Geek Pick: DJI RoboMaster S1 Is an Educational Land Drone


When talking about modern day drones you usually need to make a distinction between the flying robots the government uses to fight forever wars and the flying robots indie filmmakers use to get sick aerial shots. DJI products firmly fall in the latter. However, one look at the DJI RoboMaster S1 had us wondering if the company was considering the former. But don’t worry, this land drone will educate your kid, not eradicate them.

Can you see why we’re so spooked by this thing though? The DJI RoboMaster totally continues the trend of kids toys look increasingly militarized. It rolls around on four rugged grey wheels that can strafe side to side along with forward and back. Combine that with a mounted head turret swiveling in all directions and the drone is capable of complex smooth movement that just looks unnerving.

At least for adults. Kids will probably get a kick out of the level of precision they have when controlling the drone. After initially constructing it like a model kit, users can directly control the robot with a mobile app or with an optional $80 video game console-esque controller. While directly controlling the drone you guide its movement as well as aim the turret. The turret shoots soft gel beads and also acts as a surprisingly crisp HD camera.

What the RoboMaster S1 is truly capable of though is up to the creativity of the user. Customize the body of the robot itself thanks to its modular design and multiple types of USB ports. You can also program the robot with support for multiple coding languages. Scratch is a great accessible way to introduce children to code concepts. Python takes them to the next level with power strong enough even for professionals. So the DJI RoboMaster S1 might just help your kid get a cushy white-collar job, not just a ticket to the next season of BattleBots.

For more on the DJI RoboMaster S1 check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag. For more on robots check out these hummingbird drones and NASA robots for future space missions.

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