When I was invited to the local product demonstration of DJI’s new product, it was mainly due to my background in immersive technologies and VR/AR head mounted displays rather than in commercial drones. Make no mistake, this is not a VR headset, but with the DJI Goggles, the Shenzhen-based company takes traditional drone FPVs a step closer to the dream of experiencing first-hand the magic of human flight.
The size, form-factor, and to a certain extent, the ergonomic comfort, are reminiscent of the PlayStation VR headset. With its ‘crown’ design, the device’s weight is balanced well around the head, reducing pressure on the user’s face. Even people with eyeglasses don’t have to weary as they can wear theirs inside the goggles. The front portion of the headset can be flipped up with ease eliminating the need to take the headset on and off when you need to interact with the real world.
The unit boasts dual 1920×1080 screens which result in a crisp image and readable display. With the 85 degrees field of view, it’s not as immersive as VR, though it still feels like staring at a huge movie theater 3 meters away from you. The video transmission and playback feel smooth with the proprietary OcuSync wireless technology, allowing users to connect up to a maximum of 2 goggles and 2 RCs for the Mavic Pro. Much of the 110ms delay is due to the mechanical movement of the gimbal, which you can move with your head with the Head Tracking Gimbal Mode. With the Head Tracking Flight Mode, you can also control the aircraft yaw and camera tilt. On a full charge, the DJI Goggles promises up to six hours of viewing with its 9440 mAh battery.
At the side of the headset is a touch pad that enables navigation across the UI display and a power button. There are also function buttons below along with a scroll wheel for adjusting the device’s IPD. Although the goggles connect wirelessly with the Mavic Pro, a wired connection is needed to interface with the Inspire and Phantom 4 series. Aside from flying drones, you can even use to headset’s HDMI input to play games and watch movies.
A retail price of P27,400, the DJI Goggles is an exciting essential accessory for drone enthusiasts who want to take their flying to a new altitude.