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Researchers control a drone using The Force, and an Apple Watch

2016 has only just begun and already tech researchers have helped bring us all one step closer to becoming real-life Jedi.

A team from Taiwanese tech company PVD+ have made an app for the Apple Watch which allows them to control a drone using only hand and arm movements.

PVD+ co-founder Mark Ven shows off the impressive technology in the following video from Reuters.

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The research team developed an algorithm for the wearable device which means users can control not only drones, but lights and other devices using gestures.

As the video shows, Ven and his colleagues have created an impressive system which allows the Apple Watch to recognise very specific movements, from clapping to drawing particular shapes in the air.

This makes it possible to dim lights as well as change their colour by writing the outlines of letters.

Is this the breakthrough all budding Jedis have been waiting for? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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