Spencer Ackerman of wired: The Air Force Research Laboratory’s band of futurists at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base think that pilots and flight engineers spend way too much time flipping switches and pressing buttons. In a recent pre-solicitation, the labs made it known they want enterprising engineers to design a pair of high-tech flight gloves that can help you fly a plane.
“Warfighter productivity is limited by the need to operate equipment via physical keys, switches, and buttons and to coordinate 3-D events viewed from different perspectives via time-consuming voice communications,” the labs lamented last week. The response? Link all the stuff necessary to flying a plane into a pair of gloves with gesture-recognition technology sewn in. Well, at least the stuff on cockpit annunciator panels.