Skydio's R1 Self-Flying 4K Camera Smart Drone has finally arrived at Amazon
No piloting skills? No problem.
We're big fans of drones which new pilots can learn to fly easily, but Skydio's R1 smart drone (opens in new tab) takes the game to a whole new level. This recently-released "self-driving camera" has been available since February at Skydio's website and select Apple retail stores, but today marks the first time it's landed at Amazon for purchase (opens in new tab).
Using an Apple Watch, iPhone or Android device, you can choose a person or vehicle for the camera to begin tracking. Once enabled, the drone will follow the subject around with its on-board camera, taking 4K shots all on its own. You won't need to be a pro pilot, and you won't need a separate controller either. The R1 dodges obstacles on its own and even anticipates where the subject will move next so it can capture the best shot.
If you're ready to add this awesome piece of gear to your photography toolkit, you can now purchase it via Amazon (opens in new tab) for its regular price of $1,999. You can learn more about its capabilities in iMore's recent write-up regarding its new Apple Watch (opens in new tab) support.
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Alex is a recent graduate from the University of North Florida with a background in sales and merchandising. When he’s not hunting down the next great deals to post on Thrifter, he can be found posting music on his Soundcloud page and working on his eBay business.
I strongly suggest to see their video about the actual deep learning based tech the drone uses to plot its course, it's super interesting: https://youtu.be/Gh5pAT1o2V8
Thanks for the heads-up.
I can how this could be used by adventurers to take great videos of themselves, but I worry what will happen if the paparazzi get their hands on one.
All the big stars are dead. Highly doubt paparazzi has their eyes on anyone.
What a time to be alive.
And then all you have to do is mount a 2watt laser to the camera....