Paper Planes Become Cheap Drones

By Tom Allen
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PowerUp FPV is a project that recently – and quickly – beat its funding goal on Kickstarter, by almost 300%. The toy, built in collaboration with drone maker Parrot, is a propeller and camera rig, which can be attached to a paper plane. Yes, a normal paper plane that anyone can fold (although using something a bit more rigid than a sheet of A4). The rig attaches to the plane and can keep it airborne for up to 10 minutes per charge – while streaming a live video feed to your smartphone from up to 300m away. Control is possible through an app or, cleverly, a Cardboard-like VR headset (tilting the head to change direction).