I wrote about Lily, a quadcopter designed to follow you. If you are having a hard time visualizing this, think SoloShot, but airborne. Lily meet the KickStarted AirDog, your new competition. After winning the “Engadget: Best of CES 2015 Awards, Best Drone or Robot” award, it was clear the AirDog would be a strong contender right out of the gate. There are a few notable differences, the AirDog uses a GoPro camera while Lily has its own internal camera, and price wise, Lily has the AirDog clearly beat. The AirDog costs $1,295 and Lily is priced at $999 (currently on-sale during pre-orders for $499).
The company has confirmed that its sports-oriented companion will officially launch on August 31st for $1,295, with crowdfunding backers getting the first batch. There are still some tweaks left (AirDog wants to improve the connection to the wearable “leash” that makes following work, for one thing), but it should otherwise be good to go.