DJI’s new drone is a small four-wheeler designed to teach coding

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Most of the news this week has been dominated by developments out of E3 2019, but now our attention turns to the latest drone from DJI – the RoboMaster S1.

Unlike the company’s previous offerings, this latest drone does not fly, but is rather a four-wheeled drone that’s designed to teach young enthusiasts how to code.

“The S1 was built to introduce new users to the fun and possibilities of robotic technology, with powerful brushless motors, a chassis that can move in all directions, a high-precision gimbal, and interactive modes for programming, play, and competition,” explained DJI in a press release about the new drone.

As for the programming portion of the RoboMaster S1, DJI says it will leverage either Python or Scratch, which is a clever move in our books, especially as the latter is designed for younger coders still learning how to do it. As such, should they have gotten as far as they can on Scratch, they can move to Python, which is a coding language employed in the workplace.

DJI adds that the RoboMaster S1 can be programmed to do a number of things, including following a specifically designed course, recognising numbers, letters and special characters, as well as the ability to follow a moving object, along with gesture and clapping recognition via 31 different sensors found on the drone.

The onboard front-facing camera features a 120-degree field of view, and f/2.4 aperture, but DJI has not listed the megapixels of the sensor. Once up and running, users will be able to see their camera view via a WiFi connected device such as their smartphone.

So how much does this interesting coding drone cost?

DJI has it listed Stateside for $499, with it available to order now. Locally, however, we’ll have to wait for the firm to confirm its availability.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.