DJI RoboMaster S1 Educational RobotFirst steps in robotics? Do you want to learn more about science, math, physics, and programming? Welcome to the world of RoboMaster S1 from DJI, an educational robot built to unlock the potential in every learner. A modular design lets you build your S1 from the ground up, furthering the fun and providing hands-on experience with every screw and wire.

DJI, the master of drones, has spent the last few years running a well-known robotic competition in China “RoboMasters”, where students build and code robots that do battle in the arena. Now it’s time for the company to release a more approachable version of the robot to kids and everyone in the world, and the result is the educational toy robot tank called the RoboMaster S1.

The S1 is both a camera-equipped remote-controlled car and educational platform, using hardware and software muscles. It can be driven using a mobile app or coded to move on its own. It’s equipped with 31 sensors that help it map its environment, and it can move in 360 degrees thanks to cleverly-designed wheels. The robot can recognize and respond to gestures and sounds, or track objects, all using computer vision.

The interesting thing is, the S1 can shoot projectiles in the form of little gel bead bullets. These beads come in super small form but puff up once submerged in water for a few hours; they’re nontoxic, but will require some cleanup after use. The RoboMaster S1 can also be driven with a controller, though that will be sold separately in an add-on package that includes an extra battery and more gel beads, which will be available at a later date.

The S1 comes disassembled, so you have to put almost every piece together just to get started. “The hope is that robotics will become a major sport, like football, basketball. That’s our vision for this product,” told Shuo Yang, the head of the S1 project.

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