Flying a real drone in a VR world is as weird as it sounds

Mixed reality drones could one day be in your local arcade.

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    As drones become more ubiquitous in our lives, it's really only been a matter of time until they integrated themselves into our arcade games as well. French startup Drone Interactive has done just that by combining physical drones with virtual reality gameplay.

    At the booth demo Engadget was afforded on Tuesday, players donned VR goggles and used standard Xbox controllers to command a small quadcopter with the goal of shooting down virtual insect enemies within a specific time limit. The company envisions arcades and theme parks adopting the technology in a variety of ways. For example, park guests might don AR glasses and fight against swarms of autonomous drones in a mixed reality game of laser tag. Or, players might race drones around a real track but gain MarioKart-style power-ups through the VR gameplay.

    Unfortunately, the technology is still in its early prototype stage and the company is currently looking for investors to help bring the system to market, so don't expect to go shooting down virtual TIE fighters at Disneyland's "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" anytime soon.

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    Andrew has lived in San Francisco since 1982 and has been writing clever things about technology since 2011. When not arguing the finer points of portable vaporizers and military defense systems with strangers on the internet, he enjoys tooling around his garden, knitting and binge watching anime.

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