Kickstarter has turned into a most popular and wildly successful crowd-sourcing platform where project creators inspire people to open their wallets by offering products, benefits, and fun experiences. Now there is a new and an interesting project named “PowerUp 3.0 – Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane,” which is seeking fund through Kickstarter. What notable thing of this project is with 56 days in hand (as of writing), the project creators have collected more than 5 times of fund than pledged amount!
PowerUp 3.0 is a very smart module. PowerUp 3.0 has been developed by in collaboration with Shai Goitein, a pilot, aviator enthusiast as well as an industrial designer and TobyRich. However, PowerUp 3.0 is able to turn a paper airplane into an iPhone-controlled flying machine. So how does the PowerUp 3.0 work?
Well, first you need to attach the smart module to your paper plane with the patented clips underneath the smart module.Then you have to start the app to connect to the smart module with your iPhone via Bluetooth Low Energy (LE).
Now push throttle to full and launch the paper airplane high up into the sky. Tilt your smartphone to the left or to the right to steer your plane, increase or reduce throttle to go up or down.
Note that, the module is made from a crash-proof carbon fiber frame. Its lithium polymer battery provides 10 minutes of flight on one charge. Keeping yourself within 180 feet (55 meters), you can control the paper plane with your iPhone via PowerUp 3.0.
With 56 days left in hand (as of writing), the project creators have already collected an amount of $256,830 in pledged for $50,000. If you pledge $40, you will receive your own PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module when they ship next year. Here’s a video for you.