feels so much closer, or at least that is what they thought until the arrival of the new technology to enjoy drone races in a safe manner.
In most recent races the Aerial Sports League (ASL) has proposed a new strategy to motivate the public to go to the race arena and that strategy is nonother than installing a series of FPV booths each one of which is connected to a specific drone. This way the people can not only enjoy the race just like if they were on the pilot’s booth guiding the drone, but they can also choose to observe everything from the perspective of their favorite pilot and learn about the tricks and maneuvers that they do during the race.
This new way of living all drone races has motivated various companies to create goggles for the audience that not only renders the path and the flight maneuvers, but also strive to provide the user with other advantages such as the ability to take a picture at any given moment or share a video on their social networks, thanks to the signal that their goggles receive from the drone in its flight.
One of the first companies that attempted to provide this level of experience was EPSON with its Moverio BT-200 augmented reality goggles, which in addition to being very light, offers an absolute immersion experience. The glasses have a battery with a 6 hours duration, storage capacity of 8GB that can be expanded to 32 GB by an external SD card, they have a 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. Without a doubt, it is an excellent device to feel in your own flesh all the adrenaline of a drone race.