What does it do?
Skydio 2 is our new second-generation autonomous drone combining artificial intelligence, computer vision, and advanced robotics. It was built from the ground up for fully autonomous flight based on visual sensing.
In a nutshell, Skydio 2 was designed to:
- Fly itself while intelligently motion tracking a subject (currently, that subject can be a person doing any activity, or a car).
- Capture amazing, cinematic 4K video at up to 60FPS and beautiful 12-megapixel photos (120FPS slo-mo is also available at HD resolutions).
- Execute a variety of cinematic Skills to give you expert creative control of your videos.
- Be flown with the optional Controller accessory for precise manual control.
- Follow you from nearly a mile away, even when it can’t see you, with the optional Beacon accessory.
- Not run into stuff while doing all of the above.
How does it do it?
Skydio 2 has been designed around the idea of trustworthy autonomy, based on understanding its environment the same way you do: visually. Skydio 2 uses the Skydio Autonomy Engine, which has been the focus of years of research and development at Skydio. The Skydio Autonomy Engine comprehends what’s happening around Skydio 2, predicts what will happen next, and makes intelligent decisions multiple times a second. It uses six 4K cameras to build a 3D map of its surroundings that includes trees, people, buildings and more. By understanding what you’re doing, what obstacles to avoid, and what will happen next, Skydio 2 keeps you framed in the action and lets you focus on your adventure(s).
Skydio 2 captures beautiful stabilized 4K video (using 3-axis stabilization and advanced imaging) and has a number of cinematic skills available. Skydio 2 is essentially like having your own flying camera crew, letting you go hands-free as it safely avoids obstacles while filming you.
How do I control it?
Skydio 2 is controlled via the Skydio app on your smartphone, or with accessories like Beacon and Controller.
Launching Skydio 2 is as simple as tapping a button on your phone. As soon as it’s in the air, Skydio 2 begins avoiding obstacles on its own, even through challenging environments like a forested trail. At that point, Skydio 2 is flying itself - no need to fuss with complicated flight controls. When it’s following you, Skydio 2 uses its advanced vision system to track you through 3D space.
Skydio 2 can be controlled through the use of the Skydio App, or with accessories such as the Beacon and the Controller.
The Skydio 2 app uses your smartphone’s WiFi to communicate with your Skydio 2 and provide you with a live stream of the scene it’s currently capturing. A simple, intuitive interface allows you to select from a library of unique cinematic skills to match your activity and the scene you’d like to capture. Skydio 2 can also use your phone GPS signal to reacquire you for tracking or just return to you if needed.
Skydio Beacon can be used in conjunction with the Skydio app or as a separate, independent device. When used with the app, Skydio 2 will not be limited by your phone’s WiFi range and will be able to use Beacon’s strong GPS signal to track its subject. Once paired with your Skydio 2, Beacon will allow you to launch, land, and access shortcuts to certain cinematic skills.
Skydio Controller provides advanced manual control over your Skydio 2, as well as greatly extended range of operation. If you’d rather pilot Skydio 2 yourself, yet still take full advantage of the built-in trustworthy autonomy, the Controller is what you’re looking for. Controller uses your mobile device as your FPV screen for Skydio 2, giving you precision movements and the ability to get the shot. All of Skydio 2’s obstacle avoidance is still present, even when you’re flying manually.
As soon as your Skydio 2 lands, you can create high-resolution clips of your flights (with synchronized audio recorded from your phone) that you can share. Or download your full-resolution video footage to your computer using the included USB-C cable for further edits.
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