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One of the best experiences we’ve found inside of VR goggles for a drone is with the DJI offering, the DJI Goggles. This VR headset is one of the best drone accessories I’ve ever used. We’ve been putting our Googles to use in many different ways. We think there is enough here to garner a bang-for-the-buck award, but we’ll let you be the judge.

From flying your DJI Mavic Pro to just chillin’ on the couch at home, here is our list of some of the top reasons to buy the DJI Goggles.

Update: The newer DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom both work with the Goggles. 

Goggles

DJI Goggles

May 2017

Release Date

The DJI Goggles offer an immersive experience for drone flight. As with most AR and VR headsets for drones, enjoy a first person view of the world from above. The DJI Goggles are one of very few goggles to offer a Full HD experience, with two 1080p panels, one for each eye.

Versatility is the name of the game, you can connect many popular DJI drones to the Googles via OcuSync wireless connectivity. Several flight modes allow for you to observe, or even take over and fly your drone entirely through head tracking. When you are done flying, head on home and enjoy re-watching those videos in the headset from the comfort of your couch. Six hours of battery life means you can then connect an HDMI cable and enjoy a movie or play some video games as well.

The DJI Goggles are a fantastic option for your FPV drone flights and more, but be sure to bump up to the DJI Goggles Racing Edition if you desire some high-speed fun. The base Goggles are good, but the latency bump on the RE edition makes the difference on the race track.

Grab the DJI Goggles for about $349 today.

There are several aspects to the new DJI Goggles that make them a versatile unit for many uses. From the built-in touch pad, built-in speakers, dual 1080p displays and 3.5mm headphone jack, your creativity may be your only limit.

The display emulates a 216-inch panel at 3 meters in front of you, that’s pretty big. Internal sensors add head tracking and the list goes on.

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Fly the Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro reviewFirst and foremost, the DJI Goggles were tailor made to work with the Mavic Pro. This accessory adds an entirely new experience to our favorite flier, including the ability to control the flight modes and, in some ways, fly the drone. Don’t mistake the DJI Goggles fore having full flight control, but you can take off, activate one of the handy autonomous flying modes and land when you’re done.

Add the few featured in the Goggles to the power of the remote control and you can enjoy an entirely new flying mode. We’re not suggesting that the Mavic Pro with Goggles will keep up with racing drones out there, but you can certainly give the FPV goggled sport a try.

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Fly a racing drone

There is a newer version of the DJI Goggles out there, the new DJI Goggles Racing Edition improve connectivity and add additional Ocusync tech for your racing quad. Latency is reduced to 50 ms, which is enough to get around the track safely. I won’t go on about it here, check out the Goggles RE announcement post for more details. 


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.


Share the drone flying experience with friends

The primary promotion of the DJI Goggles is as a live experience of flying a drone. In between laws and logistics, this is best reserved for your friends. You head out to fly the drone, your family or friends can sit back and enjoy the view. Range allows them to not even have to be beside you – they just must be within a mile or so for the best experience.

Using the Goggles as a FPV display is one thing, remember how I said there was head tracking? Lock that to the camera gimbal and as the wearer of the Goggles turns their head, the camera on your drone turns. When that gets stale, take it to the next level and allow the drone itself to turn with a turn of the head.

The pilot retains control of the craft, obviously, but the Goggles can control the camera and even spin the drone. Sharing the flight experience has never been more interactive without a second controller.


 

 

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Watch movies

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. Try one of these drone movies while you’re at it.


Fly other drones

The Mavic Pro is not the only drone to enjoy DJI Goggles integration. To a lesser extent, you’ll be able to control and fly, or at least use the headset for FPV streaming video, with the Phantom 4 line, the Inspire 2, the Spark and the new Mavic Air. These DJI drones connect via USB cable and offer a lesser set of flight controls. 

Once again, HDMI input means you can use as a passive display for near any drone, but only DJI products can enjoy actual flight controls for now.


Chromecast

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