Published By : 14 Feb 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
A startup Skydio founded by researchers from MIT are ready to unveil their latest product, a self-flying drone called R1. This project has received extensive support from Silicon Valley’s prominent investors. The four-year old startup is ready to show what it has been building since many years.
From Flying to Following – Evolution in Drones
Skydio’s drone called R1, has a self-flying ability, which means that it can latch-on to a specified individual, and follow him/her. While doing this, the drone also has the ability to shoot videos and surprisingly avoid obstacles. Presence of obstacles just doesn’t mean a solitary tree or two; rather the drone is being tested in dense forests and even in urban environments to see if the obstacle avoidance holds true in such environments. Every aspect related to the drone’s navigation is being tested while it avoids obstacles while flying.
As per the tests, the drone is highly accurate when it comes to handling both navigation as well as obstacle avoidance at the same time. The drone has 13 cameras fitted on its rim, in the form of guides. Testers can also open an app wherein the drone’s viewpoint through the 4K 30fps cameras is visible. A tester can tap himself on even any individual present in a group on the display. In this way, the drone would identify who has been tapped, gauge the characteristics of the individual such as shape, size, color, and overall appearance, followed by action of following that individual.
There are several applications where this drone can be used. A primary idea involves the drone to follow a person who would ski down a mountain. During this activity, the drone would track the person in a 4K footage. The machine has been designed to have a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour, while keeping its autonomous bearings stable. It has a battery life of 16 minutes on a single charge. About 64GB memory has been imparted to the drone on its memory board.