Tech Crunch: Incredible Flying Camera Follows You like Personal Paparazzi

Jun 23, 2015 at 10:02 am |

Yours days of stretching out your arm or lifting up a stick to take a perfect selfie are numbered.

Introducing the Lily Camera, the first throw-and-shoot, flying camera that follows you around, snapping pictures and filming you– totally hands-free. Stemming from the idea of having a “personal cameraman,” Lily may seem like a glorified quadcopter drone, but she is so much more than that.

In fact, according to the camera’s creator, Antoine Balaresque, they never even considered their project to be a drone while in development. Instead, the robot was designed as a way to ensure that the entire group could fit into the same shot without having to depend on other people. From there, Lily took off (literally) into the hottest new camera of the future.

Weighing about three pounds, Lily is weatherproof, rugged, and almost completely autonomous. The camera never needs to be controlled by the user, all you need to do is carry around a tracking device (like a large watch) that uses Wi-Fi to determine your speed, distance, and position. Lily will never fly farther than 100 feet away from the user, more than 50 feet high, or faster than 25 MPH. The camera also maintains a five-foot distance from the user and other objects. Using the tracking device, you can also have Lily alternate between following you from the side, circling 360 degrees around you, or zooming in and out. The robot has a lithium-ion battery that lasts for 20 minutes and takes two hours to charge.

Ready to buy this baby yet? The Lily Camera will start shipping in February 2016 and will cost you about $999. If you take advantage of the preorder campaign, you could get yourself a Lily for $499.

Watch the awesome promotional video below:

“Goodbye Selfie Goodbye NIXIE Welcome” LilyLily is the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera

Posted by Architecture & Arts on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Say goodbye to selfies, this is the next big thing.