Here's the first-ever paper airplane with a live-streaming camera
Plus: Virtual reality goggles let you fly along for the ride.
What do you get when you add WiFi and a camera to your paper airplane? A very cool toy. Israel’s PowerUp Toys recently unveiled its latest creation, the PowerUp FPV, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
FPV stands for "First Person View." Launch the PowerUp app on your smartphone, put it inside a Google Cardboard head-mounted display, and you will be able to control the plane with intuitive movements of your head and see exactly what it sees.
The airplane is sold as a kit – the user has to fold the airplane themselves, and then add two carbon fiber frame rails through the center that connects the plane’s motor and propellers. The plane is launched by a simple swipe of a finger, and the fully rotating wide-view camera gives users a 360-degree cockpit experience.
The drone has a WiFi range of 219 yards, can fly up to 10 minutes at a time, and thanks to something called “AutoPilot Assist,” the PowerUp FPV is nearly impossible to crash.
Since it weighs only 2 ounces, the FPV doesn’t have to conform to Federal Aviation Authority drone regulations.
“When we were younger, we were inspired to create, to experiment and play," said Goitein, who's an alumnus of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel. "Now, we're bringing today's technology to where it all began – paper airplanes – to create something truly remarkable. We're giving imagination real wings, and letting people experience flight in a way they only dreamed about.”
PowerUp Toys partnered with drone manufacturer Parrot to develop the toy, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce it. The campaign ended in early January after raising nearly 500% of its goal. The PowerUp FPV is now available for pre-order on the company’s website.
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