inon rettig + boaz mendel + arthur brutter: x chopper inon rettig + boaz mendel + arthur brutter: x chopper
aug 12, 2010

inon rettig + boaz mendel + arthur brutter: x chopper

‘x-chopper’

x-chopper is a collaborative project by inon rettig, boaz mendel and arthur brutter from jerusalem, israel. completed as part of their third year studies at bezalel academy of arts and design, the concept behind x-chopper is based on their childhood memories of flying.

‘back then, before flight simulators and video games, all we needed to do to fly was spread our hands out wide, close our eyes and run around the house imagining we were in a plane gliding high above‘- IR, BM and AB

demonstration of ‘x-chopper’

algorithm used to control ‘x-chopper’ two hand down: off two hands up: full power six mid positions between off and full power right hand up and left down: full power left left hand up and right hand down: full power right six mid positions between left and right

thinking of ways to translate these childhood dreams of flight into an interactive project, they decided to alter the joystick of a toy helicopter so that it could instead be controlled through the motion of spreading one’s hands and ‘flying’.

in the production of ‘ex-chopper’, the movement of the joystick is translated into an accelerometer using a simple algorithm. for instance, two hands down translates to an off command, while two hands up indicates full power. there are six mid positions between off and full power. the accelerometers are implanted within special gloves. the ‘brain’ of the controls is strapped around the waste.

  • brilliant!

    RD says:
  • you guys are awesome… hope to see you soon… all the best from berlin

    teriyaki says:
  • bring back the memory which has been forget for long time . Just Love it . and Thanks for it .

    미아오 says:
  • Really cool idea. Folks are going to love this one d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Best luck to you!!!

    Marla Brenda says:
  • The controls don’t appear to be working well enough to be able to use it unfortunately.
    Hope to see a better video soon though, cause it really looks nice.

    Winterthur says:

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