Here is something that will make you feel like the protagonist of a spy action thriller. The drone company Skydio allows you to control its powerful R1 selfie drone using your Apple Watch. Now, I know what you are thinking – the Skydio R1 itself can fly on its own as mentioned in the previous article. Would a watch controller actually be necessary?
Skydio R1 Apple Phone App
For those wanting to leave your phone (its designated controller) at home, this can be a great option. You wear watches all the time; take it with you on trips with no hassle. They strap into your wrist and you can forget they exist until you need them. That is the advantage of having the Skydio app on your watch. You do not have to deal with the extra luggage space needed for a phone. This can be especially useful if you need both hands for activities, such as boating and mountain climbing. Alternatively, you it can be useful for those who do not want to bring their phones around a lot. This can be true for runners who want to get footage without having to hold their phones the entire time.
The app can give you control over a ton of the drone’s capabilities. For basics, you can launch the drone and order it to land with your watch – using one motion of a finger. You can also choose between different camera modes to suit your needs.
At the end of the day, the main selling point here is convenience. Not having to hold your phone or keep it in your pocket while doing activities can be very liberating. Having only a watch to control it can give you a ton of freedom you normally cannot have with other drones. The R1 itself is a great and user-friendly drone that can act independently without a ton of micromanaging. The watch app takes this idea further into the stratosphere and gives you a ton of freedom – if you can afford the watch.