DJI has recently announced their goggles that allow you to see the world from the perspective of your drone and control it by turning your head. Colin Smith from Photoshop Café and Alex Assenmacher from We Talk UAV bring you a hands-on review and a field test.
Physically, the goggles are pretty large and heavy (around 1kg). You can adjust them, and despite the size (and weight), they are surprisingly comfortable, according to Colin. They have two HD displays, which make it seem like you’re sitting in front of a large screen. As we all have different head size and differently positioned eyes, you can also adjust the position of the two screens using a wheel on the goggles. There’s also enough room for the glasses if you wear them.
There is a sensor inside the goggles. It detects when you lift them, so it turns off the screens. This saves energy and gives you more battery time.
You can connect Mavic Pro and any drone from Phantom 4 and Inspire series. There’s wireless connection or USB connection, which can also be used for charging the built-in battery of the goggles. There’s also an HDMI and headphone connection available.
One of the features I still find the most impressive is that you can control the drone by moving your head. You can program it so you only move the camera up and down, or you can move the entire drone by turning your head.
You can navigate the menus by moving your finger on the side of the goggles, where they have a touchpad. You can lock and unlock the touchpad by sliding two fingers over it, if you don’t want to accidentally change some of the settings.
In the video, you can see the field test and how it looks to use the goggles in the field and how the footage looks like. Another video, from Alex Assenmacher, shows the features as well. But he also shows what the navigation looks like, and here you can also see some test shots he made, too:
When you operate the drone using the goggles, you can do it on your own, but keep in mind that it’s safer to have one more person to use the controller, and you can control the camera with your head.
If you’d like to see some more technical details, you can check them out on our blog or DJI’s website. And after you’ve seen how they look and work, are you planning to buy them? Or you’d rather skip them?