If we had to mention a couple of the most booming technology sectors right now, the drones would probably accompany the electric cars on that short list. The drones are already present in many aspects of the industry, even though what we see now is only a tiny picture of much greater promises. Today there is a leader in the market of drones, it is clearly DJI.
A Chinese manufacturer that in its first five years of life managed to crown the domestic market and now, with a couple of years of more experience, it has introduced the DJI Spark that, among other things, we can control with gestures. As you read, with gestures in the purest style of the Jedi knights.
When we refer to the DJI Spark as the most affordable of the Chinese manufacturer’s catalog, we do it being aware of the fact that DJI is situated in what we could call the high end of the sector. To have the amazing experience of the new DJI Spark, you will have to disburse 600 euros just for the drone and a pair of batteries, and the experience may not be absolutely complete if you do not add a few accessories to the set.
The new DJI Spark allows us to control it with gestures at close range, a couple of touches on the back button with the camera pointing at us, and it flies. Within a couple of meters from us, DJI Spark is able to recognize us, thanks to the front camera and it follows the movements we indicate with the arm. As if we could control the force, it rises and reduces the altitude, and also moves laterally according to our orders.
The distance of these gestures must be short to perform its functions i.e. take a picture. We can make DJI Spark follow us as if it were an obedient pet, a plastic pet with electronic heart and flying power. Controlling the DJI Spark with gestures allows us to take selfies and play to be Jedi, but its system is still somewhat green.
As reported by the DJI itself, the gesture mode is still not 100% polished and they hope that it will be further improved. When it really is too disconnected, it takes time to recognize us and does not respond correctly to all the gestures we make. The development is advanced, of course, but there is still room for improvement.
To enjoy the full experience, DJI Spark will require that we pair it with the mobile or use a remote that will cost us more. Of course, it will come with a lot of extra propellers, protectors, a third battery, a cargo port and also a shoulder bag to carry it.