DJI’s New Goggles Allows Drone Control with Head Movements
We are witnessing the dawn of commercial UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). According to a research done by Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, in 2016 drone unit sales grew an estimated 60% to 2.2 million, and revenue grew 36% to $4.5 billion. While the commercial drone industry is very new, one company already stands out from the rest: DJI, a company based in China.
DJI has been the leading manufacturer, producing some of the most innovative drones currently in the market. Consequently, their products (drones and drone gadgets) are always bestsellers in the market.
Very recently, DJI has unveiled their first entry in the FPV Goggles niche market. “The DJI Goggles are comfortable goggles designed for seamless FPV flying with DJI products. They combine a pair of large ultra-high quality screens, long-range, low lag wireless connectivity, and direct control of photo and video capture. With Intelligent Flight Modes like ActiveTrack, TapFly, Terrain Follow, Cinematic Mode and Tripod mode”. On top of all these awesome and useful features, DJI brings something new to the table.
DJI’s official marketing literature describes the Gogggles unique control method as:
Your head movements control both aircraft yaw and camera tilt in Head Tracking Flight mode as with remote controller sticks. All you need to do is turn left or right to yaw left or right, and straighten your head to stop turning. In Head Tracking Gimbal mode only the gimbal will move without affecting yaw.
DJI Goggles have a 1920×1080 image resolution (providing more than twice the number of pixels of a typical 2K single screen), it is like having two HD screens strapped to your face
Goggles can connect via WiFi to the drone; pilot can use head movements to control the drone’s yaw and camera tilt. Up to 2 DJI Goggles can be connected to the same drone at a time, thus enabling pilot to share FPV (First Person View).
One could argue that Head Tracking is certainly not a core feature of a FPV headset. However, it does enhance the FPV experience and provides the pilot another tool to achieve their means. Either to facilitate cinematographic recording, racing or even exploring, having this feature built-on a FPV headset is a good decision.
Such feature combined with all other amazing functions (ActiveTrack, TapFly, Terrain Follow, Cinematic Mode and Tripod mode) and the Goggles high-resolution, is a great entry in the FPV Goggles Market. It is important to mention that DJI Goggles are currently only compatible with DJI Phantom 4, Mavic Pro and Inspire 2. DJI FPV Goggles are currently priced at $449. They are not suitable for children, there are many other drones for kids in the market that feature FPV.
DJI is expanding their market and designing amazing and simple-to-use hardware. Right now, many drone manufacturers are investing in the FPV flight experience; when the demand increases, technology development tends to move a lot faster. What do you think of First Person View flights? Do you find Head Tracking useful? Let us know in the comment section below. Happy flying!