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Lily Camera
Meet Lily, the Drone That Will Follow and Record You

Lily is the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera. All you have to do is throw it in the air to start shooting. Lily flies itself and uses GPS and computer vision to follow you around. Lily is waterproof, ultra-compact, and shoots HD pictures and videos.

The Lily is a quadcopter that requires no remote controls. Just charge it and throw it upward or over a cliff and it will start flying around you to take photos and video. When you buy the kit, it will ship with a small circular remote and tracking device. Snap this on your wrist inside the included waterproof case and you can take Lily (or let it take itself) wherever you’d like to go.

The great thing about Lily is that there is no setup required. Just turn on your Lily camera, make sure you have the tracking device with you (it will automatically turn on when Lily turns on), and throw Lily in the air. By default, Lily will start following you and recording a video as soon as you throw it in the air. You can set Lily’s behavior-after-takeoff in the companion app.

The tracking device has a microphone that records high quality sound. Lily automatically synchronizes audio from the tracking device with video it records. In addition, Lily streams low-resolution live video to the companion app to help you frame your shots.

Lily tracks the tracking device at a max speed of 25 mph and uses computer vision to optically follow your features. Lily will work in winds up to 15 MPH.

Lily will start filming in whatever mode it is set in (follow, lead, loop) as soon as it takes off and can fly for up to 20 minutes. The tracking device will send you pulse vibrations when the battery is running low. If you don’t land it, Lily will smoothly land before running out of battery.

Lily Camera Remote
Lily is a compact drone camera that flies automatically and follows a small remote

Lily started in September 2013 in the basement of a UC Berkeley robotics lab, where Henry Bradlow and
Antoine Balaresque built the first prototype using a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino.

Lily Camera
Lily is your personal action camera-equipped drone that flies itself

Lily Camera Specifications:

  • Built-in Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 20 min of flight time
  • Charging via 5A charger
  • 2-hour charge time
  • Video Resolution: 1080p 60 fps / 720p 120 fps
  • Video FOV: 94º
  • Video Format: H.264 codec, .mp4 file format
  • Photo Resolution: 12 MP
  • Digital gimballing
  • Image stabilization
  • Fixed focus

Pre-order for $499 Until June 15, 2015
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