Through a collaboration with Parrot, PowerUp Toys has unveiled what it says is the only first-person-view (FPV) paper-airplane drone.
PowerUp FPV embeds a camera to transmit a live video stream – with a range of up to 300 feet – to users’ Google Cardboard or other smartphone-powered, head-mounted display (HMD). The drone travels at speeds up to 20 mph and offers up to 10 minutes of flight time.
The device’s ultra-wide-angle rotating camera can capture and stream forward-facing, rear-view and wing-view photos and video. Users can control their flight using their HMD or the PowerUp app’s on-screen controls.
“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,” explains Shai Goitein, CEO of PowerUp Toys. “When he said I couldn’t put a live-streaming camera on a paper airplane, I’ve again proven 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.”
PowerUp FPV will be available for pre-orders this November on Kickstarter and for general retail in summer 2016. The product is currently priced at $199, with both early-bird and general discounts offered for Kickstarter backers. This project follows the company’s successful campaign for the PowerUp 3.0 smartphone-controlled paper airplane.
Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot, says, “PowerUp has created incredibly innovative products – bringing smartphone controls to simple paper airplanes. We are providing Shai’s team with our streaming and software control technologies to help create the first-ever paper airplane with a camera and live streaming. I wish them a very successful Kickstarter campaign.”