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Old 14 May 2015, 07:11   #1
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New waterproof automatic drone camera

https://www.lily.camera/



It's not shipping for a while, but there's a presale deal. I accidentally appear to have ordered one. If you find yourself succumbing to temptation then maybe you could help subsidise my impulsiveness by using this affiliate link
http://www.lily.camera/?ct-referral-code=onSdX3aS
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Old 14 May 2015, 08:49   #2
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I fly these for a hobby and have been flying for 20 years, put simply there is nooooo way that footage was shot with that drone as there are times the camera is panning and tilting and it doesn't do that. What they have done well is effectively make 1 million quid on orders by those not in the know and the hope it will perform as they say.

For more evidence that it doesn't work and no way that took that footage see here- Lily: the $499 'selfie drone' that's your personal videographer | Technology | The Guardian

I am not saying it isn't possible but it isn't possible right now and certainly not as the video dictates.

GPS is only accurate to about 9ft and although that is good that means the drone could be 18ft out of shooting you up/down/left or right and not to mention the heading it is pointing could also be out too as the compass on these is somewhat primitive, the electronics with magnets further adding to the problem, especially at the money we are talking about here. This is chump change for something that flies.

If it was me I'd get a refund and sit tight for 6 months while the firmware revisions roll in. By which time the big players will already have other offerings on the table if it works well.

The legality of using one is also worth considering, someone was fined 3500 quid not long ago for his drone flying out of control and crashed near a sub base.....the dude was only a few miles away from it to begin with so somewhat self inflicted. Even though he had no control over the model he got the blame as if you put it in air you are responsible.

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I was dubious over how it would detect collisions, with no mention of any sensors capable of doing so, for example going through a tunnel or a forest, would it crash into something and destroy itself.

Also, the absence of removable batteries is the main disappointment. 20 minutes is fine, as long as I can have lots of them in rapid succession. Let me take multiple batteries and change them.

The concept does look really cool though.
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No it can't avoid collisions, it is upto you to fly it not near anything.

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It's a punt, but looks like it could be fun. This sort of tracking technology exists and works. Have a look at the Soloshot tracking tripod for a terrestrial product that's in production.

There's a slightly less disastrous demo video of the Lily here: Lily Is a Camera Drone That Wants to Make Shooting Fun - DIY Photography

Should be interesting to see how it develops.
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No it can't avoid collisions, it is upto you to fly it not near anything.
And assuming that it actually follows you, that shouldn't be too hard to manage. I'd guess that collision avoidance will be added sometime in future releases.
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John, it is indeed a punt and as long as buyer knows that then happy days.

That tech in the tripod isnt close to what is needed in the drone though.

I just hate seeing people piss money away on misleading videos that I can offer an insight into.

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I think you'll really enjoy it John.
As with anything and everything the longer you wait the more bells and whistles you get for the same price but then it's no longer THE thing to have either.

If it had the removable battery I'd be all over it too!

You'll have to post your experiences with it so we can all get one and pay twice the price once they're out of pre-order!
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And assuming that it actually follows you, that shouldn't be too hard to manage. I'd guess that collision avoidance will be added sometime in future releases.
I dont think it would be a problem TBH either.

You would have to think collision detection is the next step once they iron out the kinks with the basic product.

Keep your eye on DJI products, if anyone is going to bring one out soon it will be them.

Anyways, cool concept and look forward to more info.

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DJI look like they are for those who are seriously into it though, a bit of a price jump.

The airdog looks pretty cool, more expensive than the lilly and more similar to the dji phantom prices. Not waterproof but you can put your own gopro on it, replaceable batteries and with a proper gimbal. Also pre-order.
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