I’ve been waiting for technology like this for a long time. Finally I have a craft that can follow me on my skiing, biking, hiking and whatever-ing adventures, and capture 4K video. Say hello to the Skydio 2.
Skydio 2 is not quite like other drones from DJI, Autel, Parrot, or Yuneeq. This drone is specifically build as a follow-me drone for action sports. Though a hand controller with sticks is available, most who use it for chase videos use the Skydio 2 app for their mobile device, or even better, the “beacon.”
Skydio 2 and accessories
In the photo above you can see the Skydio 2, the controller, the beacon (left of center), a couple of batteries, the dual battery charger, SD card, some extra propellers, and the semi-hard case the drone comes with. My setup is the sports package.
With the beacon the user can control the drone easily and the drone will follow the beacon while simultaneously avoiding obstacles. Check out my first test video:
Now imagine mountain biking, skiing, boating… This is going to be fun. I do understand the drone can’t perfectly avoid everything. If there are bare tree branches or power lines or any thin obstacles like that the craft may hit them. So I’ll have to fly accordingly.