Lily Camera is the world's first flying camera that does not require any human intervention to operate. Designers Antoine Balaresque and Henry Bradlow explain that the device should not be thought of as a drone or quadcopter, but rather "your own personal cameraman."
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.