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DJI Goggles bring FPV first person view to its Mavic, Phantom and Inspire drones

DJI is on a roll announcing new drone-related products this week around NAB 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  There’s the new advanced controller, the Ronin 2, Crystal Sky, and a new premium customer service plan called DJI Circle.

And on Monday, it announced its own version of FPV goggles, which it calls DJI Goggles. The FPV goggles give pilots a first person view, completely covering their eyes to give them the same viewpoint they might get if they were sitting in the cockpit of the drone. The goggles are designed so that the visor can be flipped up with one motion and pilots can see their drone with their own eyes.dji goggles

Before the arrival of DJI Goggles, users could hypothetically sync up their own third party FPV goggles. But with DJI Goggles, DJI is able to integrate features including allowing users to use their own head movements to control both aircraft yaw and camera tilt. DJI Goggles can also be programmed to control the gimbal exclusively, while the aircraft operator maintains control of the aircraft with the master controller.

DJI Goggles Specs

The DJI Goggles use a beam splitter to display an image in front of each eye, and each screen has HD 1920×1080 resolution. The video is received directly from the drone rather than through the controller, which is supposed to minimize lag. When flying with the Mavic Pro, DJI Goggles offers both 720p at 60 fps and close range 1080p at 30 fps viewing with latency as low as 110ms.

For people operating a Mavic Pro, up to two pairs of DJI Goggles can be connected to a single Mavic Pro aircraft via DJI’s OcuSync wireless transmission system.

The Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Advanced, Phantom 4 Pro, and Inspire 2 drones can connect via the controller’s USB port.

The goggles are expected to have a 6 hour battery life. The DJI Goggles will cost $449 and will start shipping after May 20, 2017. Pre-order DJI Goggles here.

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