DJI RoboMaster S1 - Programmable "fighting robot" for playful learning

Learning to program in a playful way while immersing yourself in the programming languages ​​Scratch 3.0 and Python, the DJI RoboMaster S1 Robot. Not only can you assemble it yourself, but the remote control, its ball thrower, the wheels and their motors and the sensors can also be addressed using self-programmed commands. Children, adolescents and adults have the opportunity to playfully learn to program with a STEM toy (= Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Here you will find details and background information on the DJI RoboMaster S1, why it is offered by a drone manufacturer and what you can expect for € 549,00.

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The DJI RoboMaster S1 robot is a STEM toy for learning to program and having fun. Robust and equipped with many modern features, it is the entry-level programming tool for children, adolescents and adults.

The DJI RoboMaster S1 robot is a STEM toy for learning to program and having fun. Robust and equipped with many modern features, it is the entry-level programming tool for children, adolescents and adults.

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DJI RoboMaster S1 - Win by learning

The RoboMaster S1 from DJI contains a total of 46 programmable components as well as a high-resolution FPV camera, which can be addressed by a compatible device (e.g. iPhone or iPad). For a particularly easy introduction, the STEM Toy can be programmed using Scratch, a graphically prepared programming language with which commands and queries can be used in an easily understandable manner. Python is also available for advanced users. Both can also address the six programmable AI modules and the omnidirectional movement mechanics of the driving and combat robot. 

Driving along paths, recognizing obstacles, identifying objects, following people, and much more. The DJI RoboMaster S1, programmable via Scratch and Python, helps with learning programming languages.

Driving along paths, recognizing obstacles, identifying objects, following people, and much more. The DJI RoboMaster S1, programmable via Scratch and Python, helps with learning programming languages.

By using the various components (driving mechanics, camera, pellet thrower, laser light, etc.) it is possible to program the robot for different applications. From the obstacle course to exploring inaccessible areas to competing with other robots, everything is included. All of this means that the programming is made clear through a visible and haptic output of commands. Since programming as a skill is becoming more and more important in business and society, the DJI RoboMaster S1 with its playful support of this skill is certainly a good purchase.

Learn to Code: Programming Guides, Video Courses, and More

The manufacturer DJI itself has some content that helps you get started with the programming languages ​​and program the robot. Unfortunately, these are not yet available in German, but at least in English. You can find them under the menu items "Programming Guide" and "Video Courses" on the Product page of the RoboMaster S1.

If you, understandably, would rather use a guide in German for yourself or your children, you will find it on Amazon. Here I have picked out a few examples of Scratch and Python instructions for you (you can leave further book tips as comments):

Why the drone manufacturer sells STEM toy robots

Here in the West, many don't know, but DJI looks for new talent every year - by holding a robot competition called “RoboMasters”. Different robots, each with their own tasks, strengths and weaknesses, are built and controlled by rival teams. The winners can look forward to a job at DJI, the other participants at least to inquiries from similar companies. The RoboMasters event has grown more and more in recent years and is streamed via Twitch, among other things. Bloomberg has a little report about the 2018 event with this one Video released:

Depending on the character of the competition, the DJI RoboMaster S1 shoot small gel beads. If several of the moving robots are used, they can shoot laser lights at their sensors to pull off HP and thus enter the competition. Specially programmed maneuvers and choreographies can be activated at the push of a button. All of this and many other functions (such as person tracking so that the robot can follow people) are explained in the test video that I have included for you at the bottom;)

DJI RoboMaster S1 - price is 549 euros

Of course, the robot is not cheap. But it is big and robust; made in the well-known DJI quality. Among other things, it is suitable for the technology and computer science group at school. Or as a big Christmas present for really good children. In any case, there is a lot in the scope of delivery, which you will receive after 3 to 5 working days of dispatch: all required individual parts including lubricating grease, masking tape, protective glasses and cables. The visual markings, with which actions can be triggered by recognition via the camera, are also included. You can find the full scope, more product pictures and other details when you on the overview page click on "order now";)

DJI RoboMaster S1 Test and Review (YouTube Video)

For some time now, there has been an extensive and sometimes a bit lengthy test report in video form on YouTube. But if you fight your way through the 16 minutes and 25 seconds, you will learn a lot about the DJI RoboMaster S1. The video comes from the “Reveal Rabbit” channel, to which a model for the DJI RoboMaster S1 test and review was sent before the robot's current launch in Germany. Looks here in and get a (moving) picture:

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