When people think of ‘drone’, they instantly picture a small quadcopter flying in the sky. However, drones are not limited to ‘flying’ machines. DJI’s newest drone deviates from the proven formula of flying drones. Their newest one, the RoboMaster S1, is a flightless land tank with interesting features.
Yes, with newer technology available, drones can now go to places they have never been. They can also transform, being able to drive on land as well as swim to water.
As the name implies, the RoboMaster S1 resembles a robot more than a quadcopter drone. It cannot fly, and it has four wheels capable of navigating through most surfaces. It is, however, better suited for indoor use. The RoboMaster S1 is a lot closer to a remote-controlled toy car than a drone. The main feature that links it with its DJI drone roots is its HD camera and amazing control system.
An Upgrade to RC
While it has close resemblance to RC toys, it has far superior materials. For one, the wheels and movement are capable of 360-degree action. This gives it a more fluid control, while also offering a more enjoyable driving experience. The RoboMaster S1 also has over 30 sensors built in, giving it the ability to move around obstacles without worry.
You can control this beast using two methods. First, you can use the app on your phone to control its movement manually. Its second, and here is where the ‘robot’ part comes in, is through coding. Yes, you can program the robot to move on its own. This is both a way to learn coding and enjoy hands-free robot control as well.
If that is not enough, the RoboMaster S1 also has a built-in cannon that shoots rubber toy bullets. Combine this with its onboard HD camera, and you have an awesome toy to play with. The RoboMaster S1 can be yours for the price of $499.