DJI are at the forefront of all things drone, including the ability to fly your quadcopter in virtual reality. In another demonstration that they’re at the cutting edge of drone technology, DJI have announced their latest product – the DJI Goggles.
What Can They Do?
You get to see the view that your drone’s camera is capturing in real time, with the effect being an immersive experience similar to flying. Sound like fun?
To raise the level of anticipation even higher, the DJI Goggles not only give you an intense drone’s eye view but they allow you to control your drone just by moving your head. You can control the drone’s yaw (movement left and right) and the camera’s tilt (up and down).
On top of controlling the drone and its camera’s movement, the DJI Goggles allow you to control some of the camera’s actions and settings. You can adjust the focus, start recording, and take pictures. The Fixed-Wing Mode puts the drone in control of the flying which lets you look around and take in the view.
Optics And Transmission
The goggles go over your head and show you the camera feed straight from your drone in glorious HD on a small, 1920×1080 screen in front of each eye. The goggles have a beam splitter which prevents the images shown to each eye from overlapping and give two times the amount of pixels as a standard 2K screen.
DJI have worked to implement a system whereby the goggles attempt to counteract the possible delay between the drone’s camera and goggles caused by unreliable Wi-Fi connections to achieve excellent image transmission. The OcuSync lets you connect two pairs of goggles to your drone rather than one with a latency which reaches as little as 110ms.
The OcuSync allows you to sync a Mavic Pro directly to the DJI Goggles. In order to connect a Phantom 4 Pro, Phantom 4 Advanced, Phantom 4, and the Inspire 2 you’ll have to connect using the USB port on the controller.
Fortunately the first-person view is compatible with Inspire, Phantom 4, and Mavic Pro drones. A single battery charge of the goggles will last up to six hours which will give you a chance to use another cool new feature. You can load images and video from your drone’s Micro SD card straight to the goggle which will allow you to review footage right there and then.
Another DJI Success?
The size of the market for the DJI Goggles is potentially huge. Any drone enthusiast with a compatible drone may be tempted to buy a pair in order experience the effect of flying or to have greater, more immersive control over their filming. They’re not only great for hobbyists but have great commercial uses too. For professional filming the greater level of control which the goggles give you, along with the ability to review footage on the spot, are likely to prove very popular.
The price may make some potential buyers think twice as they’re going to retail at $449 which is more expensive than other drone goggles and even more expensive than some DJI drones themselves.
DJI themselves appear optimistic as Paul Pan the Senior Product Manager for DJI explained: “DJI pilots deserve a first-person viewing experience with the same quality, power, and performance they have come to expect from our aerial platforms. We fully expect that they will be thrilled with the fun and immersive experience of flying with our goggles.”
If the DJI Goggles capture the public’s imagination as much as DJI’s drones have then they will no doubt prove hugely popular when they eventually launch in May.