Lily Camera Is A Futuristic Camera For Everyday People

I see drones!  Oops, I mean camera.  Check out a YouTube video which promotes a new type of camera known as Lily Camera in the bottom of this blog post.  Don’t forget to let me know how exciting you are about the technology in the comment section, OK?

This is not your typical camera in which you have to actively take snapshots and videos.  In fact, it’s not your typical camera at all, because you don’t even have to pay attention to what it is doing.  It seems the video suggests that Lily Camera will just automatically follow you around and take snapshots and videos as how you have instructed it to do so.  In fact, Lily Camera is a waterproof drone in which you throw it in the air and let it be free.  Free to follow you.  Free to take snapshots of you.  Free to take crazy video moments of you.

The specs for this camera/drone are 20 minutes flight time, 2 hours charge time, waterproof, video resolution of 1080p at 60 frames per second, video resolution of 720p at 120 frames per second, photo resolution of 12 Megapixels, front-facing camera, bottom-facing camera, and a whole lot more features such as GPS.

I think once you order this thing you also get a tracking device that you can wear on your wrist.  This is to control the camera/drone’s flight path and whatnot.  According to the article “Lily Camera Is A Drone That Automatically Follows You (link) on Buzzfeed.com, Lily Camera would also record the audio from the wrist’s tracking device so it can add the audio to the video which records by the drone’s cameras.

According to the Buzzfeed.com article that I just mentioned, this neat gadget will be released for the mass in February 2016 for $999, but you can pay for less, roughly around $499, if you are going to preorder Lily Camera now.

It’s cool to have Lily Camera follows you around and takes pictures and videos of you, but I’m worrying about the safety of this device for the owner and the bystanders.  Of course, I think the maker of Lily Camera is also looking at addressing all safety concerns in relation to this gadget before the release, and I do hope the maker of Lily Camera will address all safety issues before Lily Camera gets sold to the mass.

For an example, I’m worrying that something can go really wrong to the bystanders when the battery runs out completely while Lily Camera is still in flight.  Will the drone allot itself enough time to land before the battery would be completely drained?  Another worry of mine about Lily Camera is that you never know the drone can get glitchy and injure the owner’s hand as it lands badly onto the owner’s hand.  Of course, my concerns are not based on facts since nothing like what I have described has yet to occur.  I think Lily Camera is awesome, and I do hope that the maker of this gadget will be able to address all safety issues before the device goes phenomenal.

By the way, 20 minutes flight time is not long enough in my opinion.  I prefer to have a camera drone that is at least 3 hours or more flight time.  The longer the flight time, the better it is in my opinion.

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Hermit North Korea’s Pyongyang In Detailed Time-lapse

In the West, North Korea is well known as a hermit kingdom.  Under a family dynasty, North Korea has seen the country is still being ruled by the Kim family.  Since North Korea is always secretive to the West, and so many people in the West aren’t so familiar with this country at all.  North Korea has always considered the United States and her allies as the enemies.  The West often regards North Korea as inhuman society since it’s being ruled by a family dynasty and not under the rule of law.  With so many barriers that prevent people from the outside looking in, North Korea is surely a hermit kingdom to the West.  Hermit as she is, someone had just made a detailed video of North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, in professional time-lapse fashion.

Lightroom 4 Photo Fun – Vietnamese 2013 New Year, Year Of Snake, Random Shots

Vietnamese 2013 New Year, Year of Snake, Sneak Peek Photo

Vietnamese 2013 New Year, Year of Snake, Sneak Peek Photo

Yesterday was an eventful day for me.  Drove my mom to a Buddhist temple to celebrate a Vietnamese New Year (2013 — a year of snake).  Took some photos there.  When we left the Buddhist temple, we witnessed the aftermath of a freak car accident on a highway.  A car was burned to crisp, but before that a flame was engulfed the car, ejecting huge plume of smoke up high into the air.  Another car was flipped upside-down with broken glasses.  Furthermore, I think there was a third car which involved with this accident, but I’m not sure.  Anyhow, I took some photos of the accident with my HTC 8x smartphone camera.  Luckily, I also remembered I had Nikon D3200 with me and so I used it to capture the accident scene some more.  Unfortunately, I could only capture the burning car with engulfing flame on HTC 8X smartphone camera, because by the time I got my Nikon D3200 out the firefighter had arrived onto the scene and blocked up the view and did what they had to in putting out the flame.  Anyhow, as usual, in post production, I retouched the photos I took on February 10th of 2013 with Lightroom 4, and now these photos are on Flickr for you all to see.  Enjoy ’em photos by going to EndlessBit.com (my photo blog) or just view the slideshow right after the break.

Lightroom 4 Photo Fun – Empty Strip Mall And Unfinished Building

Empty Strip Mall And Unfinished Building Sneak Peek Photo

Empty Strip Mall And Unfinished Building Sneak Peek Photo

I took some photos today, and the theme is pointing out two frequent symptoms that we have seen occurring quite frequently in today, bad U.S. economy.  Some think we’re still in a recession, others think we’re in a depression.  Are we getting out this bad economy yet?  Are we about to?  I don’t think anyone would know, but let hope good things will come for our economy in the near future.  At least, hope is an optimistic kind of thing.

Anyhow, I took these photos and retouched them in Lightroom 4 as usual.  You can check them photos out by clicking on the sneak peek photo.  Feeling lazy?  You don’t have to take a direct hop over to my Flickr set to view these photos, because I post a slideshow of these photos right after the break.  Enjoy!!!  (You can also visit EndlessBit to check out all the photos that I took in the past up to the present!)

Dodging Bullets Is Not My Kind Of Photography, But I Bet Mr. Fujimoto Would Beg The Differ.

Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of ph...

Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of photography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m into photography lately, but the BusinessInsider’s “Meet The Japanese Tourist Who Is Vacationing On The Front Line Of The Syrian Civil War” story actually makes me feel like I’m not really serious about being a photographer.  How?  Just getting out to a strange place to take some photos is already somewhat a discouraging aspect to me.  Street photography?  Well, let say I’m reluctantly to do so and have done it very badly.  For Mr. Fujimoto, he is not only serious about taking photos, but he puts himself in danger zones, in warzones such as Syria, to have his way with his photography.  Albeit, he is only vacationing in Syria and taking his photos there for the occasion, but how he is doing it with his photography is already beyond me.  I say, this man is either brave or foolish, but I like to think he is awesome and brave since I wish I can do the same.  Unfortunately, I’m too lazy, selfish, and scare to do such a thing like him, unless one day I change my mind about my own photography.

For your information, as BusinessInsider’s story broke, Mr. Fujimoto isn’t a very wealthy man, and he has wished that one day he wants to provide some financial comforts to his daughters.  Also, his photography isn’t making him money or anything like that besides for making him well known now.  So, he is doing this for excitements and passion.  Nonetheless, I think if he survives all of his super dangerous adventures or vacations, soon or later I think someone might eventually sponsor him for whatever reasons.  I think this man deserves some attention in regarding to his photography.  The way he takes his photos in those dangerous places isn’t something most photographers would imagine of doing so.  It’s not like most photographers would automatically wake up one morning and say let dodge bullets in warzones for some great photos.

The dangerous aspect of filming and photographing wars isn’t something to be undermined easily.  Sure, when you leave your own comforting home, you can still get into some sort of dangers, but running around in warzones is definitely going to raise the risk level through the roof.  Keep dodging some of those bullets Mr. Fujimoto!  Meet Mr. Fujimoto right after the break!

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Lightroom 4 Photo Fun – Drinking In The View Of Cauble Park (Lake Lanier)

Cauble Park (Lake Lanier) Sneak Peek Photo

Cauble Park (Lake Lanier) Sneak Peek Photo

You should take a quick hop over to EndlessBit (my photo blog) now as I just posted some nice nature photos that I had the pleasure to edit in Lightroom 4.  You can also click on the sneak peek photo to go to EndlessBit post which I had mentioned.  Feeling lazy?  Just check out the slideshow underneath!