Let’s face it, drones don’t have the best PR. My perception of them is somewhere between killing machine and glorified hobby store plane. But I don’t feel that way about Lily, an adorable drone (if there can be such a thing) that could change the selfie game forever.
The Lily camera is a quadcopter drone that can follow you around based on a tracking device you wear on your wrist, shooting 1080P, 60FPS video (even in 720P slo-mo) all the while. There’s apparently no set-up required. Lily is outfitted with accelerometers that detect when she’s in free-fall, so she will start recording if you simply toss her into the air. The drone is water-proof too — throw it into the water and it will start up and start filming.
The tracking device on your wrist also functions as a microphone, which Lily automatically syncs with the footage she records. She can fly at 25 mph anywhere from 5 to 100 feet above you, at a number of different angles depending on what the accompanying iOS and Android app (or tracking device) dictates.
Lily will start shipping February 2016, and you can pre-order now for $499.
If all that read like an advertisement, that’s only because I am legitimately excited about this little machine. It looks great, is user-friendly, and allows just about anyone to get into the drone game. Lily has seemingly found the happy medium between “killer robot” and hobby store geekery. I don’t know about you, but I want one.