Lily Robotics has combined a drone, roughly a GoPro Hero 3 camera, a tracking beacon and some software to create a self flying drone that follows you. This small five-person company was co-founded by a couple of recent Berkeley grads has already received funding from Ron Conway, Shana Fisher, SV Angels and Winklevoss Capital, just to name a few sources. As a self flying/tracking camera, it’s a great concept and solid technology, so it’s easy to understand the appeal.
It can shoot 1080p video, or 720p up to 120 frames per second—there’s some tech inside that will detect when you hit a jump while snowboarding and automatically kick the camera into slow-mo. It’ll also shoot 12-megapixel stills and it can make a cool 360-degree panorama. It can fly 25 miles per hour, is totally waterproof, lasts up to 20 minutes on a charge, and has range up to 100 feet. Bradlow says it could move faster and have more range, but the point isn’t to map agricultural landscapes—it’s to take pictures, or have the Lily chase you down the slopes while you carve some powder.