PowerUp launches smartphone-controlled paper airplane

PowerUp launches smartphone-controlled paper airplane

Mar 15, 2016

Kickstarted paper drone festooned with camera that can be controlled via Google Cardboard and one’s smartphone?

Sign us up. Seriously.

Here comes the PowerUp FPV Paper Airplane.

The nitty-gritty?

PowerUp Toys announced the release of the Powerup FPV, the world’s first Smartphone-Controlled paper airplane with a video camera and first-person view. PowerUp FPV lets you experience flight as if you were sitting in the cockpit of your very own paper airplane. Using your smartphone with a head-mounted display (Google cardboard viewer included), you see what your plane sees, controlling your paper airplane with intuitive movements of your head. The Powerup FPV is iOS and Android compatible.

The PowerUp FPV travels at speeds up to 20 mph with approximately 10 minutes of continuous flight time. Auto-Pilot mode simplifies the flying process. The plane’s imbedded camera transmits a live video stream straight to the user’s smartphone with a range up to 300 ft. To make video streaming a reality, the company partnered with Parrot, makers of the AR.Drone and Minidrones, to leverage their expertise in WiFi streaming and drone controls.

PowerUp Toys chief Shai Goiten talks about proving people wrong. “When my friend said I couldn’t control a paper airplane with a smartphone, I sought to prove him wrong with our PowerUp 3.0,” he says. “When he said I couldn’t put a live-streaming camera on a paper airplane, I’ve again proved him wrong with PowerUp FPV. Now we are taking paper airplanes to new heights, and with the help of Parrot, are giving consumers the ability to see and feel the excitement of flying.”

This new gadget is available (preorder) for $199.99, and is expected to ship this August.

Drone: Shadow Strike Arrives on Android

Drone: Shadow Strike Arrives on Android

Oct 16, 2014

Commanding drones is the name of the game in Drone: Shadow Strike, and Reliance Games has just released this new game for Android users.

Per the official press release:

Command the battlefield from the skies with Reliance Games’ new covert aerial combat simulation and warfare game, Drone: Shadow Strike, arriving today on Google Play.

Drone: Shadow Strike transforms Android devices into pilot stations for the world’s most advanced unmanned vehicles of military superiority with simple and supremely precise touchscreen controls. Take command of the battlefield from high above the fray with an audacious arsenal of guns, missiles, rockets and bombs, each upgradeable for distinct effects in unique circumstances, as well as autoloaders, airstrikes, nukes and more.

Combining the tense action of a war game with the immersion, strategy and attention to detail of a simulator, Drone: Shadow Strike delivers a fully explored drone operator experience. Your FLIR (Forward looking Infrared) camera gives you an unparalleled view of everything below, which you’ll need to take on over 20 assault, defend and escort special ops assignments across four historically inspired campaigns. Climb the ranks from airman to general, tackling over 270 challenges with 50 achievements, and compete with friends around the world via Facebook and online leaderboards to bring the end to enemy combatants.

The game is available now for free (with in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

Source: Reliance Games Press Release]

KickStarter Spotlight: Drone

KickStarter Spotlight: Drone

Oct 30, 2013

With the recent advent of incredibly legitimate games for the ever more powerful smartphone and tablet market there has been a certain clamor for a mobile physical controller to offset the only drawback to playing a game on a giant touchscreen. Some curse the consoles for making us so reliable on these contraptions, but the fact remains that we, as a gaming culture, have become entirely dependent on console-quality controllers. 4 face buttons, a D-pad, start/select, and 2 joysticks, triggers, and bumpers. This is the foundation we have built for ourselves. So, instead of fighting, it is definitely easier to pony up small sum for a quality mobile controller. Now, obviously because the design is fairly set, and the demand is so high, there are a lot of startups who are looking to design the first flagship, go-to mobile controller, and we have even covered a few here. One worth keeping an eye on, however, is called Drone, and it is produced by Evolution Controllers out in Microsoft’s backyard in Redmond, WA.

So what does Drone have that other similar product’s do not? Well, for starters it supports a lot more devices than simply smartphones and tablets, and the build quality looks to be top of the line. The Drone comes in 7 different colors, including a personal favorite, matte black, and sports an Xbox configuration with the joystick placement (also a preference of mine). Another thing the Drone has going for it is the fact that it is completely open source; meaning that developers simply need to make their firmware available for download an the controller is instantly compatible. This makes the Drone a comparatively safer purchase as it is essentially ‘future-proof’. The Drone is also incredibly portable, coming in at about 5″x2.5″x1″, and with over 17 hours of battery life this is definitely something that can withstand a week of train rides to work.

It is looking that the drone will retail for $60 which is on the high end of the scale but is a fair price considering its feature set and quality. First, the Drone needs to complete its funding goal which, as of writing, is unfulfilled. So head on over to their KickStarter page and help the Drone controller become the new standard for quality mobile controllers.