Currently we know DJI as one of the world's leading drone companies. Recently, DJI is releasing consumer products such as Osmo Pocket and Osmo Action, but their latest product is called RoboMaster S1.
For those who do not know, DJI is a Chinese-based company hosting RoboMaster out of Senzhen. , China. It is one of the largest competitions of robotics around the world and where the DJI got the inspiration to create their latest product.
RoboMaster S1 is an educational robot designed to help people learn by doing. This latest tool from DJI allows users to learn hands by being able to build and program S1. On top of the aspect of the study, this robot is also built to fight, with an omni-directional movement, target shooting, and an FPV driving experience, users can fight against one another one as they would in the actual competition in Shenzhen.
At first, I looked at this new product and thought it was stupid. After thinking about it a little bit, I realized that it is likely to be useful for educational purposes in their major markets, the US and China. As far as engineering and development of these devices goes, I think DJI provides a solution to get more people interested in technology robotics up front.
For a drone user like me, this product does not make too much sense. However, if I want to learn and understand some of the technologies, the S1 can help provide some of the basics.
Is this product for everyone?
Really not. I did not rely on the DJI to produce a product like this. For me it seems like a more wildcard, but another way to expand their market. As with no other educational tools made to the accuracy and build quality of the DJI, I think this can be a huge success for introducing engineering opportunities to a new generation.
Playing With Friends
I got a few hands in time with RoboMaster S1 to see how it was performing. I still get race and play against other people. Gameplay allows you to shoot infrared beams with others to reduce health points (HP), and the coolest part about them is that you can see them on your screen with a kind of augmented reality of way. The S1 also puts pellets in the same way they do with RoboMasters. You can watch the video to learn a little bit more about the competition.
Programming / Code
For those who are looking to learn about programing robotics and artificial intelligence, the S1 provides a great place to start. As technology becomes more and more sophisticated, we need to adapt new ways to learn about it, which is exactly where the new product comes into play. Advanced coders can get on and S1 programs, but the main application is to educate people who are just starting off. With a series of projects from beginner to expert level, the Robo Academy offers courses and video guides that can teach people at any level.
I'll say that for me, this should be the most popular product launch DJI has ever been. However, it is almost logical to see a large tech company from China to launch a programmable robot for educational purposes. What are your thoughts on RoboMaster S1? Did you find it a successful product for DJI?