Virtual reality headsets give us a glimpse into virtual worlds and, occasionally, different perspectives on our real lives a la 360° video at events like concerts, football games, and live demonstrations. DJI, a Chinese tech company founded in 2006, is giving us a bird’s-eye-view courtesy of their new pocket-sized drone and VR goggles. Wareable reports that consumers will be able to access a 1080p, 85 degree view from the pocket Mavic drone through a headset that closely resembles a PS VR dipped in bleach.
The Mavic itself is a powerful drone that folds into a compact size for easy transport. It comes equipped with a 4K camera, flight time of 27 minutes up to 13 km with the ability to live stream up to 7km, hazard sensors to prevent running into obstacles, and a collection of features contributing to ease of use.
The DJI Goggles add another level of functionality, allowing for a more intimate view of what the Mavic is seeing and intense drone racing — as shown in the video above. Two pairs of the goggles can even be connected to the same drone so two users get to see the action.
The use for drone races is pretty evident, allowing users the ability to maneuver while traveling up to 40mph. Though you can attach your phone to the Mavic’s controller and use it as a monitor, the intimate view the DJI Goggles provide will also give filmographers a closer look at their desired shots. There are a wealth of drones on the market for the casual consumer to the hardcore drone racer or videographer, but the Mavic could become the go-to device for a variety of demographics. It has expected features plus a few that set it out from the pack, like its indoor stability and the VR goggles, all in a compact form.
The individual goggles aren’t priced yet as far as we could tell, but the Mavic itself can be had for $749 without the remote controller or $999 with.