Skydio introduces R1, the 'world's first fully autonomous flying camera'



A California-based company called Skydio has announced the availability of its first product, R1, which is a fully autonomous flying camera. Skydio says that with the introduction of R1, it is “taking a step toward the future of autonomous drones and enabling a new type of visual storytelling.”

According to Skydio, a team of world-class researchers and engineers built R1 from the ground up for autonomous flight. The fully autonomous flying camera is powered by the Skydio Autonomy Engine, which allows it to “see and understand” the world around it, so that it can fly safely at high speeds while avoiding obstacles, even in dense and challenging environments.

R1 can see people and anticipate how they will move, which allows it to make intelligent decisions about how to get the “smoothest, most cinematic footage” in real-time.

“The promise of the self-flying camera has captured people’s imaginations, but today’s drones still need to be flown manually for them to be useful,” says Adam Bry, CEO and co-founder of Skydio.

“We’ve spent the last four years solving the hard problems in robotics and AI necessary to make fully autonomous flight possible. We’re incredibly excited about the creative possibilities with R1, and we also believe that this technology will enable many of the most valuable drone applications for consumers and businesses over the coming years.”

Skydio says that R1 is built for early-adopters including athletes, adventurers, and creatives, adding that it “elevates users to the center of their stories.”

​In order to capture 4K video with R1, all a user needs is Skydio’s mobile app. Once R1 takes off, a user just has to set it to follow them. Skydio says that “if you can operate the camera app on your phone, you can control R1.”

R1 is currently available in the U.S. and Canada for $2499 USD.