About this project
Thanks to all our backers for making PowerUp FPV a reality!
Funding has ended on Kickstarter, but you can visit poweruptoys.com to order a PowerUp FPV and many more products from our collection.
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Well, sort of. It’s you, flying atop your very own paper airplane... It’s PowerUp FPV: the first ever paper airplane drone with a live streaming camera!
PowerUp FPV lets you experience flight as if you were sitting in the cockpit of your very own paper airplane. Wearing your smartphone with a head-mounted display (Google cardboard viewer included), you see what your plane sees, controlling your paper drone with intuitive movements of your head.
We teamed up with the leading minds at Parrot® to create the world's most incredible live streaming technology, giving you the thrill and exhilaration of flying up to 300 feet in the air! Pledge today and join us in experiencing flight like you never have before. It’s about to get real - really, really real - and we hope you come along for the ride!
There are 3 options to control your drone:
With PowerUp FPV you can create your own drone designs. Faster? More control? Aerobatics? you decide.
When we met the Parrot team this year at CES, we had a burning desire to join forces. As the brilliant creators of the AR Drone and paving the way in Wi-Fi streaming technologies, there is no partner we’d rather have than Parrot to help develop a high-quality streaming experience for our product. We’re thrilled to say that Parrot accepted the challenge, and with their Wi-Fi and live streaming know-how, we created a state-of-the-art board built for your paper airplane. PowerUp FPV’s quality, durability and seamless streaming is no joke. In fact, it’s seriously awesome. Now you can have the first ever paper airplane drone with a live streaming camera.
International Backers: We will ship PowerUp FPV worldwide. Please note that you may be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region.
2 years ago, we launched a Kickstarter to bring the first ever smartphone-controlled paper plane to the world. With over 21,000 backers, many late nights, and even more early mornings, we delivered just that with PowerUp 3.0. Today, we need your help to take our high-flying (and highly ambitious) FPV paper drones to the next level. Join us in pushing the limits of paper planes - and the human imagination - even further with PowerUp FPV!
We’ve tested our product, and we’re confident that PowerUp FPV will blow minds. But we’re far from getting this little wonder onto shelves. With your help, we can send PowerUp FPV into production with the best manufacturing tools. (We wouldn’t do it any other way.) Save up to 20% off retail price and be the first to fly with PowerUp FPV.
JDH Sourcing Management Ltd. - Sourcing, Certification, Quality Control.
Tross Creative - Marketing Strategy and Creative.
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Risks and challenges
This isn't our first rodeo and we learned some great things from our last Kickstarter. Shipping is difficult and some countries will likely have delayed receving thanks to customs. Also, as our products are manufactured in a factory, we're subject to normal manufacturing delays, including national holidays. However, since we launched our last product, we have already identified the best producers, shipping agents and local manufacturing partners to help us deliver the product as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No need to register, PowerUp FPV weight is less than 70 grams, the FAA requires drones that weigh more 250 grams to be registered.
The app is compatible with iPhone 5.0 and greater and with Android smartphones featuring a screen of 4 inches and up using an OS of 4.3 or greater. Tablet can be used only in Gamepad mode.
Yes once the campaign ends we will send out a survey using BackerKit, there you will be able to add additional accessories like batteries, spares etc..
The camera is manually rotated according to the flight mode you choose before flight. In FPV mode you need to face the front so you see where you are flying. In Gamepad mode you can rotate the camera in any direction before flight and record videos and still photography during flight. After you land you can download over Wifi the videos and edit them into a one cool flight video worth sharing. We will also have a mic that will record the sounds during flight. Currently no plan for an internal servo, we are trying to keep cost and battery consumption to the minimum.
Kickstarter allows you to choose one reward, we created a few additional rewards that have multiples - Family package 2X PowerUp FPV and the Drone Racing Package 6X powerUp FPV. If you would like to add additional rewards, simply 'up' your pledge. All non-U.S. backers please add the cost for international shipping once for the highest reward only. When the Kickstarter campaign is over, we will send you a BackerKit survey asking you exactly what rewards you want and verifying your shipping cost and address.
The holy grail of FPV is low latency - minimal delay between your control command and what you see though the viewer. Commercial FPV systems with low latency cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, with PowerUp FPV we wanted to create an affordable digital sollution streaming over Wifi directly to your smartphone and with a range of up to 300 feet all this while keeping the latency low and with high video frame rate up to 30 FPS. That is why we chose a VGA camera where we can tradeoff long distance flight while keeping a contineous high frame rate FPV. In the setting screen of the app you get to choose between video quality versus low latency. In Gamepad mode you can use the rotating camera capture option, in this case we recomend to use the highest video quality for capture and sharing. In FPV mode we recomend to use the lowest latency option which is essentially designed for optimal viewing during flight.
The PowerUP FPV is similar to the professional FPV headsets which duplicates and stream the video image from the on board camera to the left and right eye providing an immersive flight experience. Although the image is not 3D, the dynamic video stream does provide a sense of depth to the user.
My shipping address has changed – how can I update my Kickstarter profile to ensure my reward makes it to me?
During the campaign you should change the address on Kickstarter.com. After the campaign ends we will send a survay using a system called Backerkit, here you can update your address just before we ship the reward to you.
The thrust to weight ratio of the PowerUP FPV is over 1:1. This makes PowerUP FPV an over-powered beast which allows for some steep ascending and fun aerobatic manoeuvres.
The drone will automatically reduce thrust and descend for a soft landing in any event of communication loss. The onboard high intensity buzzer will automatically beep till you locate your drone.
Yes! PowerUp FPV is designed to fly easily in windy conditions. The wind limitation is about 10 Knots (17 MPH 18 KMH)
The PowerUp FPV is steered using differential thrust between the propellers - control is done easily by sliding your right thumb left or right on the screen (gamepad mode) or by tilting your head right or left (FPV mode), ascending & descending is achieved by increasing or decreasing both propeller speed - onscreen control by sliding your left thumb up or down (game pad mode) or nodding your head up or down (FPV mode).
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