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CES 2016 Reveal PowerUp Drone As The Lightest Drone Ever

January 7
7:08 AM 2016

Every year in January, technology enthusiasts and business people come to Las Vegas to observe the latest technology advancement in consumer technology and electronic product. This year, one of the highlight is drone in various size and type. From many drones, PowerUp stand out as the lightest drone.

Time Magazine reported an event related to CES known as drone rodeo. The annual event tool place in Clark County Shooting Park, a 40 minutes drive from Las Vegas Convention Center, the CES venue. Time Magazine took note of three most impressive drones and its technology.

First is an Avegant Glyph slick new virtual reality headset, that enable people to pilot drone and getting a first-person view from the aircraft. The VR headset is able to fly and control the DJI drone model using head movement. Another one was 3D Robotics Solo, introduced as the only drone in the world to officially work with GoPro camers.

GoPro is a company specializes to develop action camera and famous for its Hero camera series for action video and photography. While Solo is dubbed as the smartest drone and marketeted for aerial photography purpose built by drone maker, 3D Robotics. The quadcopter drone is powered by Smart Shots, a high flying navigation system running on Linux that is easy to program the flying route for aerial video shoot.

The last one is the smallest drone from PowerUp Toys, that looks like a paper airplane. Although it looked like a paper airplane, PowerUp FPV is a fully functional drone.

CEO of PowerUp Toys Shai Goitein told PR NewsWire, "We're truly pushing the envelope of what people remember of their favorite childhood paper airplanes," Furthermore, regarding its drone that resembled a paper airplane, "When we were younger, we were inspired to create, to experiment and play. 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."

CNet reported that PowerUp FPV is a live streaming paper airplane drone that is part origami masterpiece, part VR experience and all fun. The drone is made of heavy-duty paper, with a rod that runs down the centre, connecting the propellers at the back to the motor at the front. Users can fly the drone using smarphone and connect the drone via Wi-Fi.

For more exciting experience, PowerUp has provided FPV (first-person view) headset to control its drone using a head movement, which can also use Google Cardboard or any VR device. Owner of PowerUp drone does not need to register its drone to FAA because it only weighs 2 ounces, while according to FAA regulations, drone with minimum 8 ounces weight have to be registered.

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