First Look: DJI RoboMaster EP Core

Many, many, many moons ago, when editing the original “Videocamera” magazine (before it became and ex-magazine and ceased to exist which is why I started Australian Videocamera), I got into a bit of strife with the publisher as I broke a Golden Rule.

You see, with the imminent reprise of Dr Who on our tellies, and having been in touch with the team on how it came about, how it was shot, edited and whatever, I put a piccie of a Dalek on the front cover of the next month’s edition.

This apparently was a Big No-No, as in the entire life of the magazine, which was quite some years, it had NEVER not had had an image of a camcorder on the front cover.

It didn’t help when I pointed out that Daleks did have a camera nailed to their noggin …

Anyway, I have no such constraint here at Australian Videocamera, and so I introduce you to the brand new DJI RoboMaster EP Core.

Which has a camera.

From the folks behind the wildly successful suite of drones from the MAVIC Mini through the Air series and beyond, and using their obvious expertise in remote control and management of fancy electronics,  the DJI RoboMaster EP Core is an all-in-one classroom solution for STEM learning.

If you are not yet into the 21st century, STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. That’s the technical description anyway.

On the surface, RoboMaster EP Core looks like a big robot toy. But WHAT a toy! And it IS big and does come in a large box. But in bits and you have to build it.

Once you have done so – and I have not started as yet on my review unit – the robot has a robotic arm, a gripper, Mecanum wheels allowing omni-directional movement, a high powered servo system, a bunch of inbuilt sensors including motion and IR, an intelligent controller giving you hi-def image transmission (there is the camera angle) plus a whole heap of other whizzbang stuff.

Particularly clever is the option to add 3rd party gizmos and devices including ARDUINO, Raspberry Pi, Micro:Bit, Meccano and LEGO components as well as 3D printed objects (I am going to get a CloudForge Adventurer 3 from JayCar to play with that bit!)

Sensor adaptors let connect other gadgets to do such things as measure temperature, pressure, distance as well as video and audio to program AI applications.

There’s even an SDK available further opening the possibilities of the DJI RoboMaster EP Core.

If you want the full descriptive, pop over to https://www.dji.com/au/robomaster-ep-core.

But what I, and I am sure everyone else, wants to know, is how easy is it to build and then actually use? And just what is the potential here

It’s going to be a fun ride folks, so stay tuned! We are going to use this opportunity with the RoboMaster EP Core to push our take on video and associated audio etc into a whole new area I suggest …

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