Prescription lenses for
your FPV goggles
Today’s FPV goggles offer amazing resolution for a
truly immersive flying experience. Unfortunately,
fliers with less-than-perfect distance vision may
not get the most out of these outstanding headsets.
While there are diopter-lens sets available to provide
a measure of distance-vision correction, these can’t
take the place of genuine prescription lenses. RHO-Lens fills this need by offering prescription lenses for
Fat Shark, Headplay, and similar FPV headsets. These
are not cheap molded lenses; RHO-Lens products
are CNC machined, polished, and then finished with
an anti-reflective coating. Finally, the lenses are
mounted in 3D-printed frames, ready for installation
in your goggles.
To order, go to the company’s website and fill in the
online prescription form with your latest distance-vision prescription; RHO-Lens will reply with a billing
invoice. Not all eye prescriptions include the required
pupil-distance measurement, but you should be able
to get this from your eyewear supplier.
RHO-Lens is based in Münster, Germany, and landed cost in the United States is about $70
for most prescriptions. Turnaround time to your mailbox is usually two to three weeks. RHO-Lens also offers its Headplay HD product, a lens insert for Headplay and similar headsets that
provides a sharper image than the stock Fresnel lens plate. These are standard lenses, requiring
no prescription, and the improvement in clarity is remarkable.—Jim Ryan
Drone Racing League DRL Racer3
To truly even the playing field and determine which flier has the most skills, you need a stock racing machine. To that
end, the Drone Racing League’s team of engineers created the DRL Racer3, a hand-built, carbon-fiber drone that can
accelerate from 0 to 80mph in less than one second and can fly at speeds of up to 85mph. A fleet of 450 of these
speedsters is ready for action and will be flown by elite racing pilots throughout the DRL 2017 season and in the Allianz
World Championship, airing on ESPN on June 20.