This drone will change how you take photos and even how you film yourself.
All you have to do is throw in into the air, and it’s ready.
It is waterproof, and can fit in a small backpack.
The drone is called Lily, and it’s the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera. It all started in the basement of a U.C. Berkeley robotics lab. Henry Bradlow, CTO and Co-Founder, and Antoine Balaresque, CEO and also a Co-Founder, built the first prototype using a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino.
The Lily Camera:
On the Lily webpage, Balaresque writes: “Every now and then a technology comes along that changes the status quo. Forty years ago, the integrated circuit enabled personal computers. Twenty years ago, the Internet enabled digital communications. Recent advances in personal robotics are enabling the creation of flying cameras. Our team of leading robotics and camera experts has been hard at work creating a truly revolutionary product”.
Lily follows a small tracker, which you can have on yourself, or you can place it wherever you what the drone to follow. With a tap on the tracker, Lily can perform a number of set commands while staying focused on you.
Lily says the camera has been robustly engineered for tough aerial and water environments, and is built for outdoor action sports enthusiasts or for anyone who just wants a simple, fun way to record and share their everyday activities. Leveraging advanced computing algorithms and GPS, the Lily Camera intelligently tracks its owner. With autonomous flight, Lily expands creative shooting opportunities well beyond handheld and action cameras with a single point-of-view, said technology tell.
“Point-and-shoot devices, action cameras, camcorders, and DSLRs have served us well on the ground and attached to drones, but we’ve always wanted a richer, more contextual point-of-view,” said Balaresque. “Lily automatically creates exciting close range photos and wide, cinematic shots previously reserved for professional filmmakers.”
The camera inside, Bradlow says, is roughly equivalent to the GoPro Hero 3: It can shoot 1080p video, or 720p up to 120 frames per second—there’s some tech inside that will detect when you hit a jump while snowboarding and automatically kick the camera into slow-mo. It’ll also shoot 12-megapixel stills and it can make a cool 360-degree panorama. It can fly 25 miles per hour, is totally waterproof, lasts up to 20 minutes on a charge, and has range up to 100 feet, wrote Wired.
I can already see government bodies around the world rolling their eyes and thinking of ways to stop the use of this drone.
The only thing that I would have concerns about is the fact that you have no real control over it, apart from taking off and landing.