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.
PowerUp Toys announced the release of the Powerup FPV, the worldâ€™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 planeâ€™s imbedded camera transmits a live video stream straight to the userâ€™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. â€œWhen my friend said I couldnâ€™t control a paper airplane with a smartphone, I sought to prove him wrong with our PowerUp 3.0,â€ he says. â€œWhen he said I couldnâ€™t put a live-streaming camera on a paper airplane, Iâ€™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.â€
This new gadget is available (preorder) for $199.99, and is expected to ship this August.