Making paper planes and “flying” them was one of the simplest, but greatest joys of children who lived before the digital age. But now, who says you can’t marry both? We now have a Kickstarter project for the world’d first paper airplane drone with a live camera. The PowerUp FPV (first person viewing) lets you experience what it’s like to actually be on that paper plane swooshing through the air for like forever. Or at least 10 minutes at the most.
The PowerUp FPV was developed by PowerUp Toys and Parrot to create this project that will thrill those of us who had childhood dreams of actually flying on the paper planes we created as well as give another generation a virtual experience of flying through the air. The plane is equipped with a wide-angle camera so you can stream your flight onto your smartphone or Google Cardboard. You can even use it to create the ultimate selfie as you get the rear-view shot when you launch it.
The plane has a 300ft WiFi live streaming range and you can capture the photos and videos. You can upload them directly as well to your Facebook, YouTube, or other video sharing service. The plane can be controlled in a number of ways. You can have a head mounted display, like Cardboard, and you can tilt your head lightly wherever you want it to go. You can also manual touch control your paper plane through an app on your smartphone. Or if you feel like giving up control, you can set it to full autopilot or auto pilot assist. You can get 10 minutes of continuous flight out of this plane.
PowerUP FPV has already reached its funding goal of $100,000 with 57 days more to go in the campaign which launched just on November 10. If you’d still like to support it and get your own, the lowest you can pay is $159 to get the FPV itself.
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