The Skydio R1 fully autonomous drone

Our loyal visitors know, we use a DJI Mavic Pro drone for additional beautiful footage for our video reviews and other video productions. Last week I watched Casey Neistat’s vlog about a new drone, the Skydio R1. And I am impressed as I know from own experience that following (action) sports severe sometimes, even with active track, terrain follow, etc.

Skydio, a start-up, founded by former Google drone engineers, Adam Bry and Abe Bachrach, launched this February their first product: R1, a fully autonomous flying camera. With the introduction of R1, the company is taking a step toward the future of autonomous drones and enabling a new type of visual storytelling.

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“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,” says Adam Bry, CEO and co-founder of Skydio. “We’ve spent the last four years solving the hard problems in robotics and artificial intelligence 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.” R1 was built from the ground up for autonomous flight by a team of world-class researchers and engineers. R1 is powered by the Skydio Autonomy Engine, enabling it to 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. It can see people and anticipate how they will move, letting R1 make intelligent decisions about how to get the smoothest, most cinematic footage in real-time.

13 camera’s

The Skydio Autonomy Engine sees the world through R1’s 13 cameras, giving it the ability to map and understand the world in real-time, allowing it to be fully autonomous and independently capture footage that once required a Hollywood film crew.

Powered by NVIDIA Jetson, a powerful AI supercomputer, R1 is able to make intelligent decisions, plan real-time movements, and navigate complex environments.

Built for early adopters including athletes, adventurers, and creatives, R1 elevates users to the centre of their stories. The only tool you need to capture stunning 4K video with R1 is Skydio’s mobile app. Take off, set it to follow you, and show the world what you can do. If you can operate the camera app on your phone, you can control R1.

Pricing & Availability

Skydio’s R1 is available now for athletes, adventurers, and creators alike at in the USA and Canada for $2499 USD.

Initial availability of R1 will be in the limited Frontier Edition, assembled at Skydio’s corporate headquarters in Redwood City, CA – order your R1 today at

Skydio R1: The Self-Flying Camera – video

Skydio R1 knows what to film and moves itself with the freedom of flight to get the best shot, letting you capture otherwise impossible videos of your adventures.

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Hayco Volkers
Hayco Volkers
I have practiced a multitude of sports since my youth to the present. My first sports as a child were judo and athletics. Cycling, hiking, mountain biking, kyokushin karate, diving, baseball, golf and windsurfing, rowing and krav maga were added later.

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