This sleek camera drone captures selfies from the skies

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Just hurl it into the air and start moving. Photo: Lily Camera/The Verge

Forget about your run-of-the-mill selfie stick, the future of mobile photography could very well be a new easy-to-use, self-flying camera drone — which users launch into the air like a frisbee and which will then follow them around capturing gorgeous HD video as it does so.

Called the Lily Camera, the rugged and waterproof camera drone boasts a 12MP 1080p camera, is small and light enough to fit in a regular backpack, and functions by way of both GPS and the latest computer vision algorithms.

Check out a video demonstration below:

Of course, unless you’re a self-absorbed vlogger, chances are that photographing yourself will eventually lose its appeal. With that in mind, Lily also allows users to program the drone’s flight path using a mobile app — thereby giving you total control over its ability to follow targets, loop, zoom, fly out, hover, and more.

Once you’ve finished filming, the Lily Camera will even float back to you and land in your outstretched palm like a well-trained, 2.8-pound bird of prey.

The device is currently available for pre-order at $499, coming with the camera and a wrist-tracking device with waterproof case. Additional accessories will include propellers, cases, and other goodies, and will be available for later purchase online. Shipping is set to begin in February.

Source: BusinessWire