Who said the commercial guys are the only ones that could fly a drone in the air to capture photography. Now you can own a small one that can follow you around and take photos and videos of you autonomously. Lily, a quadropter drone, is a concept device that you throw into the air to start flying and hovering around you to capture what you’re doing. The device is perfect for when you’re snowboarding down a hill, diving off a clifftop or just wanting to capture your family’s celebration in the back garden.
As the brain child of several graduates from UC Berkeley’s robotic lab, Lily can film HD 1080p video at 60fps or 720p video at 120fps, as well as generating 12mp images, which are stored on a 4GB microSD card. Just to ensure that Lily knows where you are, a tracking device which can be worn strapped to your wrist, is connected to the Lily. On the account of losing the signal, the Lily will hover in place to try to locate you and it will land once it can’t.
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) runs out of battery after 20 minutes of flying time and will land immediately away from the user, and it can only fly a maximum height of 15m but at least 1.75m above you. While Lily’s technology is interesting, it is not the only personal photography drone that is available on the market. The current pre-order price is $799 and will gradually increase to its final retail price of $999.