February 14, 2018

Built with aerospace materials such as lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber, the R1 is available now at in the USA and Canada for US$ 2499.

Skydio announces fully autonomous flying camera

Skydio, a tech company based in Redwood City, California, USA, has announced the availability of its first product: the R1, a fully autonomous flying camera. Accoring to a press release, the drone, which is powered by the Skydio Autonomy Engine, can see and understand the world around it so that it can fly safely at high speeds while avoiding obstacles, even in dense and challenging environments. Skydio says it can see people and anticipate how they will move, and then make intelligent decisions about how to get the smoothest, most cinematic footage in real-time.

R1 was built from the ground up for autonomous flight by a team of world-class researchers and engineers. Launching the drone is as easy as swiping up with one finger in the Skydio app. Capturing 4K video footage just takes a single tap on one of the available cinematic modes like Follow, Orbit, or Side.

When the drone is flying, the Skydio Autonomy Engine sees the world through the drone’s 13 built-in cameras, giving it the ability to map and understand the world in real-time. Powered by NVIDIA Jetson, a powerful AI supercomputer, R1 is able to make intelligent decisions, plan real-time movements, and navigate complex environments, according to Skydio.

With the introduction, the company want to enable a new type of visual storytelling. “The promise of the self-flying camera has captured people’s imaginations, but today’s drones still need to be flown manually for them to be useful,” said Adam Bry, CEO and co-founder of Skydio. “We’ve spent the last four years solving the hard problems in robotics and AI necessary to make fully autonomous flight possible. We’re incredibly excited about the creative possibilities with R1, and we also believe that this technology will enable many of the most valuable drone applications for consumers and businesses over the coming years.”

Skydio’s R1 is available now at in the USA and Canada for US$ 2499.

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