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Vector with Rene Ritchie


Oct 17, 2018

Drones are good. Drones are great. Drones are fantastic. But they have one huge problem:

Humans. Humans that crash their drones so goddam always. Especially on YouTube.

Now, if only there was a way around that. A way to get all the good, great, and fantastic without having to worry about humans getting in the way.

Well, now there is. And all you need is a Skydio R1, an Apple Watch, and a dream.

The Skydio R1 , which the company refers to as a self-driving camera, isn’t new. It’s been available since February. What’s new is the Apple Watch app that lets you guide it from your wrist.

I said guide rather than control because the whole point of the Skydio R1 is to let the AI — the artificial intelligence — do the flying. You don’t tell it to go up or down, left or right, pitch or yaw, you just tell it to lead, follow, orbit, boomerang, and the like, and the AI figures out the details.

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