Word on the street is that DJI has recently been granted FCC certification on two new drone controller accessories, including a “lite” SE version of their DJI FPV Goggles, and a second-generation RC Motion controller. The accessories are believed to be the first two products that DJI will release in 2023.
As part of DJI’s new initiative for providing scaled-down and more affordable versions of their drone products, DJI has sought to bring more customers into the ecosystem at a lower price point.
Already, the company has announced the Mini SE, Mini 3 Classic, and Mavic 3 Classic drones, and it looks like the Goggles SE will offer compatibility with these lower-cost UAVs.
Designed for use with the DJI Avata “cinewhoop” style drone, the more expensive DJI Goggles 2 will also soon become compatible with other DJI drones in the fleet, though it’s unclear how many, or if DJI has decided to make that connection through this new pair of Goggles.
With a lighter, smaller, and more comfortable fit the Goggles SE promises the same crystal clear 1080p video reception of FPV footage with a refresh rate of up to 100 MHz. Even at distances of up to 6.2 miles.
The rumored Goggles SE may need to replace the micro-OLED screens with adjustable diopters, with an LCD-type adjustable lens so pilots with glasses won’t have to deal with the discomfort of wearing them with the Goggles while in flight. There is also a touch panel on the side of the Goggles SE for controlling its settings.
Meanwhile, the RC Motion 2 hand controller is expected to learn from the lessons of its first-generation models with a more ergonomic design and intuitive operation.
There is also talk of a redesign for buttons on the controller for added functions to be accessed in flight. There could also be compatibility added for use with DJI’s O3 Air Unit, which was announced last month so that custom-built drones can be supported.
There’s no word on pricing at this point, but the original Goggles design was initially available as part of the FPV Combo, released in 2021 for $899. This combo included a DJI FPV drone, FPV Goggles, and a dedicated controller.
This year, the company announced the next-gen Goggles 2 piecemeal for around $649, and as a set with the RC Motion Controller for $759. The RC Motion controller is available piecemeal for $200.
If DJI is going to be offering a more affordable version of these, and it’s presumable that the budget price would only refer to the Goggles SE, and not the 2nd gen controller, the price point would have to come under that price point, and obviously would enjoy a more limited range and perhaps a degraded resolution transmission signal.
As always with rumors, only time will tell.
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