If you are a “selfie-holic” and love to collect your own photos at all possible locations and situations, this gadget will bring a smile to your face. Meet Lily Camera, the flying camera which automatically captures videos and shots for you as you go on an adventurous trail. All you need to do is just throw it in the air and it will follow you and capture videos. With four rotors and a dome body, though it looks like a drone, Antonie Balaresque, CEO of Lily Camera insists that it is not a drone but a flying camera. The device is not designed for flying but focuses on the subject.
The Flying Camera
The Lily Camera was developed by Antoine Balaresque and Henry Bradlow. The device follows you with a small GPS tracker that you have to carry with you. You can either wear the tracker on your wrist or carry it in your pocket. With computer vision technology, the device recognizes its owner and using algorithms it can perfectly frame you within a scene.
Audio is also recorded which syncs with your video. This is one quality which you cannot find in other drones as rotors mask the sound.
Bradlow said “Cameras right now are limited by the skill of the human operator. Most of the time that means non-professionals getting less than ideal shots. With a flying camera, you can get amazing shots and angles regardless of who is using it.” For instance, when the device senses that you are about to jump, sensor data from tracker can automatically activate a burst mode or slow mode. It then captures stills in 12 megapixels and shoots in 1080p at 60 FPS.
Update: You can now pre-order your Lily Camera for $599 with a May 2016 shipping date. Thank you for all of the support!
— Lily (@lily) June 16, 2015
The Hardware in Use
The Lily Camera has a polycarbonate hull which keeps the device from a hard crash. The camera is provided additional protection as it is internal and not installed on an exterior gimbal. It is waterproof, which means you can take it with you while you are kayaking or surfing. Drop it off your kayak’s side and or next to your surfboard. Wait for it to launch, and then it will follow and shoot you. However, the battery life is only for 20 minutes and you have to charge the entire unit.
The device will be shipped later this year and will feature a 720p, 120 FPS camera and another 1080p, 60 FPS camera, both of which will follow you. You can pre-order it now for $599, but it will cost you $899, once it releases commercially.
Are you going to buy the Lily Camera? Will you pre-order it now or wait for later? We would love to hear your thoughts.