Calling all selfie lovers and photo enthusiasts – your latest gadget has arrived, and it’s a remarkable bit of kit.
The technology around photography seems to be advancing at an incredible rate, and this self-flying device is certainly a big step forward. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Lily.
Lily is a new robotic camera drone that aims to shake up not only the drone industry, but the camera industry as a whole. It’s the world’s first “throw-and-shoot camera” that lets anyone capture cinematic aerial photos and videos without needing to do any piloting.
The drone itself is waterproof and floats, allowing you to safely land it in water if needed. Size-wise, it easily fits in a backpack and weighs less than an average laptop. You control the camera from a watch like device on your wrist.
Onboard is a camera that can shoot 12 megapixel stills, 1080p HD video and 720p slow motion footage. The internal battery allows for 20 minutes of flight per charge.
Here’s a short introduction video that offers a tour of the Lily and shows how it works:
Here are a few sample photos captured by a Lily:
These little beauties don’t come cheap, costing a hefty $999 and they’re due for release in February 2016, although you can pre-order now on their website.