It may be recalled that on July 5 DJI announced that it would postpone the highly anticipated “See the Bigger Picture” event which was originally scheduled to take place today (August 18), as it is expected that the event has been postponed and one of the clues can be seen in instagram and facebook of DJI where the inagem below has been withdrawn.
A SERIOUS DESIGN FAILURE OF THE GIMBAL
Since DJI decided to push back the global launch date because of user experience and standard of innovation factors, many industry experts and readers of our website have been wondering what may have caused DJI to postpone their event at the very last moment. Software issues, hardware problems, US-Chinese trade war, and other reasons had been mentioned as possible causes, however, no official word from DJI had emerged. Then, early this morning, OsitaLV tweeted out the following message:
“A MESSAGE FROM A HIGHLY RELIABLE SOURCE, ABOUT THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE “SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE” EVENT. (NOT COMFIRMED YET!)
DJI FOUND A SERIOUS DESIGN FAILURE OF THE GIMBAL, BUT MASS-PRODUCTION HAD ALREADY BEGUN, SO THEY CALLED IT OFF. ABOUT 150000 PRODUCTS NEEDED TO BE REWORKED.”
If correct and the problem is indeed a serious design failure of the Mavic 2’s gimbal, DJI will not only have a technical hardware problem to resolve but possibly also a logistical nightmare if indeed products had already been shipped to various locations around the world.
In his tweet, OsitaLV mentions that the information comes from a highly reliable source, seemingly to counter any doubts people may have concerning his credibility. He also mentions “not confirmed yet”. It is unclear if this is referring to the rumor not being confirmed yet or if OsitaLV is pointing to a new date for the “See the Bigger Picture” event not having been confirmed yet.
As of today, DJI has not yet announced a new date for the “See the Bigger Picture” event and I can imagine that it may still be a few weeks out before they do so. A big disappointment for everybody who was hoping to fly a new Mavic 2 this summer, but at the same time I applaud DJI for their commitment to delivering a high-quality product.
Let’s hope that the Chinese drone-maker can solve this quickly and reschedule their global launch event.
What do you think about this being the reason behind DJI’s decision to postpone the event and how much of a delay do you think this might cause? Let us know in the comments below.