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  • - Nobody is flying this drone.

  • There's no human at the controls.

  • This flying camera can follow me

  • without crashing into trees or obstacles all by itself.

  • It maps out the world using a set of cameras,

  • it predicts where I'll go,

  • and it keeps me in the shot.

  • It's called the Skydio 2,

  • and it's one of the most amazing gadgets

  • I've ever flown?

  • (electronic music)

  • Last year I got the chance to play with its predecessor,

  • the Skydio R1,

  • which could also follow me through a park

  • without crashing into trees.

  • I wanted it so badly.

  • But the actual product just didn't make any sense to buy.

  • It was big.

  • I couldn't fit it in my backpack.

  • I couldn't really fly it like a normal drone

  • because it didn't have a controller,

  • and it cost $2,000 on sale.

  • But today, Skydio is launching a second,

  • more consumer-friendly model, the Skydio 2.

  • The Skydio 2 does fit into a backpack,

  • and at $1,000 without a controller,

  • it's going head to head with DJI's Mavic Drones in price.

  • Only it does have an optional controller,

  • one that lets you take the Skydio out to three kilometers

  • instead of being tied to your phone's WiFi,

  • and one that Skydio says a three year old

  • could learn to fly.

  • Here's how easy.

  • I'm just pushing forward on the right analog stick,

  • and it's dodging these trees by itself.

  • You can do the same thing backwards too,

  • since it's got omni-directional sensing.

  • But I'd be lying if I said this

  • rebranded $150 Parrot Anafi controller

  • is the thing that excites me about this drone.

  • Or even the 40% battery life increased to 23 minutes,

  • or the 50% decrease in size and weight.

  • It's that Skydio's second gen flying system

  • is even more impressive

  • than the one that blew me away last year.

  • While the Skydio 2 only has six cameras

  • to the R1's original 12,

  • they're no longer the low-res black and white affair

  • that couldn't see tiny tree branches reliably.

  • They're 4K, full color,

  • with a 200 degree field of view.

  • Skydio says that's enough angular resolution

  • and processing power to see smaller obstacles

  • from far enough away to fly

  • fully autonomous at 36 miles per.

  • And if you're mostly looking for a drone that flies itself,

  • the company has another intriguing optional controller

  • you'll be able to buy.

  • This is an Airwalk that lets me just point it

  • where I'd like the drone to go,

  • or tap a few buttons to set its course.

  • But it also doubles as a GPS beacon,

  • so the Skydio can automatically hunt you down,

  • even if its cameras lose track of where you're going.

  • Even in my brief demo,

  • it was clear the navigation system has been improved.

  • Watch this.

  • The original Skydio R1

  • would've totally gotten stuck behind this fence.

  • And I saw the Skydio 2 whip around

  • to keep me in the shot

  • in ways the original wouldn't have dared to attempt.

  • Here's a mind-blowing video

  • of what the drone actually sees according to Skydio.

  • The company claims the camera system's intelligent enough

  • you can fly it indoors, too.

  • Of course, none of this matters if the drone

  • doesn't capture photos and videos worth sharing,

  • and it seems Skydio's improved there, too.

  • You're looking at a 12.3 megapixels Sony sensor at F2.8,

  • that shoots 4K video up to 60 frames per second

  • at up to 100 megabits per second,

  • or 120 FPS at 1080p if you want to try some basic slum.

  • It's a little bit choppy here in low lighting

  • without an ND filter.

  • But we can already see greatly improved dynamic range.

  • And Skydio says it'll have

  • third party snap on magnetic filters post launch,

  • if that's what's keeping you away.

  • It also helps that Skydio 2 has a three axis

  • gimbal for stabilization this time,

  • one that can also point fully upwards.

  • You know, in case some industrial warehouse wants a drone

  • that can inspect a vehicle's undercarriage.

  • That could happen, by the way.

  • While the consumer version of Skydio 2

  • is programmed to keep a one meter protective bubble

  • around itself at all times,

  • they're letting partners bring that down to 50 centimeters

  • to slowly squeeze into human sized spaces.

  • And the company says it'll be

  • announcing some partnerships down the road.

  • But here's something else fascinating about Skydio.

  • These drones aren't coming out of a Chinese factory.

  • They're all made right here in Redwood City, California,

  • where former Apple and Tesla engineers

  • are stress testing every piece of this drone.

  • Co-founder Adam Bry says

  • every single Skydio R1 was built and shipped right here

  • on this miniature assembly line,

  • and the Skydio 2 will be the same to start.

  • Here's where they put thermal compound

  • on the magnesium alloy frame,

  • which acts as a giant heat sink for all the chips.

  • Here's the industrial robot arm

  • that tests all the drone's cameras.

  • Bry says every single drone will

  • run the gauntlet before it ships.

  • What we're seeing here is impressive,

  • both for what this drone is capable of,

  • and that they're able to build it right here.

  • But it also makes me a tad skeptical.

  • The Skydio 2 is trying to be the drone for everyone.

  • For people who'd never dream of flying a drone

  • 'cause they're afraid of crashing it,

  • for aerial cinematographers,

  • and yet it's just this tiny bay of stations

  • producing this craft for theoretically

  • everyone who'd want it.

  • So for now, you're gonna have to put some money down.

  • Skydio says these will be available in limited quantities,

  • and it's asking for $100 deposit on your pre order.

  • I'm impressed enough that I'm seriously thinking about it

  • if I were an early adopter

  • dying to show this off to my friends.

  • But I coulda said that about the $2500 Skydio R1 as well,

  • and I didn't actually end up buying that.

  • But that's me spending an hour with the Skydio 2 in a park.

  • We're gonna put this drone through its paces later this year

  • and tell you if it's really worth buying.

  • Thank you for watching our video with a flying robot.

  • If you liked that, check out our video

  • with a walking robot dog named spot.

  • Also, this is me falling off a scooter, good bye.

- Nobody is flying this drone.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/08
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