DJI Goggles are Finally Available for Pre-Order

We’ve been waiting for over 6 months to get our hands on the DJI Goggles. Today we’re  one step closer to that. DJI has just announced on their website that a limited quantity of the DJI Goggles are now available for purchase. Yay!

Estimated delivery is May 20th which is about a month away. That being said, we’ve seen some fulfillment issues in the past with DJI products so I’m not holding my breath.

Check out my video here where I waited over a month for some propellors and other accessories…

So what is all the hype about?

First of all, and this isn’t a minor point, the DJI Goggles are built by DJI for their products so the interface should be more seamless than a third party solution that is built around a wide range of different applications. This goes for the controls on the Googles, the way they can be lowered and raised quickly so you can switch from FPV to LOS easily and many more things I’m sure.

Second, and this is a big differentiator, The DJI Goggles offer a dual 1080p screen experience. This means that the feed should be ridiculously high def. One person described it as being immersed in a “theater like” experience. Imagine what a crash would look like! Haha… If your heart sank and your palms got sweaty with a drone crash using a tiny phone screen or worse, looking at a tiny speck in the distance. Imagine the visceral reaction you would have to a fully immersive, theater like drone crash. If you’re wondering why my mind went here, check out my drone crash video… Uggghhh…

Other features which you will hopefully not notice are 360° antennae which will give you a strong connection to the drone, even if it is behind you. Couple this with the low latency video feed courtesy of DJI’s Occusync technology and you have one amazing experience!

These do come with a $449 price tag which may be a deterrent for some users but I think this is a great deal for the technology that is packed into this sweet little package.

While these were announced with the DJI Mavic Pro it looks like they will work with the DJI Phantom 4, DJI Inspire, as well as 3rd party devices.

One of the things you’ll notice in all of the pictures is that the pilot is not wearing the DJI Goggles. This is very likely because FAA has a rule for recreational pilots that they must fly within Line of Sight of their drone of all times. I’m guessing this may have been one of the reasons that it took so long to get the DJI Goggles licensed and brought to market.

So are they worth it? I don’t know from personal experience but I’m betting they are. I placed my order as soon as I could get my hands on them. I’m crossing my fingers that the delivery date is accurate because I want to see them IRL!

What do you think? Will you be buying the DJI Goggles? Do you think they’re worth it?

Check out my video here:

 

Tech Is

When I started my career in Tech there was a distinct definition of what tech was down to the category of tech and so forth and so on. I started in a company that focused on Business Management Software and from there I moved to IT Solutions. Today I find myself in Web Based Services.

Today though, Tech isn’t really a category as much as it just is. Technology drives everything in our lives from our TV’s, Dishwashers, Cars, Credit Cards, Desks, Windows, Lights, Thermostats, Cameras and more. This on top of the obvious enhancements of things like smart watches, smart phones, etc. Adding “brains” to everything is the inevitable progression of the technology revolution. Why not gather information more effectively on usage of things like roads and utilities with smart monitoring devices?

While it is certainly inevitable, it is not without challenges, there are whole swaths of connected devices built on vulnerable technologies that pose an imminent threat. As always, the innovation is moving faster than safeguards can be put into place.

What does this mean? It means more opportunity for tech in traditionally non tech industries like using drones to plant trees and monitoring crops. It also probably means more widespread attacks like the one in 2016 that crippled the internet for hours on October 21.

What are your favorite tech gadgets? What are you most looking forward to for the future?