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Old 16-09-2015, 12:31   #16
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Re: Lily camera drone that flies by itself

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Check out this video for the new Lily camera drone. The unique feature is that you don't have to fly it.......just tell it to follow, lead, or circle. It takes HD still, video and will even switch to slow motion. I think this will open up amazing opportunities for overhead shots of your boat under sail which previously were only possible by helicopter. It has a 25 minute battery life. It doesn't have collision avoidance so finding the right place on deck to stand for it to land without getting caught up in rigging will probably be a challenge. I purchased one recently and should receive delivery next Feb.
Does it float?
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Old 16-09-2015, 13:03   #17
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I have started selling the Splash Drone in my store.
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I haven't had a chance to play with it but one of my employees bought one and he loves it. It has a lot more capabilities than the Lilly and is available now. It is more expensive and the price doesn't include the GoPro camera.

The guys who bought them from me are hard core fishermen. They'll use them to video themselves fighting fish.

One neat feature of the Splash drone is that it comes with a cargo hook. It will carry items up to two pounds and will drop them on command. My thoughts went right to water balloons but I bet you guys can think of other uses.

The Splash Drone is very complete with a FPV screen with sun shade, battery, charger and very nice carry case.

Everyone who has bought one has also purchased a second battery. If they want to fly longer than 20 minutes, they can swap batteries without waiting for an internal battery to charge.

The Auto version has a "follow me" mode similar to the Lilly. It follows your cell phone.

I don't have them on my website yet, but if you're interested in one give me a call or send me an email through my website. A CF message will work also.
I expect no less than couple of 12oz Beers delivered to the boat by drone next season!
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Old 16-09-2015, 14:12   #18
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Re: Lily camera drone that flies by itself

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Does it float?
Yes, according to the video.
The operator just threw it into the water and powered it up.
It took off from the water.
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Old 16-09-2015, 14:43   #19
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Re: Lily camera drone that flies by itself

I've bought a Splashdrone Auto a couple of weeks ago but haven't been able to get it in the air as the battery charger packed up.
It's a serious looking bit of kit and I'll write a bit more when I get a replacement charger.

I've also tried putting a Go Pro up a mast using a home made gymbal and a counterweight.
It's still a work in progress!
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Old 17-09-2015, 10:46   #20
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Re: Lily camera drone that flies by itself

How fast can these fly? Or, to put it another way, how much wind can they handle without being blown away?
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Old 17-09-2015, 12:09   #21
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Re: Lily camera drone that flies by itself

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How fast can these fly? Or, to put it another way, how much wind can they handle without being blown away?
That's a really good question and one I was just wondering myself. I'm going to call lily to see what test data they have.
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Re: Lily camera drone that flies by itself

Lily Camera company, which nabbed pre-orders worth $34 million, announces shut down

No lily drone. If you bought in, be sure to get your refund ASAP.
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Re: Lily camera drone that flies by itself

Being an old pilot type too, I cringe seeing these "youtube pilots" that are becoming pervasive.

So Cal had some instances where fire crews shut down during fires because of idiots.

We will be hearing more about them.

But a drone can serve a useful purpose, unlike the one that was annoyingly hovering about the plastic mega yachts at times here.

I gotta get me a wrist rocket sling shot......

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Re: Lily camera drone that flies by itself

Ah fig it....cant post right

link is Seattle, dolt flew a drone into building, then came and asked for it!

Question Stupidity.......
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Re: Lily camera drone that flies by itself

That's too bad. Sounds like some of the obstacles facing GoPro right now with Karma. The entire first batch had to go back due to inflight power failures.
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I'm still waiting on a crowd funded bit of kit from Australia.... ship date gets pushed back, and pushed back.

Lily looks interesting and the waterproof bit is still just showing fresh water exposure. Wonder what a salt water bath will do? I've been looking at Solo http://3drobotics.com and discussing functionality with the developer.

I think mounting hi res cameras on masthead and spreaders may be the way to go. I'm looking for the opportunity to shoot other boats as I cruise not shoot my own boat, that would be boring quick.

I made a living in the late 80's shooting air to air editorial photos and think in my retirement I may offset some of the monthly expenses with a little photo / video work for those I meet.

The current UAV cluster regarding regulations is less than settled. Many local and state governments are moving forward with legislation which they have no jurisdiction over. The FAA will miss the next deadline imposed by congress regarding UAV regulations it seems.

As an FAA certificated pilot I can apply for commercial approval but am not really interested as my work will likely be "down in the islands."

The biggest issue I see at present with the better POV cameras of the GoPro variety is that the lenses are too wide in view angle and it will take some adaptation to make them what I feel I need to be able to do video. High res photos are easy to crop but video is going to take more effort.

I shot this with a GoPro knockoff mounted on the bow pulpit. Let it load to sharpen.
A quick edit with my SONY editing suite results in a fun bit of exposure.
Have you seen the Mevo camera? A clever camera that allows multiple shots within one camera can be switched between views.
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Re: Lily camera drone that flies by itself

Mixed reviews on the multi camera operation and only 720p in multi camera vs true 4K
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Re: Lily camera drone that flies by itself

I think small drones would be great for rescue crews to deliver recovery lines to unreachable craft or persons in shallow water, or for persons in swift water rescues.


All you'd need is a way to deliver a thin Dyneema "messenger line" using the drone, which could then be used by the victims to pull out a stronger tow/rescue line.
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