Traditionally, 3D control of a drone is handled by an operator using a box similar to a game controller, with 2 simple joysticks for up/down and left/right. Using this 30 year old approach to control an expensive piece of equipment isn't productive, and is a recipe for disaster if the outcome is a crash or collision.
Impyrium has developed and patented a single-handed 6 degree of freedom (DOF) joystick that lets the operator control the drone (or underwater vehicle, or robot arm) in the most intuitive way possible. In fact, we think that our approach is so intuitive that the end movement is an extension of the operators mind.
With one hand, the operator can control movement for: up/down, back/forward, right/left, pitch, roll, and yaw. The operator's other hand is now free to control the payload, such as a camera or data gathering apparatus on a gimbal.
The operator is much more productive with an intuitive, single handed solution. And most importantly, the number of crashes and collisions drops. Less money is spent on repairs, and the ROI on the equipment goes up.
Our first generation 6 DOF controller has a number of innovations. First, we developed a 'living hinge' that can be 3D printed or laser cut. Two of these hinges are counter-tensioned and hold the joystick shaft in space. We then use hall effect sensing and a proprietary algorithm to translate joystick movement into actual movement, with no touching parts.