Over the last couple years, drones have become a hot commodity, and they might soon influence the evolution of photography, or at least, take our selfies to the next level.
Lily is a self-flying quadcopter, but its creators prefer to brand it as the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera. The user experience is pretty slick compared with most existing drones on the market. All you have to do is toss it in the air to start shooting automatically. Using GPS and computer vision, Lily is always following you around. More accurately, it follows a small circular tracker, which you can have in your pocket, on your wrist or in your vehicle. Lily is also waterproof, ultra-compact, and can fly 25 miles per hour for 20 minutes while shooting HD pictures and videos.
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. In spring of 2014, leading investors Shana Fisher and SV Angel supported the Lily vision and showed them the yellow brick road.
All in all, Lily is mighty impressive, and we would not be surprised to see it becoming one of the best-selling quadcopters in the future.