DJI recently filed several new patents with the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), what appears to be Mavic 3 drone that everyone is hoping to be released sometime this year.
Among these four different technologies, which appears to feature a completely new folding design for a drone. It incorporates a magnet-enable docking system, a brand new camera module and optical image stabilization (OIS) system.
After the rumors of Autel EVO 2 featuring serious firepower, mainly with 8K camera specifications which sent DJI executives back to the drawing board. Now that some time have passed and the competition between two popular drone industries are starting to heat up.
DJI’s latest patents have been buzzing around the drone communities as of latest with the new OIS system being developed only for Mavic 3. According to DJI Mavic 3 rumors, it’s expected to have a launch date around September 2020 in Fall.
The other technologies that DJI patented seems to suggest the company is also working on a brand new racing drone. But the information gathered is inconclusive than a new foldable design which indicates the Mavic 3 drone is closer than we expected.
That being said, let’s take a closer look at all DJI’s recent patents and what they will tell us about their latest gadgets that the company is working on.
New Folding Design Patent
First of all, this patented technology design features a brand new foldable design. It is dubbed as the Deformable Frame of Aerial Vehicle and Aerial Vehicle. It is a completely novel way to fold a drone.
Currently, both Mavic Pro and Mavic 2 Pro / Mavic 2 Zoom can be folded individually. The new design iteration suggests that the Mavic 3 arms will be attached to the propeller frames and folded at the same time.
Furthermore, instead of folding the motor arms in and out. This new design will be folded by pushing them forward and inwards which is indicated by the curve in the patented design image above.
Some remote pilots also speculated that the new folding design could be used as a racing drone. Moreover, it looks like it will lead to a third installation of Inspire 3 drone, which is extremely likely considering the Inspire 2 drone was released in 2014.
Magnet-Enable Landing System Patent
A second patented technology that was filed by DJI a little more than a week ago reveals the company is developing a smart drone docking system. This new technology system uses magnet that helps a drone land in a specific location and is titled as “System and Method for Landing a Mobile Platform via Magnetic Field”.
The language in this patent looks like the magnet-enabled drone docking system will not only help a drone land in a specific spot. But it will also assist the drone hover above that location.
Currently, one of the major issues with drone delivery is docking — especially in urban areas where there is very tiny room for margin of error. Which marks the importance of having a smart docking system to help the drone make smart autonomous decisions.
Camera Module Patent
Another technology that the company patented appears to be a brand new camera module. At first glance, it looks like another Osmo-styled camera. But because of its small size and compact framework, it seems like a lot of new generation DJI drones will be using this camera.
The camera module comes with a replaceable casing that can be easily popped off, which lets you swap in a new camera without hassle.
Furthermore, the new DJI camera module will be able to tilt upwards and downwards using servo and gear system. Some insiders speculated that the new camera module will be used specifically for the FPV racing drone — given the common issue to angle your FPV camera while flying at sonic speed.
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) System Patent
The biggest DJI patent news is all about technology that appears to describe a brand new Optical Image Stabilization system.
This patent reveals a brand new sensor and lens mounted on the same unit. It looks very similar to the camera used on Mavic 2. Although, the new patented technology leads that the DJI is developing a much more advanced Optical Image Stabilization sensor for the Mavic 3 (but it also can mean the Phantom 5 drone is happening sooner than you think).
The OIS system is designed to help you capture smoother video footage and retain quality in low-light situations. Which means it calls for slower shutter speed.
While DJI Mavic 3 is rumored for a release date in September. From what we have heard, the new Mavic 3 will be larger than its predecessor (it is inevitable with these upgrades and incorporation of ADS-B receivers).
Thus, the Mavic 3 will come with:
- An interchangeable lens system with OIS
- 360 degree obstacle avoidance
- An MFT camera system
Stay tuned for more drone news about Mavic 3 in the coming months. We will make sure to share what we learned about this exciting flying gadget that everyone is hoping for. Stay tuned to Gears Deals for breaking news,