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Drones to be flown via head movement with DJI Goggles

One of the world's leading drone manufacturers, DJI, has announced features and specs for their upcoming and rather exciting technology, DJI Goggles. Users will be able to experience a true bird’s eye view when flying their drones in full HD, as if they were up in the sky looking down with their drone.

Using two ultra HD screens, and wireless connectivity, DJI Goggles allow users to see the same view as their drone, and even control the drone with their head movements. Mavic Pro or Phantom 4 users can also can also use many intuitive flight features with the touchpad on the side of the visor.

Paul Pan, senior product manager at DJI, says that this next step is exactly what DJI users deserve.

“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,” he says.

“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.”

Now for some technical talk: DJI Goggles use a beam splitter to display an image in front of each eye, creating a full HD 1920x1080 resolution on each screen. According to DJI, “wearing the DJI Goggles is like looking at a 216” home cinema screen placed about three meters away.”

Thanks to DJI’s OcuSync wireless transmission system, up to two pairs of DJI Goggles can be connected to a single Mavic Pro drone. Pretty neat, and eliminates the need for scary hot air balloon dates.

The built-in touchpad on the Goggles means users can navigate the simple menu system, and try out different flight features such as ActiveTrack, TapFly, terrain follow, cinematic mode and tripod mode.

Perhaps the most interesting feature announced is head tracking, which allows Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 drone pilots control their drones with head movement when using the DJI Goggles. 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.

Alternatively, you can use head tracking to control the gimbal only, allowing you to have total control of the camera while the flying the drone as usual with the controller.

The headband design balances and spreads the weight DJI Goggles around the head, to reduce the pressure on the wearer’s head. Also, for my fellow four-eyes out there: Glasses can be worn underneath the DJI Goggles. According to DJI the the screen and headband can be detached for easy travel and storage.

On a full charge, DJI Goggles are fully operational for a maximum of six hours. The DJI Goggles will start shipping after May 20, 2017.

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