outdoors

Lily Camera Drone

Lily is a flying camera that follows you automatically. No need to be a great drone pilot, you can now let Lily fly itself and capture amazing videos/photos of any outdoor activity imaginable.

Lily is small enough to fit into a backpack and take anywhere you go. It’s roughly 3 inches tall and 10 inches across, including the blades. Total weight is 2.8 pounds (1.3 kg).

It’s very simple to use. Toss it into the air and its motor automatically kicks in and begins flying.

Because the body of the drone is completely sealed, you can fly it in rain or snow, or even toss it directly into the water (you’ll see this in the youtube video below).

Unlikely other drones, you don’t fly and steer Lily from a remote control or smartphone app. Instead, you strap a small tracking device to your body and Lily automatically follows it.

This tracking beacon is waterproof too, so you can use it while swimming, boating, etc.

Lily drone camera waterproof tracking device

Lily’s tracking device w/ waterproof housing.

 

The wearable tracker also captures sound, which is a brilliant move by Lily’s engineering team. A drone flying 30 feet away from you isn’t going to be able to capture high quality sound. By putting the sound recording technology in the tracker that you’ll wear on your wrist, you can get great sound quality while filming from far away.

Lily doesn’t just follow behind you either. The tracking device is also a remote controller to adjust the settings mid-flight. Lily can follow behind you, hover ahead of you while filming you from the front, circle around you while capturing a panorama shot, and much more. Check out this youtube video to see how it works:

 

A mobile app lets you program other flight paths if you want more customization or more control over the camera angles.

Wondering about the camera quality? The built-in camera uses the same Sony camera technology that you’d find on GoPro Hero 3. It captures still photos in 12 megapixels and is capable of recording video in 1080p at up to 60 frames per second. If you want a higher framerate for slow-motion video, you can get 120 fps by reducing the video quality to 720p.

When compared to other  drones on the market, Lily is a bit more limited in the flight range, since it’s designed to follow you during activities, not be flown far away from you. It has a maximum height of 50 feet above your current location, for example.

Still, it’s perfect for filming action shots without needing a second person, and its top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h) ensures it can keep up with almost anything from white water rafting to snowboarding.

With other drone models, you’d need a second person to capture this type of footage. Being able to film these activities solo is one of the biggest benefits that Lily brings.

The drone is powered by a lithium-ion battery within the body. It takes 2 hours to fully charge and can fly the drone for 20-25 minutes on a full charge. We’re guessing they’ll improve the battery life with future versions but 20 minutes should be enough to capture a decent amount of footage.

Lily is currently on pre-order with a discounted price. The planned launch is February 2016 and the retail price after launch is expected to be $999.

 

Third Ear Mobile Phone Speaker

There are a lot of mobile phone speakers on the market, but none like this. The product is called Third Ear. It’s made of ceramic and uses physics to amplify sounds and music from your phone. There’s no additional technology needed, and it doesn’t require electricity.

Just set your phone in the holding slot and press play. The shape of the speaker will naturally amplify the sounds.

The simple design makes it great for carrying anywhere around the house. Bring it outdoors with you and play music without needing a power outlet.

Or use it indoors- set it up on any counter, table or shelf where you want to play music. If you leave the room, just carry it with you and set it down somewhere else. No need to worry about power cords, outlets, battery life, etc.

The Third Ear mobile phone speaker looks great too. The ceramic shell and bright artistic design will look good with a variety of different modern decor themes.

 

360-Degree Camera

This camera is called Panono. It’s designed to take full 360-degree panorama photos when thrown into the air.

There’s nothing else like this on the market right now and the quality of the photos is incredible. The final photo combines images captured by small cameras that are spread across the surface of the sphere and the end result is a picture that’s 100 megapixels in size.

There’s a ton of impressive tech within this product, from a sensor that automatically snaps your photo when the ball is at its highest point, to a system that instantly sends photo previews to your smartphone so that you can see what your picture will look like.

To receive the final version of your photos, you can transfer them to your computer via Wifi or USB when you get home, or view and manage them in Panono’s cloud servers. The camera itself can store up to 400 photos at a single time without transferring out, which should be plenty for a single trip or event.

This is one of those inventions that makes people say ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’  It’s one of a kind and easily made our list of the 5 best tech products of the year. 

There’s a near-endless list of places and events that Panono’s camera would be ideal for but here are some ideas to get you going:

  • Weddings
  • Sporting Events
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Vacations
  • Road Trips
  • Festivals
  • Parties
  • Concerts

 

GoSun Solar Stove

This unique solar stove cooks entirely with sunlight. It’s called GoSun Stove and it’s a portable and fast way to cook a variety of foods with 100% renewable solar energy. Amazingly, it doesn’t even need direct sunlight to work. The stove is fully functional even when the sun is behind clouds. Almost no weather is off limits due to the effectiveness of the design.

Here’s how it works:

The GoSun Stove takes sunlight and turns it into solar heat. The stove is set up to effectively capture sunlight from a broad range of angles which is why it can work even in cloudy conditions. This also allows GoSun to continue working throughout the day as the sun changes angle, with very few adjustments needed.

The sunlight is captured and redirected by GoSun’s metal reflectors and aimed at an evacuated glass tube in the center, which acts as a near perfect insulator to retain the heat. This heavily insulated tube is what generates heat to cook your food and allows the stove to be effective in even the most challenging conditions.

The GoSun Stove offers a wide range of cooking settings including steam, bake, fry, roast and boil. It’s capable of reaching temperatures above 550°F and can completely cook your meal within 20 minutes, so you’re not sacrificing speed versus a traditional stove-top. There’s really no limit to what you could cook with this stove, from meat and vegetables to sandwiches and baked goods.

And surprisingly, you’re not sacrificing quality or control over the cooking process either. The designers of the GoSun Stove put a lot of effort into making sure that it’d meet the needs of experienced cooks. This is one of the best solar stoves on the market due to its ability to offer a high quality cooking experience in addition to being innovative and energy-friendly.

As a side note, this product was also featured on our list of the 5 best kitchen gadgets due to the high quality results that it delivers.

Whether you’re a serious chef or simply interested in saving energy or trying an alternative cooking method, this is one of the best options out there.

gosun solar stove outdoor portable carrying

The stove is portable which makes it ideal for cooking on the beach or other outdoor settings. If you’re staying home for the day, GoSun is an exciting way to prepare food with family or friends in your own back yard too.

Check out GoSun’s Instagram page for some photos of how the stove is used, and what types of food you can cook in it. There are some pretty interesting ideas including cinnamon buns and pizzas.

 

Outdoor Swing Chair

These outdoor chairs are woven in a matte black synthetic wicker material and feature a heavy duty spring for supreme comfort. The orange cushion seen in the picture is included as well. Each chair weighs 120 pounds when shipped, so these are not light-duty moveable yard chairs. These are more useful for creating a semi-permanent modern outdoor seating setup. As a final note: each order includes one chair, not two as seen in the picture.

Storm Electric Bike

Called ‘Storm’, this is the world’s most affordable electric bike. The idea began as an Indiegogo campaign and quickly exceeded the funding goals by an impressive amount ($1.7 million on a goal of $75k).

The battery technology is quite impressive on this product, allowing you to ride 30-50 miles on a single charge. The removable battery can then be recharged from empty to full in just 90 minutes.

The battery’s energy is used to power a direct drive motor that allows the bike to achieve speeds of up to 20 mph. The best part? It’s actually more efficient at high speeds! The battery/motor system is most comfortable and efficient when riding at 15-20 mph. This makes it ideal for a long road trip or commute in which you need to cover some serious distance in a single day.

Of course the Storm Bike is fine for slower or shorter distance ride as well. Battery efficiency won’t matter as much if you’re cruising casually around the neighborhood or immediate vicinity, so it’s a good thing that this e-bike gets the most out of its battery when cruising at higher speeds.

The Storm Electric Bike has wide tires and is equipped to handle pretty much any terrain, so you can also comfortable ride it on mountain trails, paths, sand, etc. Of course, if you’re just interested in using it for a morning commute, it’ll handle that as well.

If you feel like saving battery or getting some exercise, this e-bike also has a standard manual pedal just like any bicycle.

Here’s a video review explaining some of the details and showing the Storm Bike in action:

 

 

Skeletool Multitool

This is the lightest multi-tool on the market at only 5 ounces. The Skeletool doesn’t sacrifice quality either- it’s made of stainless steel and carbon fiber with a scratch resistant coating.

It’s also backed by a 25 year warranty, which is insane. Clearly this gadget isn’t going to break on you.

Here are some of the best features:

  • Straight knife blade
  • Universal bit driver
  • Plier jaws
  • Two types of wire cutters
  • Bottle/Can opener

 

Windproof Umbrella

We’ve all held a regular umbrella in a wind storm and had it collapse on itself multiple times. Not a fun experience.

The Senz Stormproof Umbrella solves this issue. It’s probably the most high tech umbrella ever created. It has an aerodynamic wind resistant design that allows it to survive storms and high wind speeds without inverting or collapsing.

The design is built to withstand wind speeds of 50 MPH or 80 KMH. The Senz Stormproof Umbrella is extremely light as well, weighing in at just 400g, or less than 9/10 of a pound.

Each umbrella comes with a 1 year guarantee.

Here’s a YouTube video showing some of the amazing testing that this technology went through. You can see the umbrella shake but not collapse when exposed to high winds.

 

Tiny Sleeping Bag

The high quality materials and the ability to fold into an impressively-tiny size are both noteworthy with this tiny sleeping bag.

The photo above can give you a good sense of how small it folds. It can fit into a single hand when completely folded.

When unfolded, the ‘Long’ version can accommodate somebody as tall as 6’7″.

A ‘Regular’ size is also available which can still fit somebody that’s 6 feet tall, not bad!

 

Outdoor Solar Table

Sun Table is a waterproof outdoor table equipped with solar panels. It looks fantastic and also helps you save energy and power your electronic devices while outdoors.

The table’s surface collects energy through a 64 watt multicrystalline solar panel that’s capable of charging even if partially covered. This solar panel charges the table’s built-in battery which can store enough energy to power your laptop for 4 hours.

Sun Table is made of stainless steel hardware that’s specifically designed to withstand outdoor conditions. The finished product weighs 45 pounds and measures 54 inches long, 31 inches wide, and 18 inches tall.

Because of the waterproof design, it’s extremely easy to clean as well. Just hose it down to clean it off.

There’s one more extremely cool feature worth noting. The table’s surface can be propped up at an angle to collect more sunlight when not being used. Two small arms can elevate the table’s surface and aim it directly at the sun. This picture shows how this works:

 

solar sun table

Aim the solar panels at the sun to collect more energy when not in use