When my son, Christopher was very young, he enjoyed remote-controlled vehicles. Trucks, cars, whatever.
The only problem was…he had to rely on his old man to operate the controller. Joysticks are not made for those who have no use of their hands. We had a lot of fun – him directing, me driving. Even when I managed to drive his first monster truck straight into our goldfish pond, we had fun. Good memories.
Any parent will understand that the memories are also bitter/sweet. If only he’d been able to take over the controls and have a go himself. Imagine the fun I would have had watching him crash into the pond!
Oh well. You learn how to ‘work around’ all kinds of situations when you live with cerebral palsy.
Anyway, yesterday, we discovered that may all be about to change. Using a combination of an iPad – the most accessible device on the planet – and the DJI Phantom 4 drone quadcopter (with a little help from me setting up the waypoints) Christopher got his first taste of piloting his own remote-controlled craft.
I never thought such things would be possible. I’m a pessimist, so I’m surprised!
Here’s a quick, very basic video to show what happened. Stay tuned. MUCH more to come. 🙂