Camera drone Lily follows user autonomy




The American company Lily comes with an eponymous camera drone, which can follow the user automatically. To this end, the unit automatically tracks a GPS tracker that fits around a wrist. The device costs $ 499 in advance and come next year on the market.

Lily was born originally in the UC Berkeley Robotics Laboratory as a product of two students. They started a company to bring their concept to market. This week the product was first displayed . The user can simply throw the flying machine in the air to start the flight; Then the drone automatically follows an associated GPS tracker that allows the user to wear his wrist. The two probably communicate via wifi. The drone has GPS so he can determine its own position.

The Lily-drone is waterproof and can float. The rounded design with dimensions of 26,1×26,1×8,2cm must be able to fit in a rucksack. The weight is 1.3kg. The drone can stay twenty minutes in the air with the built-in li-ion battery in two hours the unit must be recharged. Lily fly up to 40 kilometers per hour and remains between 1,75m and 15m above the user. Horizontal flying device between 1,75m and 30m from the tracker. When the battery is low, the drone lands automatically. If contact with the tracker is lost, the user gets a corresponding smartphone app a report with the last GPS location of the device. The app can also be used to set in a flight path.

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The camera is fully integrated into the drone to the device as compact as possible. Because the drone has no mechanical gimbal mount, the device does to digital gimballing: the device automatically Cropt the part of the image where the user is located. Also, the motors are used in order to stabilize the image. Behind the fixed-focus lens of the camera is a Sony IMX117 sensor, which is also used in the GoPro Hero3 camera. Taking pictures does the device with 12 megapixels, filming is done with up to 1080p at 60fps or 720p at 120fps. Incidentally, the drone can live low-resolution stream for a phone with the Lily app.

The corresponding round tracker can be worn around the wrist, and has five buttons, a microphone and a vibration motor. The buttons allow the user to lower or higher the drone fly or to land. The microphone records audio that is automatically synchronized with the resulting movie. When there are problems with the drone, such as a dead battery vibrates the tracker. A waterproof case ensures that the accessory will continue to work in the water. The built-in battery of the tracker will last four hours.

Lily is still only via the company’s website for pre-order for $ 499, converted 441 euros. When the pre-order period ends 28 days, the price goes up to 999 dolar. The company sends the drone also to the Netherlands, although it must have previously paid $ 30 extra for shipping. It will still import costs and VAT upon. The drone must end in February 2016.



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