DJI has already become a household name for all things drones. Whether you’re looking to take to the skies with their signature Mavic series, the professional grade Phantom series, the fun and easy-to-use Spark series, there is sure to be a drone out there for you. DJI has also made a name for themselves in the world of video stabilisation with their gimbals, from the consumer Osmo series or the professional Zenmuse gimbals. Seeing some untapped potential with their range of products, DJI is looking to tackle the educational market with their all-new Robomaster S1.
Looking like something out of Overwatch, this little tank is modular, easy to program, and is only limited to the imagination. The best way to describe it is to think of the Robomaster S1 as a sturdier and more savvy looking version of Lego’s Mindstorms series. Similarly, both are buildable toy kits that also teaches kids how to code, except the Robomaster is meant to be built into one configuration, while the Mindstorms kits can be made into anything your heart desires.
That doesn’t mean the Robomaster is lacking in features though, this little tank can do a whole lot. It has 46 customisable components and 6 ports that allows for custom accessories, and on top of that, the Robomaster also supports Python and Scratch programming languages. With a good grasp of programming and a spare Raspberry Pi, you can definitely do a lot with DJI’s Robomaster S1.
One of the key features of this drone is the Intelligent Controller, similar to the controllers found with DJI’s other products, this controller has added functions such as low-latency high-definition image transmission to smartphones. Just like a tank, the S1 has a Blaster which uses LED lights to outline launch trajectories for its gel beads and infrared beams. Vivid sound effects and recoil action add to the experience for an immersive battle simulation. For added safety, the Blaster uses non-toxic gel bead projectiles and even features limitations on its launch rate and angle.
The 2-Axis Mechanical Gimbal has a yaw/pitch rotation range of 540° × 65°, offering an expansive field of view for the FPV camera, delivering smooth image transmission and a precision control experience. The Robomaster S1 comes with four Mecanum wheels, each with 12 rollers that allow omnidirectional movement and precision control which is backed up by the customised M3508I motor. There are also Intelligent Sensing Armor, which is especially useful for tank battles with fellow Robomasters.
The Robomaster S1 is available now worldwide and is priced at around MYR 2,100. There is no official release date or price for the Malaysian market just yet, but we will keep you updated. Check out more of this drone on the official website.