The Lily Drone

A drone [drohn] could be a stingless, male honey bee; a person of parasitic nature who lives off the labour of others, or, an unmanned aircraft or ship that is guided remotely.

I like the last one best. And I like it even more now that the low-cost Lily camera drone is here which allows users to simply throw it in the air and have it follow them around filming the action and recording the sound of whatever the user is up to.

So forget about complicated programming of flight paths or the 70’s style of having to twiddle with a joy-stick – the Lily camera drone is more of a stalker.

To use the Lily users simply turn it on and throw it up into the air. The company’s video clips show it flipping and tumbling momentarily before suddenly righting itself and hovering in place – and if you’re reading this then you should definitely watch the promo clips! It’s an impressive feat of mid-air stabilization.

While many consumer drones now offer the ability to take off and land with the push of a button and promise that the drone can return home to you with just a tap, the Lily takes all those capabilities one step further as this cool gadget can finish a flight without having to find a flat surface making it a stand-out in the field of camera drones currently available on the market.

The Lily has a got a new angle on just about everything that personal drone models have failed to deliver to date. To follow its subject, it relies on a small GPS tracker that the user carries in their pocket or wears on their wrist. By incorporating computer vision technology, the Lily can recognize the owner and use algorithms to frame them within a scene – no more action footage with your head out of the picture frame! What’s more, the tracking device that is held by the user also records audio that syncs with the video, something no other drone offers as the rotors would typically drown out sound.

In terms of hardware, the Lily was built to mimic the attributes of an action camera, with a polycarbonate hull that can withstand a hard crash. For extra protection, the camera is internal, not mounted on an exterior frame like other drones. The Lily is rated as waterproof to IP67 and the thinking behind this approach is that you can drop it off the side of your kayak or let it float next to your surfboard while you wait for the moment to have it launch, follow, and film you in 1080p at 60 frames per second and with 12 megapixel photo capture. Awesome!

Right now the pre-order price for the Lily is around $500 with delivery due in February 2016.

For anyone who is in the market for an easy way to capture action, scenery, events or people, the Lily drone has got to be the standout candidate.

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