Several years ago, when you talk about drones you’re most probably referring to UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles that are used in the military. Nowadays, drones are very common and are flown by regular people as a hobby or sometimes used for work to perform certain tasks like taking aerial photos and videos. You can purchase ready-made drones or even make one yourself with the help of DUI kits and tutorials available on the Internet.
A regular consumer-grade drone requires a remote control for navigation purposes as well as a place to take-off and land. Lily, a recently developed camera drone requires none of those things. The Lily Camera Drone is a self-flying and navigating, waterproof camera drone. Check out the video below to see it in action.
The Lily Camera Drone requires no setup. Just turn it on and throw it into the air and it’ll do everything – navigating, taking videos & photos by itself. It doesn’t require a controller and focuses on your activity while it flies. So how does it do it? The answer is a tracker or tracking device. The user simply keeps the tracker in the pocket or in the wrist using a custom wrist strap case. Once the Lily is turned on and in flight, it will follow the tracker wherever it goes.
The tracker and companion app can be configured or tweaked based on your preference however, it doesn’t require the user to know anything to use it. Lily is already pre-programmed and does most of the stuff by itself. Based on the video we saw earlier, the video and photo quality captured by the Lily Camera Drone is excellent and is close to the type of quality that the GoPro has.
This type of device is ideal for extreme sports aficionados who can use Lily to capture videos & photos while they are snowboarding, skydiving, surfing, skateboarding, etc. like it was shown in the video. However, it can also be used by drone hobbyists or filmmakers. It could also be used for other purposes such as capturing sports games, keeping an eye on a child or pet playing in the backyard and other outdoor activities. I’m sure some people will find other ways to use for this type of device. It’s just a matter of creativity and ingenuity.
Important things to take note about using this device is that the air time is only 20 minutes so make sure you keep track of your usage time. Also, the Lily doesn’t have any obstacle avoidance capabilities so it is best used for outdoor activities and the ideal situation would be little to no obstacles in the area. However, the user can make Lily stop or hold it’s position (while continuing filming) before it hits an obstacle like a tree or building by pressing the middle button on the tracker.
Right now, the Lily Camera Drone can be pre-ordered for $499 which is about half of the price of what it would cost at retail, which is $999.
Pre-order or learn more about the Lily Camera Drone from the official Lily website.
What do you guys think of Lily, the self-flying and waterproof Camera Drone? Would you be interested to get one? If so, what will you use it for? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.