The use of gaze to control drones.

John Paulin Hansen, Alexandre Alapetite, Scott Mackenzie, Emilie Møllenbach

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This paper presents an experimental investigation of gaze-based control modes for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or "drones"). Ten participants performed a simple flying task. We gathered empirical measures, including task completion time, and examined the user experience for difficulty, reliability, and fun. Four control modes were tested, with each mode applying a combination of x-y gaze movement and manual (keyboard) input to control speed (pitch), altitude, rotation (yaw), and drafting (roll). Participants had similar task completion times for all four control modes, but one combination was considered significantly more reliable than the others. We discuss design and performance issues for the gaze-plus-manual split of controls when drones are operated using gaze in conjunction with tablets, near-eye displays (glasses), or monitors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications : ETRA '14
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date26 Mar 2014
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-2751-0
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2014
EventEye Tracking Research and Applications - Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, Safety Harbor, Florida, United States
Duration: 26 Mar 201428 May 2014
Conference number: 8


ConferenceEye Tracking Research and Applications
LocationSafety Harbor Resort and Spa
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySafety Harbor, Florida
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