DJI SPARK Live Stream
24th May | 11:30 AM EDT | NEW YORK
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Update: May 24th
Today is the Day. Only a few more hours to go before the DJI event and no new leaks have been reviled. Although there is one thing that I noticed yesterday. I’ve been looking at the teaser video a lot in the last few days, and I think it’s indicating that there will be more than just one or two colors of the Spark. In fact, I think there will be six colors or more. Looking at the teaser video, every time they put text on the screen, the background color changed which could signify what colors we will see. There’s white, yellow, red, green, blue, and finally black. If this is true, I’ll take a blue Spark!
In any case, we will know soon enough!
Update: May 18th
It’s patent time again! A hand full of DJI patents were released this month, but there’s one in particular that stands out from the others. It’s called “Charging System, Power Supply Device, And Aircraft” and was filed on December 9th, 2016.
In the patent, it talks about how traditional charging technologies work well for stable charging at a low cost. However, in a scenario where a drone needs to be charged automatically if a conventional plug is used, the drone will have to precisely recognize the power connectors, requiring more processing power and driving up the overall cost.
Instead of using traditional plugs, the patent mentions the use of multiple power supply panels. These panels that they mention seem to be very similar to the gold plates seen on the bottom of the Spark drone. The charging system would be more than just a charger that your drone can land on. The patent mentions how the charger would have a communication system to tell the drone how to land and take off again, but what if there’s more to it than that.
What if you could keep your spark plugged in like a vacuuming robot, and it could deploy itself once a day and fly around your house? Maybe I’m overthinking this, but what if I’m not! Take a look at the patent for yourself here.
Update: May 15th
It looks like there will be Spark ND filters available from Polar Pro once the spark is released. These are definitely the strangest looking lens filters I’ve ever seen. The left side of the filter is for the Spark camera and the right side is for… Well, who knows what the right side is for? Something special I bet.
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The Latest Solid Info
Spark is the latest rumored drone to be announced by DJI this year. Where did the name Spark come from? It’s simple. Recently, DJI trademarked “Spark” as the name of a new drone, and when DJI trademarks something, it’s almost always used for an upcoming product their working on.
Right now there is very little known about the DJI Spark. Other websites way claim to have info about it, but nobody really knows at this stage. The only solid info we have is what can be gathered from analyzing all of the leaked images that have surfaced in the past week.
Update 5: More Leaks
Another image has fallen through the cracks! Based on the picture bellow, there’s a good chance that the Spark will be offered in a few different colors. This will make sense if they’re trying to compete with lower priced drones like the Bebop. So far, we’ve seen white, black and now red.
But wait! There’s something more to this image than just the red DJI Spark. Can you find it? Look at that Mavic Pro controller. It doesn’t appear to be for the Mavic at all. If you look closely, you will notice that there’s no LCD screen on the controller. This could indicate that the spark will use a more simple (Mavic like) controller, but based on the design, I would say it’s also going to use DJI’s OcuSync transmission technology which should allow it to be compatible with the Mavic Pro controller and the long awaited DJI Goggles!
Update 4: Taking A Closer Look
Sometimes, to get the full story of a product, you have to look at more than just what you see on the surface. You have to look into details. Take a look at these internal shots of the Spark to see what I mean.
In the photo above, you can see a large heatsink. Air comes in from one side, goes through the channels in the heat sink, flies around the fan, back through the heat sink, and finally out the other side. This explains those vent holes that we saw in all of the earlier photos. Previous DJI Drones have had much more complicated designs for cooling the electronics, but cooling isn’t the only thing that has been simplified.
On the Mavic Pro and all of DJI’s other drones, there are four antennas for communication, and they usually run inside the arms for the best signal. On the Spark, I’ve only seen two antennas and the only things going through the arms of the Spark are the motor wires. All of the ESCs appear to be located on the main power distribution board, meaning fewer PCB boards to produce and faster install time. DJI has also cut down on cameras. There’s no dual camera system on the bottom or the front like the Mavic Pro, but instead cheaper IR sensors.
If you’re wondering why the Spark seems like such a simple drone on the inside, that’s just because it is! All of these decisions weren’t made because they couldn’t fit the technology into the Spark. The goal for this drone is clearly to be the Tesla Model 3 of drones. The hardware will still be at a quality level higher than any other drone company, just smaller and cheaper to manufacture. This means that the Spark will be the most affordable new drone that DJI has ever come out with, but at the same time, software is where this drone will really shine and that’s what will set it apart from the other drones in its price range, like the Bebop from Parrot.
Update 3: More (Real) Leaks Have Arrived
This time we’re getting some better quality images of what the new Spark could look like. There still hasn’t been any official specs or pricing info leaked, but at least the new images are confirming a few things.
Like we originally thought, there will be obstacle avoidance, but it will be pretty basic. There won’t be any stereoscopic cameras on the front but instead, some kind of IR sensors like on the side of the Phantom 4 Pro. The motors are not the same as the Mavic Pro, they appear to be smaller, making them more efficient to keep the flight time high. based on these pictures, there’s a chance of a black model, but I don’t know. If we keep seeing more of these black Spark pictures up until the launch week, then I’ll be convinced.
Update 2: Spot The Fake!
Here’s another leaked image showing how small the Spark is compared to the Mavic. Wait, no just another fake photoshoped image. You can tell that the Spark wasn’t originally in this picture and that the propellers were just copied and pasted on to the motors. Since this isn’t real, you shouldn’t try comparing the two drones in size. It’s a nice try though.
Update 1: First Leaked Images of the Spark
All of these pictures came from a website in china which was taken down by DJI. Notice how it uses the same motors as the Mavic, but the arms aren’t foldable. The arms also appear to be made out of the same material as the Mavic but designed in a way to keep manufacturing cost down and hold up in a hard crash. This doesn’t mean it’s a racing drone; it just means that it will be very affordable and consumer friendly.
Image 1: Looking at the first picture, you can see the basic shape of the Spark and how small it is. To some extent, it almost resembles the Parrot Bebop. Unlike the Bebop though, the Spark is almost guaranteed to perform just as good or better than any of DJI’s other drones.
Image 2: here you can see much more details, like the ultrasonic and vision sensors, along with a new camera/gimbal design. The thing that stands out the most though is those four gold-plated squares on the battery. It could just be a new way of charging the drone using a charging pad accessory, but we think that’s just the beginning. More on that to come…
Image 3: This picture doesn’t appear to be all that interesting, /or does it?/ You can see some vents for cooling the electronics, but what’s that black spot under the back arm? Wait, never mind, it appears just to be the release button for ejecting the battery…
Image 4: Here’s another look at the back of the Spark. Nothing too special. Just a Micro SD card slot, USB port, the battery indicator lights and a power button. Some are saying the image shows a USB Type-C connector. If this is the case, in theory, you could charge the Spark with anything capable of supplying power through USB C, like the newest MacBook Pro.
Image 5: Looking at the Spark from the front, it almost looks like the top section (over the camera) is hiding some obstacle avoidance sensors. Why else would it be a flat surface?
My Best Guesses
These leaked photos reveal a lot, but there’s still much more to be discovered. I’m not sure about anything yet, but based on what DJI has done in the past, these are the specifications that I think we’ll see in the Spark:
- 4K 30fps videos and 12 megapixel photos
- some basic obstacle avoidance
- 15 to 22 minute flight times
- Super durable design
- $499 to $699 (a low price for what you’re getting)
- Compatibility with the Mavic Pro controller and DJI Goggles