DJI, the manufacturer of some of the best drones around the globe, has released a headset. Designed to best operate along side their Mavic Pro folding drone, they’ve added a single port that changes the game: HDMI.
That’s right, instead of being just FPV goggles like you see with racing drones, HDMI input turns the DJI Goggles into a solid VR headset. With HDMI, the sky is the limit (drone pun intended) for what you can do, but here are some of our favorite tasks, our favorite things to do with the DJI Goggles if you don’t have a drone.
Before we dive in, let’s go through some of the specs and features of this headset. Namely, you are looking at a VR headset with dual 5 inch, 1080p monitors. EMulating a 216 inch display at 3 meters. Embedded speakers align with your ears, a touch pad enables control and some user input to connected devices, and the battery provides about six hours of life.
The DJI Goggles coming two pieces, a headband that supports all the weight, then the removable headset that tilts up or hangs in front of your eyes. On a basic design level, let’s compare them to the PlayStation VR headset that I’m sure you’re familiar with around here.
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Connect to PC
HDMI is a powerful connection type, and fairly common. The DJI Goggles put this to use, acting as an HDMI monitor for your PC. Just connect to your computer using the supplied cable and enjoy the additional monitor to your computing experience, audio included.
In the event that the display feels too large for you, you can dial it down when connected to HDMI devices. Shrink the video to a comfortable size, or enjoy full screen for all the best entertainment. Of course, your computer is capable of no end of fun things to do, such as watching movies and playing video games.
Play video games
Once again, connecting to that HDMI port opens up a world of possibility, including the monstrously immersive experience that is playing games. Connecting to your PC is one thing, connecting directly to a console system is another. That’s right, put your PlayStation, Xbox and more experience into full screen right in front of your eyes. Immersion is the name of the game.
The hard part about playing video games in these goggles? Learning to look with your eyes instead of turning your head, the immersion engulfs you.
Back to indoor use, you can watch movies from your connected PC, but you can also connect to your other HDMI equipped media players. That includes a few mobile devices as well. Watching a movie can be done in more places than just at your computer or in front of your TV, take it on the go, immerse into a movie on the plane or for your children on a long road trip.
Remember, you’ve got six hours of battery life, that’s a few movies.
One of Googles best selling hardware devices of all time is a media streaming stick called the Chromecast. The first generation is a slim stick that requires a simple gender changing adapter to connect to the Goggles, supply power and stream away. Duplicate your Android device display, stream movies or TV shows from many different apps and enjoy.
If you are wondering why this might be better than connecting to your PC via HDMI cable, I have two things to say. First, a USB cable to power the Chromecast is slimmer and lighter than a typical HDMI cable, second, Chromecast can optionally be powered by a portable charger – a little DIY attachment and you are wirelessly streaming your favorite shows.
External display for your DSLR camera
This one may sound like an odd use, and there is no controls for your camera within the Goggles, but you see producers and movie directors all the time squinting at small screens on-shoot. Strap on the DJI Goggles, enjoy an enclosed viewing experience duplicating what is on the display of your camera and enjoy.
Also, did this just become a great spy tool? Nobody would suspect that tech enthusiast in the corner playing with a VR headset is actually on crowd surveillance. Maybe I’ve been watching too many movies on this headset, getting some crazy ideas.
Connect to your Android device
We can’t deny that this is the same concept as connecting to your PC. If you are one of the few these days that have an Android device with video output, put that HDMI port to use once again. Duplicating your phone or tablet display on the Goggles is a fun way to experience the content, particularly video and games.
Sadly, we have yet to figure out how to use the head tracking of the Goggles to control things like Cardboard or 360 degree YouTube videos. However, if you sit in a swiveling chair and hold your mobile device in front of you, you still get the effect when you spin around.
Connect to your friends’ drone
With all these fun things to do with the DJI Goggles if you do not own a drone, keep in mind that you can still team up with a friend that does have a drone. In particular, OcuSync on the DJI Mavic Pro allows up to two Goggles to connect to the drone simultaneously.
Let’s be fair here, this dual-monitor, Full HD experience VR headset is best used as a companion to the DJI Mavic Pro. Also, the inclusion of HDMI input truly opens a world of opportunities from nearly any video device. If you think of the DJI Goggles as a TV, computer monitor and portable display all rolled into one immersive package, there’s no stopping you.
On the down side, the DJI Goggles are not tailor made to operate with many of the VR systems you’re accustomed to seeing here on VRSource. Admitting we have yet to thoroughly test, we have no indication that you’ll be able to simply trade out your Oculus, Vive or PlayStation VR headset with the DJI Goggles. We’re certainly excited to give it a try.
What do you say, is this is the VR headset you’ve been waiting for? If so, you’ll need $449 to get in on the DJI Goggles fun.