DJI's new $500 RC robot features a camera, 31 sensors and a mini cannon

CNET | 6/12/2019 | Joshua Goldman
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The DJI RoboMaster S1 looks like an autonomous sentry ready to protect the smart home of the future, and maybe someday it will be. At the moment, the company says it's simply the most advanced robot for students on the market. Made to see, feel and hear the world around it, the S1 has 31 sensors to map its environment, which is more than what you'll find in one of the company's drones. Combined with its first-person view (FPV) camera, the rover can be programmed to do things like respond in different ways to claps or hand gestures or recognize and react to other S1 units among other things

The S1 is also a big RC car with a cannon that shoots squishy little gel beads and is just a lot of fun to race and do battle with other S1s. First, though, you have to build it.

S1 - Race

The S1 needs to be assembled before you can race it.

Named for DJI's annual RoboMaster robotics competition, the S1 (short for Step 1) comes disassembled into 46 parts, which DJI says can typically be assembled in about 2 to 4 hours. Its modular design and six pulse width modulation (PWM) ports allow you to modify the S1 and connect additional third-party accessories like speakers or LEDs.

Brushless - Servo - Motors - Speed - Accuracy

There are six 100-watt brushless servo motors for high speed and accuracy. The motors and Mecanum wheels allow the S1 to move in any direction, not unlike DJI's drones do in the air. The S1's FPV camera, infrared-beam and gel-bead blaster are on one of the company's motorized gimbals that are typically used for stabilizing cameras. That gives you a nice smooth view from the camera while you're trying to drive.

Although the camera is for navigation and targeting, it can record full HD-resolution video and...
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