This is me trying to outrun the skydio R2 drone.
It has the ability to follow and film you while dodging trees or anything else in it's way the R2 replaces last year's R1 cost $2500, [UNKNOWN] Only with your phone The company says the R2 is faster, smarter, works with two new remote controls, and best of all, costs only $1000.
The drone folds down, so it'll fit into a backpack.
Along with its 4K video camera, it's got six bulging cameras that the drone uses to create a 3D map of its surroundings.
It'll fly 23 minutes on one battery charge, up from 16 minutes for the R1.
But extra batteries cost each about 100 bucks.
You can still fly the R2 with just a phone but the hundred $50 beacon makes it easier.
The drone and the beacon both use GPS so the drone can follow your location even if you're hidden behind trees.
You can press buttons on the front of the beacon to tell the drone to fly in front of you, behind you, one side or the other.
I had no trouble setting it to follow me around a field and through a bunch of trees.
The coolest thing about the beacons a point and click method to control the drone, you point the beacon at the drone, hold down a button, point the beacon where you want the drone to go, and then release the button.
The drone then just flies to the new spot.
It's easy and intuitive.
I also tried a more traditional control of two joystick to command the drone more precisely.
It comes with more of a learning curve than a bicken but a couple of things make it easier than some remote controllers I've used.
First, your phone mounts into the controller and shows your drones eye view, so you can tell where it's going Second, the drone handles all the hard work of avoiding collisions.
I flew straight toward a forest and a handball court wall and the drone just sidestep the obstacles.
Both controllers extend the skydio is range with just your phone, the drone has to be within about 100 yards.
With the beacon you can be about a mile away with the joystick controller.
You can still control the drone when it's about two miles away.
I don't have a lot of experience with remote control piloting, but I had no trouble directing the R2.
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