What if I told you, you can experience flying without actually flying? No, you don’t need to choose between the red or the blue pill. We are not talking about the Matrix here; we are talking about DJI Goggles.
The DJI Goggles were developed by DJI or Dà-Jiāng Innovations Science and Technology Co., Ltd in Shenzhen, Guangdong. Founded in 2006 by Frank Wang (Wāng Tāo) the current CEO DJI has earned a reputation for its development of unmanned aerial vehicles or UAV drones for aerial photography and videography for civilian use and is recognized as one of the leading companies if not the leading company in the field as of 2015. Currently, the company manufactures products for all aspects of their drones from controllers, to the cameras to the drones themselves.
The goggles are made for FPV flying exclusively with DJI products. It combines two large ultra-high quality screens that have low lag wireless connectivity and a direct control of photo and video capture. It also has a few different Flight Modes like ActiveTrack, TapFly, Terrain Follow, Cinematic Mode and Tripod mode.
They are a bit bulky but despite that promotional materials promise that they are in fact better than most goggles when it comes to quality. Each screen on the inside of the goggles have 1280 x 1440 resolution and they are compatible with DJI’s OcuSync wireless technology so you can stream 720p long distance and 1080p when the drone is closer. It also has a 360° coverage.
Here is what makes this product even sweeter: The Head Tracking feature. With this feature, your head becomes the joystick for the drone so when you turn your head to the left or right the drone will do the same. Letting you, at long last, live your dream of flying free while keeping your feet planted squarely on the ground. For some, this would be even better for people who get queasy when they are on a plane. Well, you don’t have a destination to go to but an amazing view to drool over. Of course, the view would depend on where you are but then again anything seems to look nice from above.
There is another mode that also lets you use your head to control the gimbal with its 360-degree movement and continue using the actual controller for the flight control. This is an interesting device that has been added to the world of drones and VRs. The goggles cost $449 and will start shipping after May 20th.