Meet Lily, a camera that flies herself the moment your throw it up in the air. It’s the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera. No controller is required which allows Lily to capture all of your adventures in HD from the skies. She is waterproof, portable, can travel at speeds of up to 25 mph, must be in 100 ft of the user and reaches a max altitude of 50 ft.
Like many great inventions, Lily was created in the basement of a UC Berkley robotics lab. Henry Bradlow and Antoine Balaresque are credited with building the first prototype using a Raspberry Pi (single board-computer) and Arduino (open-source computer hardware).
Since then, they’ve had input from investors. According to Gizmodo, who actually got a chance to test it out, “you place a simple remote on your body which broadcasts a signal that the drone can follow.”
The drone will be released sometime in February 2016, and it will cost $999….. BUT…. If you preorder it, here, it’s just $499.
Here are a few specs on it
It has roughly 20 minutes of flight time… with a 2 hour charge time
It comes with a GPS tracking device
Water resistant waterproof wrist case
Check it out in action
You can check out more about the Lily drone over at their website here…. Be sure to give this a share with your friends on Facebook before you go, and drop us a comment below. For more stories, subscribe to our e-mail list. (h/t Reddit) (photos via LILY)