Next-Generation Drones

Ex-MIT and Google X engineers, who now form the startup Skydio, are developing a way to keep drones from crashing. In a short online video, the team demonstrates a drone’s auto-pilot system that uses real-time 3D mapping of its surroundings to avoid collisions. A “magic wand” app also turns your iPhone into a controller, giving you the ability to direct the drone simply by pointing your phone. Skydio recently raised $3M to further develop its hardware in hopes of pitching the product to drone manufacturers.