DJI unveils Avata FPV, a new drone you can fly in first-person mode

The Avata FPV could be DJI’s most powerful drone yet, created for first-person control using a VR accessory-like headset and controller inspired by gaming accessories.

Described as the “ultimate experience” for drone enthusiasts, the DJI Avata FPV comes equipped with sturdy protections for each of the four thrusters and even a Turtle Mode feature, which allows crashed and overturned drones to roll remotely and re-launch. Theoretically, you’ll be able to crash into walls and crash-land in almost any position with your new DJI drone, attempting the hassle-free relaunch of a rescue “mission” in hard-to-reach spaces.

Basically, the Avata FPV works in a similar way to other DJI drones, accessing the global network of GPS satellites for location fixes and the on-board cameras for close-range fixes. The device uses the on-board computer to glide to a fixed point and autonomously navigate from one location to another. There is also a fully manual control mode (only available with the purchase of the DJI FPV Remote Controller 2 accessory).

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For enthusiasts, there’s also Sport Mode, a feature that takes Avata FPV navigation almost to the level of a video game, with pilots with some experience able to execute fine manoeuvres, squeezing through tight spaces and avoiding obstacles with pinpoint accuracy.

The new DJI Avata FPV model will be available to order directly from the manufacturer’s online store for €579 in the basic equipment, and up to €1388 in a complete set with the DJI Goggles 2 and DJI Motion Controller accessories needed for full control.

It must be said that Chinese manufacturer DJI has been the target of numerous accusations related to alleged collaboration with the Chinese Communist Party, aimed at clandestine intelligence gathering to facilitate espionage activity and even sabotage of drone owners under certain conditions.

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