The DJI patent filing that was shown at the end of last week does not show the DJI Mavic 3. Instead, these drawings go back to another filing from August 30, 2017, and explain DJI’s folding mechanism as it is likely used on the DJI Mavic 2.
DJI Mavic 3 not shown in recently published patent filing
Late last week a patent drawing was shown that was also shared by OsitaLV that supposedly shows the new DJI Mavic 3. However, after a more thorough investigation, this does not seem to be the case.
The drawing shows a folding mechanism that DJI protected through a patent filing. The drawings are detailed in the filing W02019041174 and CN108513563 both of which have an application date of August 30th, 2017. Hat tip to Winfried for being the first to point this out.
A detailed explanation of the folding mechanism can be found in this filing here from the US patent filing database. In it is specifies the following:
This application is a continuation of International Application No. PCT / CN2017 / 099700, filed Aug. 30, 2017, the entire content of which is incorporated herein by reference.
And it explains the folding mechanism in detail:
In accordance with the disclosure, an unmanned aerial vehicle is provided in the present disclosure. The unmanned aerial vehicle includes a fuselage and a plurality of arm assemblies disposed at the fuselage. Each arm assembly includes an arm connected to the fuselage and a drive mechanism for driving the arm to rotate. The arm includes an unfolded state and a folded state. Each drive mechanism is configured to drive a corresponding arm to rotate relative to the fuselage and to enable a switching between the unfolded state and the folded state of the corresponding arm.
The folding mechanism explained in these patent filings from DJI, seem to show how the folding arms of the DJI Mavic 2 work.
DroneXL’s take on the DJI Patent filings
Like many other companies, DJI files many patents to protect its ideas, concepts, and mechanisms. Sometimes these patented ideas show up in actual products as seems to be the case here. Sometimes, these ideas only exist on paper and might be used for defensive purposes only. In my experience, DJI patent filings have not been a good forecaster of future DJI products. FCC filings and leaked photos typically provide better clues of DJI products, such as a Mavic 3, that are expected to hit the market in the near future.
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