World’s leading imaging drone maker, DJI, has announced a new drone, but this new drone does not fly. In fact, imaging is not its priority, even though does do low latency video transmission system for first person driving, and also, it is a wheeled mini tank. It is the first for the drone maker. DJI RoboMaster S1, as it is called, has all the hallmark of a tank, most notably the presence “armor panels” and a gun, or in this case, a blaster.
It can challenge another DJI RoboMaster S1 with its onboard IR blaster and a physical blaster that spits out non-toxic, safe gel bead downrange. DJI RoboMaster S1 gets around by a direct drive brushless M3508I motor, featuring an integrated FOC ESC that puts out a pretty insane 250 mNm of torque, and a set of omnidirectional Mecanum wheels.
DJI said RoboMaster S1 is blessed with linear Hall-effect sensors with advanced algorithms that allow closed-loop control for precise maneuverability, while addition safety mechanisms ensure stability notwithstanding high CG.
Other highlights include a powerful CPU (AKA Intelligent Controller), front axle suspension, 2-axis mechanical gimbal, hit detection sensors referee system transmitted by 6 intelligent armor panels, interactive curriculum with drag-and-drop coding, unlockable bonus abilities and the ability to code custom move and execute right from the phone.
DJI RoboMaster S1 Mini Tank Drone is available starting today for $499. A “PlayMoreKit”, which includes a dedicated gamepad, additional gel beads, one battery, and a gel bead container, will be available at a later date. If you find the pricing too much for you to swallow, fret not because, DJI will be offering students and teachers exclusive education pricing.
Though, we do not know how much that will be. Interesting parties will need to touch based with DJI via this email: [email protected].