The California-based start-up Skydio announces R1, the first fully autonomous drone-camera.
On February 13th Skydio company has announced R1 camera — the first fully autonomous drone-camera. The device is able to follow the object fully independently. It is equipped with a unique system of protection against collisions. The camera is able to record a stable video even in the forest.
R1 camera has been being developed for 4 years, and now it is really ideal. You can perceive this viewing the promotional video on Skydio's website. R1 uses 13 cameras to navigate environments. Powerful Nvidia AI processor of R1 allows to "digest" information and make intelligent decisions. During flying, the drone builds a three-dimensional map of environments and focuses on the object of pursuit. Neural networks help the drone to distinguish objects from others.
With R1 you'll receive 4K video. The device has two batteries, each battery for 16 minutes of recording time. The camera can fly after the object without connecting to the smartphone. The mass of device is 1 kg, built-in memory — 64 GB, the speed is about 25 miles per hour. Its price will be $2499.
Users can receive professional videos in one of the eight modes, for example, lead, follow or orbit.
Skydio was founded in 2014 in Redwood City, California. R1 is the first company’s product. Adam Bry, CEO and co-founder of Skydio believes “that this technology will enable many of the most valuable drone applications for consumers and businesses over the coming years.”