The autonomous "selfie drone"

MIT News 

Skydio, a San Francisco-based startup founded by three MIT alumni, is commercializing an autonomous video-capturing drone -- dubbed by some as the "selfie drone" -- that tracks and films a subject, while freely navigating any environment. Called R1, the drone is equipped with 13 cameras that capture omnidirectional video. It launches and lands through an app -- or by itself. On the app, the R1 can also be preset to certain filming and flying conditions or be controlled manually. The concept for the R1 started taking shape almost a decade ago at MIT, where the co-founders -- Adam Bry SM '12, Abraham Bacharach PhD '12, and Matt Donahoe SM '11 -- first met and worked on advanced, prize-winning autonomous drones.