Halo Dev Update #06: The Controller

First off, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. One of the most important aspects of the Thanics Halo product is the controller. The controller is what you hold and feel while you fly the drone, so perfecting the design of this device has been a top priority for us. Over the past few months, we have significantly improved the controller design, going from a concept to an almost completed product.

From the image below, you will notice this is not an average remote controller, it is more of a hybrid controller. As the pilot, you can put the controller on your wrist while doing other activities that you want to film, like biking, running, and many others, and the drone will autonomously follow you and execute maneuvers drawn out on the touchscreen of the controller.

The other option is to fly in the more traditional way, with 2 hands using stick controls. The design of the controller allows for the feel of a larger controller, giving the pilot more stability in thumb movements, while in a much smaller package.

There are two screens on the controller, one 3.5 inch touchscreen on the controller, and your phone screen. The phone will display live FPV (first person view) video from the drone's 360 camera, while the smaller touchscreen will display an overhead view of the landscape to do waypoint based maneuvers and maneuvers such as pans and orbits around objects. We designed the touchscreens in this way so that while the controller is mounted on the arm, the pilot can control the drone through waypoints with one hand, rather than using the 2 stick controls.

The phone mount uses flexible bands to secure the phone, with various bands to support a large range of phone sizes. The phone mount is also attached to the controller magnetically, so if you don't want to use your phone, it can be removed from the controller completely.

Finally, the controller folds up into a small package for storage. Please comment about your thoughts on the controller design, we value your input and will implement it in future versions, as we strive to perfect the design.

-Andrew Loomis, Chief Design Engineer