Skydio R1 may be a selfie drone, but it’s not the kind of garbage you find at Walmart’s clearance aisle. For one, it costs $1,700 more than DJI’s Mavic Air. And right now, it’s the only drone that features autonomous flight capabilities both DJI and GoPro could only dream of. Today, Skydio released its first software update that now allows the R1 to follow vehicles.
Remember the Lily drone, announced in 2015 and never produced? Well, although they got into all sorts of trouble, they seem determined to rise after the crash. Mota Group, Inc. acquired assets of Lily Robotics this year. They are now introducing Lily Next-Gen, a drone that brings the fun spirit of the original Lily drone but with improved features. The biggest improvement, I’d say, is that the drone seems to be actually produced. But other than that, Mota Group, Inc. announces that the Lily Next-Gen will shoot 4K video, 13MP stills and 120 fps slo-mo at 720p.
We’re still in shock after hearing that Lily Robotics is shutting down, but apparently this isn’t all. The crash of the Lily Drone is even worse than we imagined.
They are also facing a lawsuit by San Francisco district attorney’s office for false advertising and unfair business practices. And apparently, their promotional video was not even made by the drone they were promoting.
Lily Drone seemed like a promising project when they started, but it didn’t go without its fair share of problems. After the production issues and delay in delivery, it seems that Lily’s developers have finally decided to give up.
They sent an email to their suppporters and customers who pre-ordered the Lily Drone, where they stated that they’re winding down the company. They promised full refund for everyone who pre-oredered the drone.
Earlier this week, we shared with you how Peak Design became Kickstarter ninjas, crowdfunding numerous products and – so far – delivering on every last one of them. But that’s not always the case with crowdfunding projects.
Just look at TriggerTrap’s Ada, a Kickstarter project that failed a year after it successfully raised over £290,386 in funds. Or, more crushing, look at Zano, a handheld drone whose manufacturer went under, even after raising a $3.4 million on Kickstarter.
It’s for these failures that those who pre-ordered the Lily drone should be severely concerned that their drone might never come to fruition. Thursday, the San Francisco-based drone manufacturer announced that its production schedule has been delayed, citing a problem with the flight software that controls the autonomous drone.[Read More…]
It has only been 10 days since Lily came to the world a blazing and already there is has a challenger on the market. Introducing Sprite, which claims to be the world’s most portable and rugged unmanned aerial vehicle.
The two projects could not be more different, yet they address the same market: Autonomous (or Semi-Autonomous) camera drones.
At the latest NAB we saw a big surge of Camera Drone interest. (it was sliders three years ago, Jibs two years, Gibmbals last year and now Drones). Most of the drones (or drone upgrades) introduced were focused on providing a smooth run or more range. Lily is a new players and it is focused on making it FUN.
Lily is a camera drone aimed at extreme sports enthusiasts and as such it features some innovative features.