When it comes to technology, the drone industry is perhaps one of the quickest-moving in the market. With technology always advancing, we are finding new ways to introduce it into our lives and flying drones are starting to play a huge part of that. For example, we are finding even better quality cameras, new ways to control drones, and now, drones that don’t even need controls. As crazy as that sounds, we are all now anxiously awaiting the release of the Lily Camera which promises to follow its user without being controlled.
Firstly, let’s look at the basics; the Lily Camera is attempting to enter a new market with its ‘throw and shoot’ capabilities. Using a combination of GPS and computer vision, the device will follow the user around. Furthermore, it is said to be waterproof, capable of shooting HD quality images and videos, and compact. A device of this type offers obvious benefits in that the user will be free to do whatever they want free from controls; this makes it a great drone for something like sports where you can record your performance and then analyse it afterwards. For example, a sprinter could have the Lily Camera following them before then watching it back when finished.
The manufacturer seems to be focusing on its size as it comes in at 8cm high and 26cm long; in addition to this, it weighs just over 1kg. All that is needed is a small wrist strap in order for the device to follow, once it is thrown in the air the motor will kick in and keep it afloat. The device that is strapped to the user will let the Lily Camera know the exact position, speed, and distance of the wearer to pick up the perfect shot.
When it comes to the drone camera, the device is equipped with the 12-megapixel Sony sensor that can be found in a number of other devices such as the Ion Air Pro 3 and the GoPro Hero3. As a whole, it is a high-quality camera and can record 1080p at 60fps or 720p at 120fps. Internal storage has a limit of around 4GB and if this isn’t enough, it has a slot for a microSD card. The drone does have its limitations in that the battery is specially made and therefore cannot be replaced, the charge only lasts for 20 minutes before requiring a 2-hour recharge, and it doesn’t have any mechanism to avoid obstacles meaning that it needs to be used in the open. However, it does seem to be a step in the right direction for sure.
If you are interested in this flying camera drone, the manufacturers are still taking pre-orders and the release date shouldn’t be too far from now, but we’ll keep you updated. It is quite expensive at around $999 but you will be investing in a new wave of drone technology. Will the Lily Camera water proof drone take off or will it be a step too far? Only time will tell but we will all have fun testing it out!