In a previous blog post, we talked about DJI’s announcement of their new guidance system that allows drones to avoid obstacles on their own and essentially presenting the potential to self-maneuver through busy city environments. Well today, we’re going to talk about the Matric 100 itself which, again as you may remember, is the drone that DJI equipped with their guidance system.
Okay, so DJI created the Matric 100 as a sort of testing product for experimenting with. The idea is to have a unit that can be modified, customized and disassembled as necessary to see how far drone tech can be pushed. So far, the technology seems promising since the unit itself comes with all the necessary hardware for flying. Assembly time is minimal as well so even beginners can take advantage of it, and there’s also no need to tune or program the drone any further since it is flight ready.
The drone comes with multiple communication ports as well as several power supply leads and expansion bays. This allows for peripheral hardware to be mounted on the drone, providing access to flight data as well as the control mechanisms.
The flight time of the Matric 100 comes at a standard 20 minutes when outfitted with 1kg or 2.2lbs worth of hardware. That time can be doubled though by adding an extra battery in exchange for fewer payloads.
DJI added the Lightbridge video transmission technology into the Matric 100 too, a feature that was popularized by their Phantom drones. Lightbridge works with any camera that has HDMI or analogue video output, but you can get the best effects when you use the Inspire 1 Zenmuse X3 camera and gimbal. As a result, streaming live images to your smart devices becomes easier, especially with DJI’s Pilot app. The app offers infrared and thermal sensor options among others.
Frank Wang CEO and CTO of DJI, said in a press release that, “The M100 makes it easy to add processors, sensors and other equipment, opening the possibilities for how people use aerial technology in across industries. We’re excited to see how researchers and developers will use this platform to test how aerial technology can be used for agriculture, inspection, search and rescue and several other fields.”