DJI’s New Robot Isn’t What You Were Expecting

This thing right here might as well be the
Loch Ness Monster with an iPhone 11, or footage of an alien drinking a milkshake
in Area 51. It’s a highly guarded secret, and anyone who
knows about it, or has seen it, has been forbidden from
admitting that it exists for months. That is, of course, until it made its way
here to my kitchen counter, and now to you. Say hello to DJI’s latest creation, the
RoboMaster S1. You all know DJI, it’s the world’s largest drone maker, and perhaps China’s most popular tech
company. People obsess over its products with an
Apple fanboy-like lust. And DJI delivers, bringing out one new drone
after another. But now DJI has decided to bring its talents
to the ground. With the RoboMaster S1, it has built a robot aimed at consumers who
want to drive around really fast, and then shoot each other with pellets and
lasers. Because if there’s one thing the world
really needed, it’s the violence of video games brought to
real life. The idea for this new robot started here, it’s the annual RoboMasters competition that DJI holds in Shenzhen. College engineering students show up for a
couple of weeks and try to destroy each other with a variety
of robots. As you can see, it’s a lot of fun. The big idea then was to shrink these robots
down to little ones, that regular people could
build and then use in their own battles. You know what says “inspiration and
creativity live here”? This poorly lit, brutalist building in the
Shenzhen suburbs that is a DJI research and development lab. Several months ago I came here to get a
firsthand look at prototypes of the RoboMaster S1. This fellow here is the lead of the design
team who helped bring this device to life. “Can you walk me through some of the
different parts?” “So this is a video transmitter, and here is
a camera. And also there’s a shooter mechanism.” “You’ve got the bullets in there?” “Yeah, 90% of them are made of water. And when it hits things, it’s smashed and it
disappears. And on each robot, the lights here indicates
the hit point. When you have repeated been hit, the robot will end up being destroyed.” “That’s the object of the game, is to chase
each other around and hit these plates? Is there like a laser?” “Yeah, and if you always aim at the center
you should be fine.” “All right let’s do it.” “Ok, let’s do it.” “Are you really good at this? Are you just being nice to me?” “No no no. I’m a good driver, but not a good
shooter.” “So you’ve got the controller, but there’s a
different mode where you can just use your body?” “In this way, we allow people to control the movement of
the rover. You can see it’s a very sensitive.” Because DJI founder Frank Wang is a cruel,
cruel engineer, you cannot just buy a RoboMaster S1 and play
with it. No, uou must first assemble it by hand and learn things along the way about
robotics and coding. Here’s a group of youngsters DJI turned into
its product testing guinea pigs at something it billed as a summer camp. “This robot is also an educational tool to
teach programming language. For example, it can be used as a autonomous
driving car, but we don’t have built-in functionality for
this, kids have to learn to to program themselves
to achieve these functionalities.” The hope is that this will teach kids a few
things, get them hooked on robotics, and turn into a worldwide sporting
phenomenon of sorts. “We hope that, in the future, robotics will
become a major sport, like football, basketball. That’s our vision for this product.” “Ow. I’m dead.” “Yes” “Nice game.” “My kids would die to play this.” And boys, daddy made your dream come true. Six months after my trip to China I got my hands on a couple of the finalized
units. Here’s my oldest son Bowie and his adorable
sidekick Tucker who don’t yet know just how bad the DJI
instructions are going to be. “Gentlemen, I have assembled you here today with cookies and milk for an important
project.” “Are going to build a robot?” “We are going
to build a robot, if you guys are up for
it.” “You’re going to have to do most of the
building.” Like a yak on about education and teachable
moments, but really I just wanted my kids to build
this thing so I could play with. “That’s the coolest tool I’ve ever seen.” “Tucker look at this.” “On your mark. Get set. Go!” It ships with this racing mode, where you can use computer vision to spot
targets placed around the house. “Engageing in close quarters.” “Ow, I keep crashing.” Of course, what’s more fun is shooting
pellets. “Here’s your orbs, boys.” Or it has laser mode, You know, for less mess. “This is the least fun part of the day.” Will many people actually buy the RoboMaster
S1? It’s hard to say. The product requires a lot of actual work to
use. It’s going to be expensive, and it’s much
more nichey than DJI’s usual devices. So it’s fair to say the struggle is real for
DJI trying to create a global RoboMasters
army. As we see how things play out, let’s just
hope that the kids remember to wear their
safety goggles, and the DJI has a good insurance policy.

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100 Responses

  1. maydaverave says:

    how long until someone mounts a hand gun on one?

  2. Pranav Sai says:

    Why is this guy shitting on DJI so much?

  3. Dayon Panyalai says:

    I think skynet is made in China…after seeing this video…niceee very very nicee

  4. Avadon Markus says:

    They envision it as a world wide sport…hmmm…censorship…it seems to have disallowed them the privilege of watching…robotwars…

  5. 李存勖 says:

    100 times larger in size and arm with laser and machine gun, makes it a nightmare in battlefield.

  6. Joseph Pinkham says:

    I could see this being modified to shoot real bullets.

  7. Troyx.x Arv says:

    Silicon valley is having a vertigo.

  8. Silvannetwork says:

    m-.. metal gear?

  9. Kingbeer01 says:

    In the wrong hands this could be very very dangerous, I want one 😀

  10. David Wilson says:

    battle bots is exciting..this looks boring..

  11. Blaze Ace says:

    2:39 90% of them are made of water … the others are pure enriched plutoneum

  12. oil Toast says:

    I would like to combine one of these with cozmo.

  13. Mark S says:

    Gotta admit, this is too damn cool

  14. Greg Hinson says:


  15. Scream of Shadow says:

    "The important one"
    *The cute one"

  16. LarHisenBurg says:


  17. haha says:

    Too much time to spend on a toy. It requires human control, and has to run on flat ground, so not really very useful in real life.

  18. Alex Wisdom says:

    I honestly think the building and coding aspect is great, I’m personally a robotics student and building is the best part and learning how to code and work as a team I’ve honestly learned a lot about engineering

  19. Joshua Degreiff says:

    And that’s Skynet rises ?

  20. Ryan Lee says:

    This is for KIDS learn Python

  21. John Smith says:

    Just a matter of time before robos real rounds go down range and into your home!

  22. T L says:

    weaponize this thing takes some engineering to stabilize the recoil, but who knows, probability got banned pretty soon…..

  23. John Hou says:

    Robots terminated human, DJI built the robots

  24. Jes arce says:

    where can we buy it..??

  25. Aerohk says:

    Someone will very soon figure out a way to replace the water gun with real gun given its modulator design. Maybe that is the true intend of the product.

  26. Simply me says:

    I want one

  27. holy shit says:

    It's all fun and games now.

  28. 8D1o4r9z says:

    they voiceover guy is annoying

  29. Savage ____________ says:

    Give me one right now please please please

  30. SINISTER 666 says:

    Whats the worst that can happen?

  31. Kinvert says:

    DJI – We are interested in teaching with these in the suburbs of Detroit. Specifically with Python, though later maybe in Scratch as well.

  32. Jhonnathan Sakaguchi says:

    Please I want to have a father like that…….

  33. Pragmatic says:

    I want one

  34. Saosaq Ii says:

    China is on the right track. Building drones as weapons so they don’t need to send soldiers.

  35. President NotSure says:

    Won't be long before those robots have a real gun attached.

  36. Michael theGreat says:

    This thing put expensive rc cars to shame

  37. Mike Trieu says:

    Very clever to use PMMA beads as toy "tracer rounds" that edge-illuminate with LEDs. Also an excellent use of omnidirectional wheels. I wanna see someone teach that drone how to perform tank strafing maneuvers with AI now.

  38. Lets Build Things! says:

    Those tires look like the as annoying as a roach drones from r6.

  39. no iden says:

    My school bully will be happy, when i buy one of those, put the glock on it and ride to his house

  40. Tony gallina says:

    This reporter sucks

    Stupid jokes..
    Lame comments

  41. BrickFreak2000 says:

    This thing is awesome if you know people who have it too. Otherwise the coding and assembling are the only fun things

  42. shpluk says:


  43. cairo says:

    Obviously a communist military project in a hidden as a capitalist style.

  44. Florian Larsson says:

    "Because if there is one thing the world really needed, It's the violence of video games brought to real life."

    But isn't that war?

  45. Holy Ravioli says:

    You forgot the seizure warning, now im ded.

  46. Jacob says:

    everyone saying its genuis to make the person have to learn to code is so dumb, reality is people will not buy this robot it isnt that cool

  47. 1323GamerTV says:

    Hi i am epileptic and this gave me a seizure. I’m fine but mad there wasn’t a warning. Please add a warning

  48. yang Yang says:

    US customers please be quick! limited time in stock!

  49. Max says:

    Oh and I thought it was an automatic tourret for the us military

  50. Rick C-137 says:

    “Welcome to cyberball”

  51. Burnt plays says:

    so we are now going to die in the near future

  52. Akash Tarafder says:

    How can we mount a 22lr gun in that thing ?

  53. Element 55 says:

    I can't admit that it exists for a few months, apparently.

  54. Joe_Anroy says:

    More chinese crap developed from stolen ideas

  55. Joe_Anroy says:

    3 Months later… dad I need a new bike

  56. Christian Otero says:

    YES! I’ve been waiting for this ever since I heard of their RoboMaster competitions!

  57. Samuel Davidson says:

    "Erlich Bachmana is a fat, old, alone man…" LOL

  58. Gurlandia says:

    another step to getting some real guns on those robots… dangerous games

  59. jayb198083 says:

    Way overpriced, and seriously, build yourself, hardly something special, it's equivalent to an IKEA furniture, nothing educational about the build.

  60. texxstalker says:

    How about a robo vacuum cleaner function? 😀

  61. David McKee says:

    5:25 "My kids would die to play this" and that's why the sport will never become as popular as football. A football costs $10 and uses a backyard. These are unaffordable for many so we'll never be able to find the best, due to inaccessibility.

  62. Clifford inggs says:

    this is so cool. Victor , you are right. The idea of assembling it yourself and learning about it in the process is the best part

  63. Jose Lozano says:

    That's a cool toy!
    I want a pair of those!

  64. The Peeces Music says:

    "Are we gonna build a robot?!" Spoken like a future innovator. Great kids, buddy. Big smile here…

  65. Christopher N says:

    FYI MSRP is $600

  66. Hubert says:

    omni directional wheels, low latency, superior battery life, excellent camera, 360 degree swivel, mechanical and software at its finest.

    This isn't a RC car, this is years of tech and mechanical innovation packed into a toy. Meant to bring the same joy and wonder RF cars brought to the previous generation.

    I'm amazed at what I'm seeing. If I wasn't a cheap bastard, I'd buy one myself.

  67. TooSoonTv says:

    Thinking this "project" In real war; like a huge bank.hahahaha. they are just kidding. It is a toy…. Hahaha.

  68. Leo J says:

    I want one or two.

  69. Marcel Bruinsma says:


  70. gfx miner says:

    rocket and bomb started as an amusement fireworks, now its killing people in war, this looks like start of very deadly war machinery

  71. 971Doom says:

    How long before someone put a real gun and start messing with it?

  72. Derposaurus says:

    put a glock on it and then i'll buy it

  73. A RY says:

    How much?

  74. Unerving Silence says:

    Do they use cc plus?

  75. jayesh patil says:

    Let me tell you vision of this dji robot. Remove water bullets load real bullets and use them in war with anyone who come in way in China.

  76. Benjamin Stephens says:

    Bloomberg is known for spoiling fun for everyone! If it even remotely has any type of "Fictional Weapon",…BLOOMBERG WANTS TO BAN IT! Future ????

  77. Benjamin Stephens says:

    Best part that I like is that it forces you to learn and problem solve!

  78. dcklee11 says:

    Fabulous technology, perhaps it can be used on the battlefields of the future. Enlarge and just put in real bullets.

  79. G T says:

    I’m 34. Would I look foolish buying and playing with this ? Lol

  80. Christopher Chilton-Smith says:

    That is fucking awesome!

  81. Wemdiculous says:

    Those wheels are sick

  82. Sidney Lu says:

    Well done, what else could i say?its not allow to develop or study guns in China, but education is ok,especially after we challenged from outside

  83. mayank raj says:

    Congratulations, its bigger brother kills you in the future

  84. pumpfever says:

    The world seen as an American. Wants no work setting it up the product. Thinks about how to sue the company for his/her own mistakes when using the product lol

  85. Cherrie Dee says:

    Then the democrats give one with a real gun, to an autistic kid, get him to shoot up a school……then blame it on Trump!

  86. Mike Holly says:

    Who cares too niche

  87. Eric Wu says:

    Fantastic Wheel.

  88. Christer says:

    Would be nice if China would let us invest in their companies.
    Have an open and unregulated stock market like Nasdaq.

    Greetings from Sweden 🙂

  89. Vaporizador Cigarrillo Electronico says:

    Because there is one thing the world really needed. The violence od videogames brought to real life. WTF. Sounds like a trigger for the replublican agenda.

  90. Sarah Chen says:

    "regular people could build…"

    Me: I tried and had many problems over the course of 4-5 days

    I'm below average

  91. Sarah Chen says:

    At 2:01 I thought someone was farting

  92. Eric Steinberg says:

    I like poo

  93. Akshayraj Singh Rathore says:

    More videos plz

  94. Colourful Banana says:

    Whenever Bloomberg makes a video about China, there is always this omnious vibe about the videos. The color grading, the choice of words, the general tone…it's really suggestive and unnecessary, can't u juz make a normal video about China?

  95. Unknown User says:

    This will be weapon of choice for the Chinese military. Just wait

  96. Eastman Webb says:

    The way they shift from side to side looks so cool.

  97. sunilaup says:

    Backround music from 3:12 ? Can someone help me?

  98. Shanna G. says:

    these things should be protecting our schools

  99. α Centauri says:

    @Ashlee, @Bloomberg, you people go through so much trouble and sacrifice to get this serious, important, and utterly relevant information to us. What would we do without you ?

  100. JD Who' is says:

    i like it

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