Selfies and drones collide with Lily cam

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There are two tech trends that are constantly popular: drones and selfies. Now there’s a bit of kit that combines the two.

A self-flying throw-and-shoot camera – dubbed Lily – is set to launch, promising to fly in front of you to shoot video and photos.

Many drones with cameras attached have taken off in tech in recent years but the new self-flying product is looking to re-invent the idea.

Using a tracking device, the drone follows you around with no need for controls and will start shooting a new video from the moment it’s thrown in the air.

The gadget promises to revolutionise filming of sports and outdoors activities like skiing and swimming, assuming it works.

The camera flies itself, no controller required, and is small enough to fit inside a backpack.

The drone keeps track of its subject – ie you – with a tracking device worn on the wrist.

The device – which also records audio – constantly talks to the drone to keep you in the shot, relaying your position, distance and speed back to the drone’s built-in camera.

Capable of shooting 1080p video and photos at 12MP, the camera is no slouch, and it boasts a 20-minute flight time.

The drone can also reach a top speed of 25mph and can fly up to 30 metres from the user, and 15 metres high.

When it’s done, the camera will fly back into the palm of your hand.

The company behind the device said: “Lily is the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera.

“It lets anyone create cinematic footage previously reserved for professional filmmakers.

“Lily is waterproof, ultra-compact, and shoots HD pictures and videos.

“The great thing about Lily is that there is no setup required.

“Just turn on your Lily camera, make sure you have the tracking device with you (it will automatically turn on when Lily turns on), and throw Lily in the air.

“By default, Lily will start following you and recording a video as soon as you throw it in the air.

“You can set Lily’s behaviour after take-off in the companion app.”

The device is set to launch in February 2016, with preorders available for £330.