Dronemaker DJI has spent the last few years running a massive robotics competition in China called RoboMasters, where students build and code robots that do battle in a literal arena.
Now, DJI wants to sell a more approachable version of that idea to kids in the US, Europe, and Japan, with an educational toy robot tank called the RoboMaster S1.
Available starting Wednesday for $499, the S1 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.
Much like DJI’s newest drones, the S1 can recognize and respond to gestures and sounds, or track objects, all using computer vision.
The S1 was impressive during a short press briefing.