Lily Camera A drone that follows you
On paper, the concept sounds great: Toss a drone like a frisbee and it will automatically follow you wherever you go, shooting videos and pictures of you. That’s the Lily Camera, in a nutshell, and the simple premise seems to have taken off among drone enthusiasts, wannabe filmmakers and those who just want to take some interesting pictures and movies of their exciting lives.
Designed for people who simply want to click aerial pictures without the bother of flying a drone, the Lily is a drone with a 12 MP camera. All you need to get the drone to fly is to wear its tracker on your wrist and throw the drone into the air; it senses this and starts flying. Once you start moving, the drone will follow you around and take pictures. You need no remote-flying skills.
The body of Lily is completely sealed, so you can take it with you in the rain or shoot water sports if you want. Using a combination of GPS and visual tracking, the puck on your hand lets the drone know where you are and it calculates distance and speed required to keep up with you.
You can set the drone to circle around you to take a panoramic shot from a height, follow you, or capture your actions from in front.
The 12 megapixel camera can take both stills and full high definition 1,080/60p videos, as well as a slow motion clips—120 frames per second video at 720p. There is a microphone on the puck to record sound, and the recording is in sync with the camera hovering above.
The drone in this case is only to be used as a follow-on or lead or rotate device and will not let you fly to capture cities and videos like other drones do. Flying it, however, is a breeze. It flies 5 to 50 feet above the ground and can get as close as 5 feet to you or shoot those wide shots from as far as 100 feet away.
The photos and videos are stored in its 4 GB memory, which can be expanded by popping in a micro SD card. The battery time on this drone is limited to 20 minutes, and no, you can’t carry a spare battery. It takes about two hours to recharge.
By Sanjay K Bissoyi