Category: Sports and Outdoor Recreation

Running Drone

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Running Drone is a four rotor helicopter with a camera for the blind that allows the visually impaired to run effectively around a track, allowing them to exercise independently without a sighted guide. This system has two cameras, one downward-facing that follows the lines on a track and a second camera focused on a point on its user's shirt. This system is controlled by four rotors, hence its name. The quadcopter or quadrotor helicopter is a prototype drone system that files at eye level, about 10 feet ahead of its user. As the runner runs, the drone adjusts to the runner’s speed. This quadcopter was invented by Eelke Folmer of UNR's Human Plus Lab and has yet to be tested outdoors due to regulations but has been tested inside successfully.

Folmer created the Running Drone to decreasse the prevalence of obesity among non-able-bodied persons.


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Running Drone

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Eelke Folmer
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Eelke Folmer works as an associate professor of computer science and is the head of University of Nevada- Reno’s Human Plus Lab. He works on prototypes and focuses on reducing the prevalence of obesity among people with disabilities, specifically through virtual fitness games and drones.
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Eelke Folmer