Not one of our usual news stories, but figured this was to awesome to neglect.
Meet Lily, not your normal drone, but the worlds first self flying drone.
Lily started in September 2013 in the basement of a UC Berkeley robotics lab, where Henry and Antoine built the first prototype using a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino.
In Spring of 2014, leading investors Shana Fisher and SV Angel supported the Lily vision and showed them the yellow brick road. Along the way, Robb gave Lily a heart, Rowland gave Lily courage, and Nghia gave Lily a brain.
Our mission is to release human creativity by inventing tools that allow for effortless expression. We believe that great products are built with a clear purpose.
This clever little gadget has a 20 minute flight time and operates via a tracking device that you keep on you. Lily records you and you can control which shot you want via an application and the tracking device.
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 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.
The downside, technology this impressive comes at a cost, and currently to pre-order Lily will set you back $500. The full price is a stonking $1000.
Incredible just how far tech is going. Soon we’ll all be walking down the street with our selfie drones following us. Or is this the start of Skynet and Lily is the face of it all?
Source – https://www.lily.camera/our_faq/