DJI announces drone goggles

Drone market leader DJI has announced DJI Goggles, which give drone pilots a bird’s eye view of the world in full HD.

DJI Goggles combine a pair of large ultra-high-quality screens, long-range and low-latency wireless connectivity, and direct control of photo and video capture. Operators using a Mavic Pro or Phantom 4 series drone can also access many intelligent flight features using a touchpad on the side of the visor.
‘We have refined every element of DJI Goggles to the same standards as our aerial platforms, and we have optimized their connectivity to provide the most amazing drone experience yet,’ said Paul Pan, DJI’s Senior Product Manager.

DJI Goggles use a beam splitter to display an image in front of each eye, as well as polarization to prevent any image overlap. This creates full HD 1920×1080 resolution per screen. DJI says wearing the DJI Goggles is like looking at a 216-inch home cinema screen placed from about three metres.

Using DJI’s OcuSync wireless transmission system, two pairs of goggles can be connected to a single Mavic Pro. DJI Goggles can receive video data directly from the drone, bypassing the controller to minimise lag. When flying with the Mavic Pro, DJI Goggles offers both 720p at 60 fps and close range 1080p at 30 fps with latency as low as 110ms.

A touchpad integrated into the goggles makes navigating the internal menu system simple, providing easy access to key intelligent flight features such as ActiveTrack, TapFly, Terrain Follow, Cinematic Mode and Tripod Mode. In Fixed Wing Mode, DJI Goggles are a whole new way to fly the Mavic Pro. In this mode, the aircraft flies forward with enough rotational movement to simulate realistic flight. An AR trajectory prediction feature in Fixed Wing Mode makes using this mode much safer in complex environments.

Head Tracking allows operators using a Mavic Pro or Phantom 4 to use head movements to control both aircraft yaw and camera tilt. Turning your head is like moving the control sticks – turn left, or right to yaw left or right, and straighten your head to stop the turn. Another option is using DJI Goggles to control the gimbal exclusively, while the aircraft operator maintains control of the aircraft with the master controller. Combined with Fixed Wing Mode, you can use your head to control the Mavic Pro for an immersive flight experience. (It’srecommended to use a spotter to help monitor the surrounding airspace.)

A stable headband design balances and spreads weight, minimising pressure on the face and maximising comfort. The operator can flick between third person view and FPV in a matter of seconds. Operators can even wear glasses inside and quit FPV mode instantly by flipping the visor up so they can see the aircraft and their surroundings. The screen and headband can be detached for ease of portability and storage.

A range of interfaces allowing the gtoggles to work with different devices. They can sync with the Mavic Pro via DJI’s OcuSync transmission system, while the Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Advanced, Phantom 4 Pro, and Inspire 2 drones can connect via the controller’s USB port. An onboard Micro SD card allows operators to download files from the aircraft to the goggles or review video files on the spot. Additionally, the HDMI input allows DJI Goggles to connect to a video device for watching films and even playing video games.

DJI Goggles’ first-person viewing experience works with DJI aerial platforms including the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 series, and Inspire series (intelligent flight features using the touchpad vary with each model of aircraft). On a full charge, DJI Goggles are fully operational for a maximum of six hours.

While local release details are yet to be confirmed, the DJI Goggles will start shipping after May 20 in the US, at a recommended price of US$449.

For more info about DJI Goggles, please visit: http://www.dji.com/dji-goggles


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