What do you get when you combine the simplicity of a paper plane with the technology of a drone? PowerUp Toys has partnered with Parrot to combine the two into a remote controlled paper drone, the PowerUp FPV. It is fully equipped with an engine, a camera and a wi-fi hotspot. Another bonus? Users will be able to experience the flight firsthand by using Google’s new virtual reality accessory, Google Cardboard. This seamless integration of basic materials, like paper and cardboard, with advanced as well as easily accessible technology has created a product that is intriguing and exciting.
Thanks to the many advancements of smartphone technology, video quality will not be sacrificed, which is often the case with drone footage. Drones available on the market typically fall into two categories. The first is dependent on analog signals to control the drone and stream footage. While the advantage is the ability to travel far distances, the quality of the footage is often sacrificed. Other drones can be controlled via the user’s smartphone, but these are typically unable to travel far distances and usually do not come with a camera.The wi-fi hotspot allows users to live stream footage from the fully rotating camera to their smartphones. The footage can then be uploaded to popular sites like YouTube and Vimeo for sharing.
The combination of PowerUp’s paper plane design with Parrot’s drone technology will create a drone that not only goes far, but provides the user with a high quality virtual reality experience. The product is not available on the market yet, but PowerUp is launching a Kickstarter in November to make it a reality. For more information on the PowerUpFPV and the Kickstarter campaign, check out PowerUp’s website. Be sure to contribute if you want to part-take in this fun.