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Hands-On with Skydio R1 Autonomous Drone!

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Hands-On with Skydio R1 Autonomous Drone!

We go hands-on with the Skydio R1, a camera-equipped drone that not only flies autonomously, but can actually track you and avoid almost any obstacle in its flight path. And from our first test, it actually works–we couldn’t get it to crash. Skydio CEO and co-founder Adam Bry walks us through the computer vision technology that makes the R1 work, and we share our impressions from the impressive test flight.

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Shot by Gunther Kirsch edited by Norman Chan

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Tested is:
Adam Savage
Norman Chan
Simone Giertz
Joey Fameli
Kishore Hari
Sean Charlesworth
Jeremy Williams
Ariel Waldman
Gunther Kirsch
Ryan Kiser

Set design by Danica Johnson

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  1. Abhishesh Bhatta

    February 28, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    GTA 7

  2. Dalton Merrill

    February 28, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    this is some terminator technology! HA.

  3. Rodney Trynor

    February 28, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    It's ED-E from Fallout New Vegas

  4. Will_You_Are

    February 28, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Next version to have longer battery life, be foldable, memory card slot, Uzi mount … bit cheaper. Perhaps different models for different price points.

  5. Tigran Ghukasyan

    February 28, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Can it see glass though?

  6. Asa Alagoas

    February 28, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    If to install a teaser, this drone can catch runaways! hahahaha

  7. Quadcopter Nerd

    March 1, 2018 at 12:43 am

    This drone looks pretty amazing! BUT the $2,500 price tag and lack of any real RC to control it makes me think its not going to "fly" in the market. My Mavic Air has obstacle avoidance that I DON'T trust (it hit a tree and fell into the sand and lost all four motors), but I am not sure I would be willing to pay 4X the price just to have a trustworthy follow me mode.

  8. Harold Brown

    March 1, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Image following a car around the Nurburgring.

  9. ZAP-U

    March 1, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Nice quad, terrible price point! Get this thing $1000 cheaper and DJI would be in serious trouble!

  10. Commander 235

    March 1, 2018 at 3:08 am

    So this skydio can follow you without a remote control?

  11. Swan Donovan

    March 1, 2018 at 3:19 am

    did i miss run time?

  12. Wedding Photographer

    March 1, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    $2500? good luck selling it to surfers, bikers, runners. $800 will be much more competitive!! dont end up selling it for $300 like lytro

  13. E. K.

    March 1, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Unbelievable nice drone…

  14. James Hapurona

    March 2, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Just needs gopro stuck on it

  15. James Hapurona

    March 2, 2018 at 1:31 am

    I’m impressed

  16. James Hapurona

    March 2, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Dji will either purchase this or bully it

  17. James Hapurona

    March 2, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Perfect drone they can’t get any better

  18. mjaminian

    March 2, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Great video. This is a breakthrough product, I wish them a lot of success.

  19. Darryl Giors

    March 3, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Dat price tho. Really nicely developed. Everything starts out a bit premium. The hardware will come down in price in time.

  20. carl johnson

    March 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    im sure google or some other big company will snap these guys up soon. These are the future of drones

  21. Yury Sid

    March 3, 2018 at 7:05 pm


  22. Darren Higgins

    March 3, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    This device is cool. I'd buy one in a heartbeat if the video footage was better…A LOT better. The bar is just so high right now for decent, color gradeable 4k footage from DJI and a few others. Even though the AI and tech is fantastic, the capture quality for this device this is a deal-breaker for those who need good footage for their projects.

  23. Pedro Santos

    March 4, 2018 at 1:42 am

    Awesome awesome awesome

  24. William Aubrey

    March 4, 2018 at 4:38 am

    This made me wanna start jogging which means I’m terribly conceited.

  25. SemperAugustusBubble

    March 7, 2018 at 3:43 am

    Skynet 1.0

  26. azalru

    March 7, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Half life 2 was ahead of its time.

  27. ucheucheuche

    March 7, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Level up every time you say quadcopter

  28. ucheucheuche

    March 7, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    24 blades system. Just wish it was foldable like modern UAVs.

  29. PSP92262

    March 8, 2018 at 2:46 am

    They need have this spokesperson in audio format only. Too distracting.

  30. michael wiggins

    March 11, 2018 at 4:04 am

    Wow I like that but I’m not really athletic do you think it be a good five guy like me

  31. The Legend

    March 11, 2018 at 10:19 am

    I'm going to save up for this, what an incredible awesome drone !!!!!!!
    It's a dream 😀

  32. Ted Johnson

    March 11, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    $50 off a mavic pro alpine whit here at dji limited time. Wanted to let all of the other drone pilots know. Here is the link. Copy and paste and share it before the deal is over.

  33. john mclaughlin

    March 11, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    skynet is coming

  34. Alex Stark

    March 13, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Alright DJI, your up.

  35. Eugene Zheng

    March 16, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Skynet drones are here

  36. Mavic Pilot

    March 18, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    That was a really great video and definitely interesting quad tech right there.

  37. phatparty

    March 18, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    The other day I was just saying there was tech that made drones follow you without any device on that person to track them like in the past. Thank you for having this brilliant inventor explain it! We are getting that much closer to AI as i also felt it followed you more like a dog or person would in its movements vs robotic movement.

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