Lily Camera: A Drone that Flies on its Own
Lily is different from other cameras; it is also different from other drones. Lily is a camera that just flies by itself. It has been developed to be used by sports enthusiasts like skateboarders, snowboarders, and the like.
The camera lets the user capture all their best stunts and moves without needing someone else to pilot it. To use Lily Camera, you just turn it on and then connect it to a separate controller worn on the wrist; the controller acts as a tracker. You set the drone to fly by pressing the Take Off button on the controller. You can as well toss it into the air to have it automatically start hovering.
The goodness of Lily Camera is that it follows you around. Whether you try to trick it by running in a zigzag pattern, it will always keep up with you. If you don’t want the camera to follow you, you can stay stationary and have it hover as it records.
The device captures video via a front-mounted 12 MP camera. The video is also steamed on your smartphone so you can also see what the camera ‘sees’. The drone has a very impressive stabilization mechanism. Even in a relatively strong wind, the video with still be of good quality.
Since it is not easy to capture ground-level audio from the drone, the makers of Lily Camera addressed the issue by making the tracker record the audio. The most interesting feature of Lily Camera is how it lands. The drone will automatically fly to you when you press the Land button on the Lily tracker. You can then reach out to it and gently tap its underside, and it will instantly power down.
Lily can operate within a radius of 10 to 30 feet from its tracking device and can reach speeds of up to 25mph. Meaning that even if you are a fast skater, Lily Camera will not have trouble keeping up with you. The camera automatically detects when it goes far away from the tracker. It will enter into a hover mode until it reconnects with the tracker.
The device offers a long battery life. It lasts up to 20 minutes in the air and will land itself if you try to run down its battery. The camera is available to pre-order at www.lily.camera for $499. The device officially ships in February 2016 at a retail price of $999.