Four-year-old autonomous drone startup Skydio has finally revealed their top secret product (and $42M in funding from a16z!). 😱
The Skydio R1
is an AI-powered autonomous drone that flies all on its own. It locks on to a subject (like yourself, going on a run) and follows along through trees and obstacles, without losing track.
Casey Neistat compared
the R1's autonomous features to market leader DJI (maker of the beloved DJI Spark
and Mavic Air
): "It would be a little bit like comparing a Ford Model T to a Lamborghini. This isn’t a small step up, it's a quantum leap in tracking and following technology."
Marc Andreessen tweeted
: "I'm temporarily breaking my Twitter break to highlight one of the most amazing tech breakthroughs I've ever seen, from Skydio." Watch the demo video
of the self-flying camera in action.
As hardware gets commoditized, it's the software that matters. The company went all-in with 13 cameras (instead of sensors) for tracking.
More low key about your #selfies? There's also now a mini selfie drone
that fits into your iPhone case. You're welcome. 🤗
We welcome our new robot overlords. If you're worried, you can now calculate the probability of a robot becoming your boss
anytime soon. 👀