Unlike traditional drones, which are designed for flying, Lily Camera is focused on its subject. When it ships later this year, it will feature a 1080p, 60 FPS camera and another 720p, 120 FPS camera, both of which can be trained on you. The flyer will use its built-in GPS to stay fixed on a little Lily tracking device worn on your wrist or in your pocket.
It will also, according to Balaresque, learn your face. The final Lily will have a computer vision system that will recognize your face and then work to always keep you in the frame.
“You throw this in the air, go about your business and at the end, you’ll have a high-quality video,” said the camera’s cofounder Henry Bradlow.
You can control Lily Camera with this control pod, or just use the built-in GPS to let it track you.
Instead of a big radio controller or even tablet-based app to control flight, Lily Camera will fly itself, following and capture the best moments. (Think of it as a flying selfie photographer of sorts.) Balaresque noted that the pocket GPS will tell Lily Camera when you might be jumping or falling, for example; a quad of buttons makes the device either fly closer to or further away from you, or lets it circle to your left or right — while always keeping you in frame.
It could be right at home on the shelves of Best Buy, alongside other camera equipment. “Fixed point cameras are limited by skills of the photographer,” Balaresque said. “A flying camera takes it to another level — much better footage.”
We tried to throw Lily Camera into the air, but it didn’t quite fly. Taking off a cinch.
Yet when we tried to throw Lily Camera up in the air for a demo, the prototype turned sideway and crashed. Pieces popped off, but it wasn’t broken; later, it flew again.