We’ve all made paper planes as kids, and sometimes even as adults when there’s just nothing better to do. The fun part about making a paper plane is not only trying to make it look cool, but also trying to design it in such a way that it will fly straight and true, as opposed to spiraling down to obvious death. Well it looks like there’s a Kickstarter project that has been recently launched that will be taking paper planes to whole new heights, both figuratively and literally. The device is called Power Up 3.0 and it is designed to give the classic paper plane an upgrade by attaching a propeller and a rudder to allow more air time, speed, and control. Designed by Shai Goitein, the paper plane can be controlled via your smartphone through an accompanying app, which will pair with the Power Up 3.0 via Bluetooth connectivity. By attaching Power Up 3.0 to your paper plane, it should allow it to fly a good 60 yards, as well as control it by turning left or right. As it stands the Kickstarter project has managed to raise over $300,000 at this time of writing, well above and beyond its original goal of $50,000, and with over 50 days to go, we have to wonder how much more money it will be able to raise by then. If you’re looking to relive your childhood with the added bonus of some technological benefits.
The Power Up 3.0 comes with inbuilt Bluetooth smart technology that lets you control your paper airplane via your smartphone with an accompanying app. The user can tilt there phone to left or right to control the plane even at 60 yards. The app comes with a compass, controls for thrust and readouts for battery life and range. The device comes has a crash proof fiber frame and comes with precision control for easy flying. It has a Lithium Polymer battery that provides 10 minute of flight on a single charge.
To use the device users have to fold a piece of copier paper into a paper airplane and attach the Smart Module to it with the patented clips underneath the Smart Module. Users need to start the app to connect to the Smart Module with your iPhone. Then just push throttle to full and launch the paper airplane high up into the sky. Users can tilt your smartphone to the left or to the right to control your plane, to go up or down and increase or reduce throttle.
The Smart Module works with iPad Mini, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 4S for now. The designers are working towards making the app available for iOS and Android soon.