I wonder if ‘drone-envy’ is has ever been diagnosed. I’m not talking about being envious of somebody with a drone, but rather envy of the drone itself. Swerving around in the air hundreds of feet above the ground seems pretty damn cool if you ask me. Fortunately, drone-giant DJI has provided relief for sufferers of this undiagnosed condition with its new DJI Goggles.
With these nifty specs, users are thrown right into the cockpit of a quad-copter drone with all the simulated realism of a VR headset. The DJI Goggles display two 1920×1080 displays in front of each eye. If you need a bit of perspective here, the company has compared wearing the headset to watching a 216 inch home theater TV set from ten feet away. The headset offers both 720p/60fps and close range 1080p/30fps viewing with an impressively low latency of 110ms. With DJI’s OcuSync wireless transmission system, up to four devices can be connected to the Mavic Pro simultaneously. The goggles can wireless connect to Mavic Pro or Phantom 4 and uses head motion to control the drone’s on-board camera. Each drone is capable of handling up to two sets of goggles, so you can bring a friend into the fun as well.
The camera has undergone some impressive adjustments in the past few years. The camera can be adjusted either through the goggles’ head-tracking capability or through the included remote controller sticks. Users can turn their heads left or right to yaw, and straighten their heads to stop turning. If you’re worrying about comfort, the DJI Goggles are leagues above their competitors in this category. The solid headband is designed to balance and spread the weight of the goggles around the user’s head evenly, minimizing pressure.
The DJI Goggles feature a range of built-in interfaces allowing for integration with a range of external devices. A micro-USB input allows users to connect any compatible Phantom 4 series and Inspire 2 to gain access to tracking functions and head-tracking. The Goggles also come included with a Micro SD card for capturing and backing-up your drone footage. The $449 DJI Goggles will begin shipping after May 20th.
You can purchase the Phantom drone here and the Inspire here.