DJI gets into the Robots battle

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Everyone knows DJI thanks to their drones, with the Mavic and the Phantom lines mostly. But since May, DJI branched out from the world of gimbals and drones with the release of new lines, as with a new action camera. But most recently DJI is getting from the Robots competitions to the actual realise of an educational robot: the RoboMaster S1, a brand new educational/fighting robot.


Robotic is in DJI’s DNA

It could seems at first like an odd fit, but the company’s quick to point out that robotics are an important part of DJI’s DNA. So that the realise of the RoboMaster S1 is just as natural as drones could have been so far. Founder and CEO Frank Wang studied robotics in school, and in recent years, the company has put on a series of robotic fighting tournaments in China under the RoboMasters banner.

Even if the RoboMaster S1 is named from the competition, it is much more consumer-focused, in line with the Mavic or Phantom drones lines.

It’s also the first major step into the world of education, with a product that ships in 46 unassembled pieces and requires coding learning to really get off the ground.

Designed from the robots competitions

The S1 is a complete master piece of educational components, providing users with an in-depth understanding of science, math, physics, programming, and more through gameplay modes and intelligent features.

Designed to ages 14 and up, the S1’s got 4 wheels, and can go up to 8 miles an hour, and comes with its controller.

Designed from the robotics competitions its comes with a blaster, sending non-toxic gel bead projectiles.

Six intelligent armor panels cover the S1 to detect gel bead or infrared beam strikes. The referee system can analyze and communicate hit data, incorporating it into gameplay in real time. This include Follow Mode (for other S1 units), gesture recognition, S1 recognition, clap (sound) recognition and Line Follow and vision marker recognition, which use landmarks to navigate. Beyond that, users can control the robot manually via the app.

Finally the S1 supports the Scratch and Python programming languages to go further in the creativity and to the competition.

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We are really exited with DJI coming to the Robotic area. It promesses a lot more coming through and some more impressive robots competitions.

The robot is available priced at $499. The company will also be shipping its standard PlayMore Kit configuration, which features an extra battery, controller and a lot more gel beads. That’s available starting next month.


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