Last year, I played with one of the most amazing tools I have ever encountered: a drone flying alone, a drone that can follow me through a park without hitting trees, a drone e I can map the world with 12 different cameras and point me to where I want to go. That drone is $ 2,500 Skydio R1. But that particular example is selling to a product. Maybe, I thought, it would be up to DJI or Amazon to buy this little startup and integrate it into their drones. He believed in me that special drones were the things of the future, but I thought the years ahead were bright.
But according to Skydio, it has not arrived yet next month and the new Skydio 2.
Almost everything, Skydio 2 is the standout I wanted I played last year. The original is too large to fit into a regular bag; the new aircraft is 50 percent smaller, 50 percent lighter, 50% quieter, and lasts 23 minutes – 43 percent longer. With a dual camera not too far away, the original Skydio R1 is an individual camera that can’t fly and take beautiful photos and recordings like the average DJI. But the new Skydio 2 is not just great Sony 4K cameras to improve navigation, photos and video, but it does have it. Next article There are different remote locations for you to choose from, allowing you to fly several miles from your home to connect to your phone.
You can fly on true faith with joyful rides at this time of up to 36 miles per hour, with Skydio being the second generation of special vehicle that promises that the drone will not hit anything you.
According to Skydio, this is the first plane I can confidently send to my three-year-old son, the manager, and I want to return that promise and promise: if you fall off the when you run into an insurance company. For Flight Guides (not at night, not in fog, rain, or strong winds, etc.), adjust or replace your drone for free.
And here’s the price: At $ 999 and without the need for a controller, the Skydio 2 costs less than half the price of the original, more than competing with DJI Mavic drones fans , if any. now the Prevention of rates is valid. In short, Skydio will not launch any brand of project published; This may be the first airline you may want to buy.
In a simple conference room on the second floor of the Skydio offices in Redwood City, California, co-founder Adam Bry says Symbol building a commercial drone has been the plan from the start. “We’re thinking about the R1 as a standout for the Tesla Roadster,” says Bry, referring to a Tesla Customer who started by building. a small version for 2,500 electric sports cars To prove his point, it was years before the Model S was launched in 2012. Bry did not say how many original Skydio R1s his company had sold to the 80-employee company, but it may still be small. As he shows us, all Skydio drones that are manually installed will also be tested in Redwood City.
The entrance to Skydio and its conference room are just a sight: Bry opens a door across the hall and we enter a two-story space packed with Skydio groups in one area or another. or test section. At one point, hand-held drones and cameras turned to search the territory of their new three-axis. Elsewhere, the hotel is located on an Ikea machine table, many of which are covered by large television (which costs more than inspectors, according to Bry) to help companies AI coders to see. .
In one corner, there are quick test cameras to see if drones can survive in hot or cold places. And that’s just the office; The two gates on the way are Skydio’s true ‘factory’, a small computer assembly line with six drone production stations and automated testing facilities, including a corporate robot arm that turns the Skydio 2 small-scale alongside corner types to show that its cameras work with large-sized rooms, where drones fly in true flight and flight experiences. “We’ll test all the drivers and leave,” Bry says. “We want a high quality guarantee.”
There we see that Skydio 2 has become more realistic due to less work to build. Previously, the company had installed a number of connected circuits to a large standard (for each noise standard) three-stage boiler with its own heat and boiler. That is one of the reasons why Skydio is so popular from the R1 framework.
Now Bry is proud to hold a floor plan with all the chips in one side and explain how the Skydio 2 blue magnesium alloy frame works as a hot sink to cool at the same time. The Skydio 2 has only six navigation cameras so far, instead of 12, with its 4K color controllers and 200 markers, it will watch the latest news (45 megapixels, before 3 megapixels) instead. requires a camera-mounted boiler guard. It doesn’t sway like a Mavic – Skydio claims to have powerful guns so the cameras can control the ship properly – but a hidden three-camera camera to make it work. Magnetic battery charger doubles as a port of call, it looks stylish.
An hour later, at a nearby park, I was flying for Skydio 2 for the first time – but, the plane was flying with me as a second pilot. I’m using a remote control, but it’s clear who’s in charge: every time I let the Skydio 2 sink into a tree, the ship stays alone. I will try again to hit and throw in nearby leases – I hope – the small branches that can win the original Skydio R1 can be delivered to its place. (Also, I crashed a Skydio R1 at the same time.) No luck. Dive into the Skydio 2 below to find your way. That’s the big difference between Skydio and, say, DJI of crash prevention – when you drive a Mavic into an accident it just stops.
To my surprise, I wasn’t sure I really liked the look of the manager. For one thing, Skydio will not hide from you that it is a new generation of Parrot Anafi parks, it looks small and comfortable compared to the rest of the drones, even though the controller costs $ 150. The special power of Skydio seemed to be much higher than that, on my first test, I did not stretch the needle between the sticks, I did not have trouble connecting with other drivers. It is not clear if the certificate is different, but you cannot change it separately even if you are comfortable with it. According to Bry, security is a priority, he – and some of the enterprise systems can be turned into an ‘attack mode’ to take Skydio to the next level, as it was designed to keep prevent bubble measures. at all times.
But when I finished the electric bike ride with the $ 150 Skydio Faro in the remote panel in my bag, my big video started.
Light is a remote control, which helps Skydio 2 do the right things: go about its business, and the camera runs along with all your movements. The wind turbine uses a 3-axis motion indicator so you can just wave the way you want the Skydio 2 to go. It has a button to push itself faster, the or pay for certain types when your phone is not in use. But the best thing is the built-in GPS detector so that Skydio can detect you, even though you may lose your camera for a while. That was a problem with the Skydio R1, but I was able to test my short presentation.
I was able to get out of the Skydio 2 strand from behind the chain-link fence, he was able to find his way out and came up to me after I watched my car. With a range of 1.5 kilometers, Bry said, the lighthouse can allow the Skydio to perform certain tasks such as a movie going through a long trail that goes to the other side.
A city of things we could not test in an hour on the ground, right, and I think if Skydio could apply for a $ 1,000 drone test accident if it issued all the promises in we hear it. during our trip. For example, the company claims that its new Sony 12.3-megapixel 1 / 2.3-inch camera with 20mm equivalent f / 2.8 lens can capture 100Mbps for 4K video or better than the competition . There will be more tests to try. You can check out our video clip for some sample samples that have not yet been released, though.
In the meantime, early adopters can choose whether to wait for a review or reserve a space online. The company is waiting for you to make less money, so you have to make some money. Skydio te take pre-orders starting today, Oct. 1, for a $ 100 budget, with drones scheduled to launch in November first.
I am still looking forward to the details in the project, but I have a lot of experience right now.