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According to IEEE Spectrum Robotics (This article and its images were originally posted on IEEE Spectrum Robotics September 6, 2018 at 09:26AM.)
Skydio blew our minds when they announced the R1 back in February—it’s by far the smartest, most autonomous consumer camera drone we’ve ever seen. The company promised that they’d keep on making the R1 even more capable, and today they’re announcing a slew of upgrades, including a new software development kit (SDK) that lets you leverage the R1’s obstacle-dodging cleverness in any custom application you can dream up.
The Skydio R1 is amazing, and you should read our February article about it, but the nutshell is that it’s a drone that uses an array of 12 cameras to dynamically detect and avoid obstacles while it tracks you and films what you’re doing. This means that it can follow someone riding a mountain bike through a forest, dodging trees and branches and keeping them in frame the whole time. It’s basically the kind of capability that every single company working on drone delivery has implicitly promised and so far failed to deliver, and now you can spend some cash (okay, kind of a lot of cash) and play with it yourself.
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