Remember the days when paper planes were innocent, impromptu sources of joy and sometimes chaos, which could carry either a word of love or a ticket to detention? Well those days are long gone as today’s paper planes can be armed to the teeth. Not exactly with weapons (though sometimes that too) but with cameras that can sometimes do as much damage. Taking their craft beyond version 3.0 two years ago, PowerUp FPV promises a more professional looking paper airplane drone equipped with a camera for your VR enjoyment.

To be fair, however, the PowerUp FPV is a paper airplane in only the most basic sense. The body that gives it shape and aerodynamics is definitely paper, but it’s not your grandfather’s paper plane. The PowerUp FPV houses a front electronic module with a VGA camera, two rear propellers and a carbon fiber frame. You can throw it the traditional way of throwing a paper airplane, but once in the air, the similarities end there. After all, have you ever heard of a paper airplane controlled by a VR headset?

The PowerUp FPV is both similar and different from other camera drones. The camera, for example, is designed with 360-degree freedom of movement, so that it can be turned not only forward but also anywhere. At the same time, however, the video feed is more optimized for a virtual reality experience, preferably with another paper-based contraption like Google Cardboard.

To achieve this feat, PowerUp has teamed up with drone manufacturer Parrot, whose expertise in materials and cameras will prove invaluable. In fact, you could almost say that PowerUp FPV is essentially a drone in the clothes of a paper airplane. We’ll have to wait and see if this becomes a more affordable alternative to a full-fledged personal drone. It could, however, be more fun for its novelty.

The PowerUp FPV is expected to hit Kickstarter in 25 days. The estimated retail price once the paper airplane drone becomes available could be around $ 200.



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