Who Needs a Dog When You’ve Got a Pet Drone?

May 15, 2015

10:00 pm

They call it the camera reinvented. I wouldn’t disagree with that, but I would also like to say that it’s so much more than just a reinvented camera. I mean, after all, this one flies.

Lily was created as a drone for every day, recreational use, and by all accounts and purposes it looks a bit…ordinary…albeit like an emoji. However the powerhouse of technology inside this little, smiling drone is anything but ordinary.

Video footage is captured purely in 1080p HD at 60 frames per second (fps). That is, unless it uses slow motion, which clocks you at 120 fps in 720p. To give you some perspective, here’s a great video from Blake Richard’s YouTube channel showing the difference between the two (disregard WVGA 240 fps):

The camera can also snap a 12 megapixel still shot if you tell it to with the tracking device. Wait, what would Lily need a tracking device for, you might be wondering? Well, like a loyal golden retriever Lily will follow you, no remote controls or leashes required.

You can literally do whatever the hell you want and Lily will follow you. Here are some suggestions: video yourself bungee jumping from a whole new angle, be the center of attention at parties, or put the tracker on your dog for epic outdoor stills.

Let’s not forget that Lily is also built to a waterproof rating of IP67 and the tracker has a waterproof case as well. No place on this good, green earth is going to be off limits because it’s too wet.

Potentially the coolest thing about Lily is how she takes off. All you have to do is throw her into the air and she’ll power up and take off. I’m not kidding, you could throw this thing off a bridge and it’d be totally fine. When you want her back just hold your hand out and she’ll land right on cue.

Whatever you’re going to do, make sure it’s only going to take 20 minutes because that’s how long the Lithium-Ion battery lasts at full charge. Mind you, the full charge takes about two full hours, so you’re only going to get a limited window of use.

We will say this, especially concerning this new territory of personal drones: know the rules and regulations before you fly.

“Recreational users are free to fly within FAA guidelines. However, for commercial users and those gaining monetary incentive such as real estate agents, flying without approval from the FAA is restricted. Check out KnowBeforeYouFly.org for more information on drone safety,” Greg Friesmuth, CEO of SkyworksAS, tells us.

So, do be safe, and learn the rules before you do anything. Once you know it’s safe, I bet you’re going to have the time of your life playing with this drone. Here’s a face-melting video that the Lily team made to showcase its amazing features:

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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988

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