Separate from consumer quadcopter drones, the Lily Camera uses GPS and computer vision technology for autonomous operation. The user simply holds or wears a small tracking device that relays his or her position, distance and speed to the camera via a WiFi signal. The Lily Camera then uses its onboard sensors and computer-vision algorithms to calculate exactly how close and how high to fly in relation to the user. By tracking the users' expect location, the camera can independently take 12-megapixel stills and Full HD 1080p videos, without any direct operation.
While the Lily Camera functions autonomously, the device also comes with iOS and Android-compatible apps, which provide a live view of what the camera is recording. The user can then make basic adjustments or program flight paths if desired.