Posted By Simon Montford on May 21, 2015
Lily claims to be the world's first "throw-and-shoot camera" drone, however, I'm pretty sure I have already seen other similar products that can fly autonomously, if thrown in the air. Take Nixie for example. If you look at this Youtube video (2:56 /4:31), you will see one of the company's co-founders demonstrate this feature at CES back in January. Other "selfie drones" worth checking out are Zano, Air Dog, and Hexo+.
Lily is a waterproof, ultra-portable device that, according to its creators Lily Robotics, is capable of shooting "stunning" HD pictures and videos. It is controlled via a circular tracker that can be worn on the wrist, and it will follow you where ever you go, filming or taking pictures on command.
The quality of the on-board camera is apparently similar to a GoPro Hero3 (1080p), and it can also take 12 megapixel stills while travelling at up to 25mph. Battery lasts around 20 mins and Lily can reach an altitude of 100 feet.
Some of the more obvious applications, include snow and water skiing, rock climbing, mountain climbing, and mountain biking.
At a RRP of $999 (£637) it is clearly aimed at wealthy enthusiasts and professional athletes, however, if you compare it to the cost of a high-end DSLR plus selfie stick the price point, although expensive, isn't crazy. Lily can be pre-ordered for $499 (£318) directly from the company's website: www.lily.camera and the estimated shipping date is Feb 2016.
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