Courtesy of Lily (via YouTube)
May 18, 2015

It seems that Selfie Sticks might have a little competition. Lily Camera, a new drone-like apparatus, is making it even easier to document your travels—so easy that you don’t even have to use your hands past tossing the drone up in the air. Once Lily hits the sky, she relies on a (waterproof) tracking device that you wear on your wrist to follow you wherever you go.

The 2.5-pound, waterproof flying camera comes equipped with a 1080p camera and another 720p camera. Thanks to the GPS located in the tracking device, Lily’s main focus is on following the subject (you) instead of pursuing a specific journey. There are buttons located on the tracking device for some of-the-moment direction from the subject like flying closer, further away, to the left, or to the right. The finished product will even hopefully be able to recognize its owner’s face, bringing this piece of tech to a new pet-like status.

Much like a GoPro, this is the kind of thing that could take adventure outings to a new level. Check out the prototype in action:

The bad news: Lily Camera won’t be on the market anytime soon (read: not within the next couple of months, at least). But this should make that selfie stick suffering a little sweeter: Lily Camera is aiming to retail for $899, but early adopters can catch a deal by ordering early for $499.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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