A new start-up called Skydio is apparently aimed at making autonomous drone technology a little more user-friendly and somewhat foolproof. Thanks to the use of a drone's camera, Skydio will convert the 2D image captured through the lens and convert it into a 3D map of all surrounding obstacles. It then uses this map to safely navigate its way around, said to also be used in 'Follow Me' situations - meaning the drone can fixate on a target and follow wherever it goes.
What's even cooler is you can use Skydio's technology with your smartphone, using it as some sort of pointer remote. You can simply move your phone up, down, left or right and the drone will follow your hand gestures.
This prototype has come around after $3 million in funding by Andreesen Horowitz and Access Partners and is said to be still in constant development. This advancement in technology is just plain awesome, I can't wait to see something like this hit mainstream production for use by the general consumer - let alone how well this can help our search and rescue, crisis support teams and more.