With the DJI RoboMaster S1 – or DJI RoboMaster Step 1 – DJI Innovations presented a so-called STEM Toy for the first time. The DJI RoboMaster S1 is a four-wheel drive, remote-controlled robot car, which as a STEM toy (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) should enable playful learning and prove the programming abilities of the user. The basic idea of the RoboMaster S1 is based in particular on the RoboMaster Challenge – a highly dated robotics competition organized by DJI, among others.
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Under the motto “Learn to Win” DJI presented the new DJI RoboMaster S1 on June 12, 2019. The RoboMaster S1 is a programmable, educational robot and its current price can be found here. The robot is characterized by a robust and minimalist design and is considered to be a prime example of machine efficiency and artificial intelligence (AI). The RoboMaster S1 was inspired by the international robotics competition, the renowned DJI RoboMaster Challenge. The robot should, therefore, offer the user the opportunity to put theoretical knowledge and theoretical programming skills into practice.
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With the help of programming languages such as Scratch 3.0 and Python, children and teenagers can breathe life into the DJI RoboMaster S1 and let the robot, which weighs almost 3.3 kilograms, compete against each other in competitions. The RoboMaster S1 from DJI should be able to perceive its surroundings both acoustically and visually thanks to all kinds of sensors. Visual cameras, a 2-axis gimbal, and infrared cameras are also on board with the DJI RoboMaster S1. In addition, RoboMaster S1 can recognize other robots and communicate with each other. The scope of equipment also includes intelligent remote control, a gel-ball throwing cannon, four Mecanum wheels or an intelligent sensor armoring.
Robomaster S1 specifications
With its four Mecanum wheels, the robot can move quickly in all possible directions. The front side is spring-loaded. A powerful motor with an output power of up to 19 W ensures fast movement. Forwards 0-3.5 m/s, backwards 0-2.5 m/s and sideways 0-2.8 m/s are possible.
In combat mode, intelligent armor plates detect impacts from infrared rays and gel beads. A referee system can evaluate the impacts. The integrated FPV camera (2,560 x 1,440 pixels, video mode with maximum 1,920×1,080 pixels/30p) can be aligned relatively flexibly thanks to the 2-axis gimbal. The robot recognizes lines, visual markings, people gossiping and other RoboMaster S1. Automated travel is possible with the aid of visual markings. The 2,400 mAh battery provides an operating time of about 35 minutes. A RoboMaster app is available for both iOS 9.0 or higher and Android 5.0 or higher.