If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like soaring high up above like an eagle (because, let’s be honest, we all have), you’ll be glad to know that DJI has developed its very-own DJI Goggles, which can be used in conjunction with their drones in order to have a first-person perspective of what your drone is viewing.
If that’s not enough, you can also control your drone using head gestures and movement tracked by the Goggles themselves. It all sounds pretty Back to the Future, but we got the chance to get up close with the DJI Goggles to take a closer look at the innovative new tech.
What exactly are the Goggles?
So, essentially, the Goggles are a virtual reality (VR) headset, allowing you to immerse yourself in full wide-angle video (courtesy of the onboard camera on a DJI drone), allowing you to use your natural perspective and controlling the angle of view by turning your head, as you would if you were actually flying or controlling the drone camera in first-person.
What’s in the Goggles?
With the DJI Goggles, you get the goggles themselves, which have two built-in high definition displays (for each eye) that output 720p/60fps or 1080p/30fps, a head ring which houses the battery and ports, a touch pad on the side of the goggles, and few simple buttons.
What’s the touchpad for?
The touchpad, much like that found on most laptops, is to communicate with the drone. While wearing the goggles, you can use finger swipes, presses, and multi-finger gestures to slide through menus, select options, and command the drone, all done through the interface shown through the Goggles.
Head tracking, you say?
So, if you’re tired of using your standard DJI controller for your drone, you can switch to Head Tracking mode via the Goggles, allowing your head movements to control both aircraft yaw and camera tilt. All you need to do is turn left or right to yaw left or right, and straighten your head to stop turning. And in Head Tracking Gimbal mode only the gimbal will move without affecting yaw.
What drones are the goggles compatible with?
The DJI Goggles are compatible the Phantom, Mavic and Inspire series drones.
What else can you use the Goggles for?
Anything that has an HDMI output can connect to the Goggles, so you know what that means? Movies and gaming! You can connect your PC or gaming console to the drone in order to watch movies or play video games through the headset. Of course, for gaming, you don’t get any cool features like head tracking (such as the Oculus Rift, which is built for gaming), but what you do get is the ability to play any game you want in a high-resolution format without worrying about if the headset is compatible or not.
When are they available and how much do they cost?
The DJI Goggles are expected to touch down at the end of June, and will be available from weFix . at R9,699. You can pre-order yours here.
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