Drones Meet Virtual Reality – Experience It For Yourself.

powerup fpv virtual reality dronesWhat 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.

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Finding Your Drone

There are plenty of options available in the drone market. As new companies continue to hop on board, the market for drones is only going to grow and options will be plentiful. While some consumers may be hesitant to hand over hundreds of dollars for a quality drone, you can currently find a select few quality drones for less than a few hundred dollars. Some of the cheaper options are as follows:

EYE One Xtreme Aerial Photography Set by RC Logger – $279

Ben Sheehy Denver CO EYE One Xtreme Aerial Photography Set by RC LoggerOne of the cheapest available drones is the EYE One Xtreme. The basic model offers a standard HD camera with 720p HD video resolution and 5 megapixels for still images. Another great feature of the EYE One Xtreme is its distinct flight modes – beginner, sport, and advanced. With a 2.4 GHz transmitter, the drone offers a range of 400 feet and approximately 7 minutes of flight time.

QR Ladybird V2 – $220

ben sheehy denver colorado QR Ladybird V2If you are looking to purchase a drone that is easy to use and built for beginners, then the Ladybird is built for you. What it lacks in power, it more than makes up for in user ability and style. For starters, the Ladybird is a flying lady bug – it was built to look like a lady bug, and it was built for maneuverability. The Ladybird includes a 200 MP video camera that can stream live video, though it does not record.

Quanum Nova – $319

ben sheehy denver colorado Quanum NovaThe Quanum Nova, also known as the Cheerson CX-20, has gained a lot of popularity as a customizable quadcopter. While the drone does not include a camera, users have the option to buy and install their own. A major plus of this product is the ability to connect the camera to the integrated gimbal control, which allows you to adjust the tilt and roll functions, giving you a multitude of video angles. GPS capabilities are another exciting feature on this model, enabling position and altitude hold, waypoint navigation, and return-home functionality. The Cheerson CX-20 has a range of approximately 300 meters and around 15 minutes of flight time.