A team of Japanese researchers has come up with a novel solution that enables people with low vision to play badminton. The unique concept replaces the shuttlecock with an encased DJI Tello drone and requires a special set of rackets.
Yoichi Ochiai, an assistant professor at the University of Tsukuba, and his students specifically aimed to develop a system that would recognize the location of a “flying object” during racket sports.
Since it is difficult for the visually impaired to play sports like badminton, the researchers wanted to devise a solution that would provide players with auxiliary information such as height, depth, left and right directions, and swing delay through a distinctive sound and haptic feedback.
The solution? Sensor-equipped rackets and a DJI Tello drone buzzing safely inside a cage, similar to what you would see in the sport of drone soccer.
But even then, since hitting the drone with a conventional racket was bound to damage the…