Lily Camera Drone Does the Flying for You

May 13, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

The Lily drone seeks to carve its niche as the easy-to-use flying camera.
Rather than pilot the craft with a controller, Lily flies autonomously. You simply throw the 2.8 pound drone into the air and it will fly off, following its owner through a wristband tracker.  Either through an app or the waterproof wristband, Lily can be commanded to hover, follow, loop around or zoom in to a subject, all while recording videos and stills.
The Lily can cruise along between 10 and 30 feet in the air at a top speed of 25MPH for about 20 minutes. It can loiter as close as five feet from its owner or fly as far away as 100 feet. It’s waterproof, too, so it can be thrown into the water for takeoff. Using computer vision, Lily executes its landing into the palm of your hand. 
A free app for iOS and Android devices will give you more control over Lily, including the ability to change camera settings, create flight plans, and edit and share your videos and stills.

Lily’s built in camera sports a 12-megapixel sensor capable of 1920x1080p60 video recording (audio recording is handled by the wristband remote). You can enjoy frame rates of 120fps if you drop to 720p resolution. The lens delivers a 94-degree field of view for videos. Footage is saved to a MicroSD card or 4GB of internal memory. The internal battery takes about two hours to fully recharge.

The drone will cost $499 for pre-orders submitted over the next 29 days and $999 when it ships in February of 2016.