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A new drone camera that you simply throw into the air will be on sale next winter. The era of the helmet mounted camera may be over. Unless the drones are banned on safety grounds.

The Lily camera looks revolutionary as it needs no-one to operate it as it flies and shoots pictures.

It can follow skiers and snowboarders as they head down the mountain or through the park. 

It tracks using a location beacon place round the wrirst of the rider or a pre-programmed route can be given to the camera.

Just think of the footage it should be able to take.

The adventure film maker, Brad Kremer, shot Lily's introductory edit above with the snowboarder, Jussi Oksanen.

"The Lily founders told us about all the fantastic features that this new drone would have. The first and most obvious is that it is autonomous. This flying camera follows and films you, without a controller. You [can] programme specific moves and distances for it. You can literally just throw it in the air and it just goes. Every once in a while something special hits the market... Lily may be that next big thing," said Brad.

The drone has a camera that can take 1080p video, or 120 frames per second slomo films at 820p.

It also takes 12 megapixel stills.

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It does not have any way of avoiding obstacles such as cliffs, trees or lift pylons. 

On this point though on avoiding obstacles, Brad commented, “We’re hoping to introduce this in later versions of the product.”

Also resorts will probably introduce rules about where it can't be used for safety reasons.

There are obvious problems if too many are flying in one place at one time or near ski lifts.

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It can be pre-ordered from the USA for $499, plus $20 shipping. 

Delivery is scheduled for the middle of next winter - February 2016.

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