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Google Glass Backyard Flight Sim

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This set uses the Google Glass hardware, plus some additional pieces: a small multi-axis gyro/accelerometer unit that can be worn on each hand. Together with the motion sensing abilities of the headgear, these allow the motion of the user's arms ('wings') to be interpreted as flight commands. The display serves as a HUD, and the earphones can supply audio cues, commands, and responses.

Of particular importance is the microphone, through which the user can indicate (by making the appropriate sounds) accelerations, high-g turns, machine-gun fire, weapons and stores launches, take-offs, landings, and many other in-mission occurances.

(Training flights would be necessary, of course, with the Google Co-Pilot repeatedly asking, "Sir! What was THAT!?". The responses would teach the software to recognize the purpose of various voice inputs.)

Works as a solo flight, or against an opponent in some other backyard anywhere in the world.

(For Jerith, who flew large numbers of sound-effects sorties from the back deck, past the swing set, and around the apricot tree... ten years ago.)

lurch, Apr 14 2013

Fly a drone with it https://blog.hackst...r-body-bdd653776875
Somewhat different, but a similar thought [lurch, Apr 26 2018]

Google Glass example images http://i.dailymail...._1024x615_large.jpg
Mentioned in my anno. These four images show what you see when you wear Google Glass. You only see this in your right eye, and it's up and to the right of the center of your field of vision. [notexactly, May 02 2018]

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       I would imagine that if/when Google Glass becomes a popular gaming format, the Flight Simulator app will be adapted. Wii controllers have built-in accelerometers, so this is nearly baked.   

       Bun, because it seems I can make airplane and machine-gun sounds while doing this.
whlanteigne, Apr 14 2013
  

       I'm obligated to bun.
DIYMatt, Apr 14 2013
  

       Go and get this crowdsource funded, I'm sure the HB reputation can withstand having produced one successful idea.   

       <starts practising strafing runs in the lounge>
not_morrison_rm, Apr 15 2013
  

       arghh...   

       Spirals down in flames...
not_morrison_rm, Apr 15 2013
  

       How about a bird-flight simulation mode, where the user's arm motions are interpreted as the flapping of wings?   

       Bonus points if the user is allowed to choose between hummingbird, sparrow, seagull, buzzard, swan, pterodactyl etc.
Wrongfellow, Apr 26 2018
  

       Pterodactyls didn't flap their wings. They could only glide.   

       Fossil evidence shows that their skeleton could not support the musculature for flapping flight.
8th of 7, Apr 27 2018
  

       Ah, hence their demise. Drinking liters of Monster cola and over-estimating their abilities at extreme cliff- jump sailing. Did they have any relations to the modern coyote, aka eatibus anythinges?
RayfordSteele, Apr 27 2018
  

       Google Glass is not at all suitable for use as a VR device. See the [linked] images that show approximately what it looks like (in one eye) when you're wearing it. It's about as immersive as playing a game on a smartwatch mounted on a rod in front of your face. However, many actual VR headsets and wands exist, and I'm pretty sure they did in 2013 too (though fewer). The HTC Vive would be my first pick for this game, though I'm not sure its infrared motion tracking system would work well outdoors in sunlight.
notexactly, May 02 2018
  
      
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