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The Evolution and History of Quanum FPV Goggles

Most tech gadgets develop over time into something almost unrecognisable to its original. Think of the very first iPhone compared to the iPhone X. They are worlds apart in such a short space of time. Like the first iPhone, The Quanum FPV Goggles started out as a basic yet revolutionary model and continued to develop into something even more spectacular than imaginable and has become the phenomenon that it is today. Let’s trace the Quanum back to its humble beginnings.

June 2014 – Quanum DIY FPV Goggle Set with Monitor (KIT)

hobbyking quanum fpv goggle Quanum released its first ever mass-produced and affordable DIY FPV Goggle Kit in June of 2014. It was the first transition between people who were using monitors and those using goggles themselves. The 4.3-inch non-Blue screen monitor combined with the way the lens arched in gave an immersive feel. Moulded out of foam, the ergonomic design was created to allow the user to carve the goggle to best suit their face with additional foam strips provided to get the right fit and block all the light.

While this was a revolutionary start for Quanum FPV Goggles, it did not have a transmitter and was limited to being used with a base station.

Specs
Monitor Screen NON-Blue screen custom TFT LCD
Screen size 4:3 in (16:9 or 4:3 switchable)
Format PAL/NTSC supported
Supply Voltage 7~13V
Resolution 480px(w)
Frensel Lens 3X and 4X included
Size 140x95x120mm
Weight 195g

April 2016 – Quanum DIY FPV Goggle V2 Pro

hobbyking quanum fpv goggles In April of 2016, HobbyKing released Version 2 of their very popular Quanum DIY FPV Goggle Set, and the improvements were huge. Some of the major changes, were the adjustable head strap, ensuring a great fit and sponge rubber cushioning strips for extra comfort. Another benefit to the head strap was that it included provisions for both a battery and a portable video receiver (VTX), despite not being included in the set. The head strap also came in a variety of different colours including black, red and an urban camouflage.

The goggles case, which was built out of lightweight EPP foam, was re-contoured to allow for spacing for the user’s nose. This improvement also allowed the user to wear their own glasses, if they needed.

Additionally, the new design had a longer focal plane and curved clear acrylic optics to have an even clearer and less distorted view than its predecessor.

Specs
EPP Foam Goggle Case Size 162mm x 170mm x 102mm
Neoprene Goggle Glove Size 300mm x 230mm
Neoprene Glove Colour Black
5” TFT monitor resolution 800 x 480 pixels
Format PAL/NTSC supported
Supply Voltage 7~13V
Focal Length Adjustment Clear Acrylic Lens Set (1x, 1.25x and 1.5x magnification)
Weight 532g

May 2016 – Quanum Cyclops FPV Goggle w/ Integrated Monitor and Receiver

hobbyking quanum In May 2016, HobbyKing took FPV Goggles to the next level with the introduction of their Quanum Cyclops FPV Goggles. This plug and play model included an integrated monitor and video receiver (VTX), which was a first of its kind for Quanum FPV Goggles. Unlike their previous models, this lightweight model used a rear mounted battery pouch to sure that weight was distributed correctly so wearing the goggles would not be uncomfortable for the user.

Similar to the previous model, you can wear your glass comfortably in this set too. Some other changes include the 5” TFT monitor with a new 3x magnification lens. Additionally, the model featured an on-screen menu with adjustable brightness and contrast controls, to enhance the user experience.

Specs
Dimensions 187(L) mm x 179(W) mm x 121(H) mm
Receiver -90 dbm ISM 5.8GHz 40ch
Antenna connections SMA
Monitor 800 x 480 non-blue screen monitor
Operating Current 600mA
Operating Voltage 7.4 ~ 12.6v
Weight 390g (without batteries)

Feb 2017 – Quanum Cyclops V2 FPV Goggle w/ Integrated Monitor and 40ch Receiver

hobbyking quanum Like their previous models, HobbyKing continually listened to their users to understand how best to improve their model based on their wants and needs. That is made apparent once more in the upgrades made to the Quanum Cyclops V2 FPV Goggle w/Integrated Monitor and 40ch Receiver. The biggest difference in V2 is the inclusion of the band and channel selection, which is an excellent addition. Whereas V1 was only limited to an auto scan.

HobbyKing has also included different input/output options. The AV option allows for in-ground station support and RF allows you to capture the flight and record the flight.

The new material of the head strap is a lot more comfortable and flexible to suit the shape of your head and face. V1 introduced the user to a battery mount at the rear of the goggles, which was used to optimize the weight distribution. V2 improved this by having a floating battery mount which could be adjusted along the strap to where it’s best suited to the individual. Additionally, the new battery compartment is much larger, giving you the option to use a larger battery.

On the inside, there is a new coating that is anti-reflective, which reduces the glare of the LCD screen on the inside of the model. HobbyKing also made upgrades to the video drivers for a better visual performance, as the colours were more vibrant and brighter. Additionally, the updated firmware on the video receiver significantly improved the reception quality.

Specs
Dimensions 187(L) mm x 179(W) mm x 121(H) mm
Receiver -90 dbm ISM 5.8GHz 40ch
Antenna connections SMA
Monitor 800 x 480 non-blue screen monitor
Operating Current 600mA
Operating Voltage 7.4 ~ 12.6v
Weight 390g (without batteries)

March 2018 – Quanum Cyclops Diversity FPV Goggle

hobbyking quanum cyclops diversity The new and improved Cyclops Diversity has all the best features of its predecessors and more. The plastic moulded goggles are the complete package that comes with an inbuilt digital video recorder (DVR) which allows you record all your FPV video onto a micro SD card. You can also use your DVR for instant playback. One of the most unique new features on this FPV Goggle is the added diversity, this means that the goggles have two receivers with two antennas. This is the perfect feature as it gives a couple of options which ultimately increases range.

Similar to the Cyclops Diversity V2, this model includes an AV option which allows for in-ground station support and allows other to watch your flight in real time.

For even more comfort the Quanum Cyclops goggles have an adjustable head strap that can be adjusted from the top, sides and the back of the users head to ensure that it comfortability fits each individual user. Like previous models, it too comes with soft sponge lining and includes a battery pouch along the head strap.

Specs
Operating Voltage: 7.4 – 12.6V
Receiver -90 dbm ISM 5.8GHz 40ch
Antenna connections SMA
Dimensions 187(L) x 179(W) x 107(H) mm
Operating Current 1000mA
Weight 445g (without batteries)

Specs:
Operating Voltage: 7.4 -12.6V
Receiver: -90 dBm ISM 5.8GHz 40ch
Antenna connections: SMA
Operating Current: 1000mA
Dimensions: 187(L) x 179(W) x 107(H)mm
Weight: 445g without battery

You can buy the Quanum Cyclops Diversity at HobbyKing now.

Written by Rebecca


 

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