We currently know DJI as one of the leading drone companies in the world. Recently, DJI has been releasing consumer products like the Osmo Pocket and Osmo Action, but their latest product is called the RoboMaster S1.
For those that don't know, DJI is a Chinese-based company who hosts RoboMaster out in Senzhen, China. This is one of the largest robotics competitions around the world and where DJI got the inspiration to create their latest product.
RoboMaster S1 is an educational robot designed to help people learn by doing. This newest tool from DJI allows users to learn hands on by being able to build and program the S1. On top of the learning aspect, this robot was also built to fight, with omni-directonal movement, target shooting, and an FPV driving experience, users can battle against each other like they would at the actual competition in Shenzhen.
My Honest Opinions
At first, I looked at this new product and thought it was silly. After thinking about it a bit more, I realized it had the potential to be very useful for educational purposes in their main markets, the US and China. As far as engineering and building these devices goes, I think DJI is providing a solution to get more people interested in robotics technology up front.
For a drone user like me, this product doesn't make very much sense at all. However, if I wanted to learn and understand some of the technology, the S1 could help provide some of the basics.
Is this product for everybody?
Absolutely not. I myself was not expecting DJI to release a product like this. To me it seems like more of a wildcard, but also another way for them to expand their market. Being that there are no other educational tools made with DJI's precision and build quality, I really think this could be a huge success for introducing engineering opportunities to a new generation.
Gaming With Friends
I was able to get some hands on time with the RoboMaster S1 to see how it performs. I even got to race and play against other people. The gaming allows you to shoot infrared beams at the others to reduce health points (HP), and the coolest part about this is you see them on your screen in an augmented reality type of way. The S1 also shoots pellets the same way they do in RoboMasters. You can watch the video to learn a little bit more about the competition.
For people 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 will have to adapt new ways to learn about it, which is really where this new product comes into play. Advanced coders can get in and program the S1, but the main application is to educate people who are just starting off. With a series of projects ranging from beginner to expert levels, Robo Academy offers video courses and guides that can teach people at any level.
I will say that for me, this has to be the most unique product launch DJI has ever had. Yet, in a way it almost makes sense to see a big tech company from China to launch a programmable robot for educational purposes. What are your thoughts on the RoboMaster S1? Can you see this being a successful product for DJI?