Published: Thu, April 27, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

DJI unveils goggles that gives wearer a 'drone's eye view'

DJI unveils goggles that gives wearer a 'drone's eye view'

One of the world's leading drone manufacturers, DJI, has announced features and specs for their upcoming and rather exciting technology, DJI Goggles.

Now for some technical talk: DJI Goggles use a beam splitter to display an image in front of each eye, creating a full HD 1920x1080 resolution on each screen.

Pricing of the M600 Pro drone complete with Hasselblad H6D-100c camera and Ronin-MX gimbal will be announced later this year, but expect it to cost between £35,000 and £40,000 based on the cost of the individual components. As DJI points out, this provides more than twice the amount of pixels as a typical 2K display - it's claimed to be like viewing a 216-inch home cinema screen from about 3 meters (9.8 ft) away. Through DJI's OcuSync wireless transmission system, up to two pairs of DJI Goggles can be connected to a single Mavic Pro aircraft.

But DJI Goggles are about more than getting that first-person perspective - different control modes allow a turn of the head to adjust the direction of the drone, or the movement of the gimbal.

'An AR trajectory prediction feature in Fixed Wing Mode makes using this mode much safer in complex environments'.

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The firm compares turning your head as if it were the control sticks in a handheld remote - turn left, or right to yaw left or right, and straighten your head to stop the turn.

The headband design balances and spreads the weight DJI Goggles around the head, to reduce the pressure on the wearer's head.

Paul Pan, senior product manager at DJI, says that this next step is exactly what DJI users deserve. Combined with Fixed Wing Mode, you can use your head to control the Mavic Pro for an immersive flight experience. You can also plug headphones into the headphone jack or use the onboard speakers to listen to audio on videos being played through the HDMI cable.

The DJI Goggles should last six hours on a charge, feature touch controls on the side for menu exploring and even work for those wearing glasses. This week they've launched a new product to compliment their Phantom and Mavic drones - the DJI Goggles. The Goggles are expected to start shipping on May 20 for pilots with an extra $449 lying around.

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