A live-streaming, VR-compatible paper plane

With the PowerUp FPV you can experience being in the cockpit of an electronics-loaded paper and carbon-fibre aeroplane

PowerUp FPV, £129
PowerUp FPV, £129 | Image: Hugh Threlfall

Back in the summer, I reviewed a motorised and remotely controlled paper aeroplane, the PowerUp 3.0, promising I would soon introduce you to a more sophisticated version of this fun and interesting toy. Well, I’ve got my hands on it at last: the PowerUp FPV – the first paper plane with a live streaming camera and virtual reality. FPV stands for first person view, and with a smartphone and a £5.99 Google Cardboard VR headset you can, indeed, experience being in the cockpit of an electronics-loaded paper and carbon-fibre aeroplane you just made yourself in about 30 minutes. 

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As with the PowerUp 3, Shai Goitein, an Israeli industrial designer and inventor who raised more than $1m on Kickstarter to meet the challenge of creating a smartphone-controlled paper aircraft, gives brilliant video guidance on YouTube. This guy should be hauled before some professional body to apologise for the clarity and precision of his instructions – it’s just not the done thing. But the kit comes with sufficient cartridge paper to start over eight times if you mess up. And on a calm day, folded and balanced correctly and without too much WiFi interference nearby, it works wonderfully well. Fun for boys from eight to 80, as they used to say on such toys.

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