Smartphone-Controlled Paper Airplane Soars on Kickstarter

 

Designing the perfect paper airplane — the one that flies the farthest and the fastest — is about to get easier.

Power Up 3.0, built by designer Shai Goitein, promises to give your basic paper model an upgrade, using a small attachable propeller and rudder for a little more speed and steering control.

The most impressive part of this flight enthusiast’s design is the Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to control your paper airplane via your smartphone with an accompanying app. Tilting your phone to the left or right allows you to turn your airplane as it flies a whopping 60 yards. The app also includes a compass, controls for thrust and readouts for battery life and range.

The project has soared past it’s $50,000 goal, even topping its increased $150,000 goal, allowing Goitein’s team to create both an iOS and Android version of the app. For $40, you can toss your old attempts at the perfect paper plane and reserve your own Power Up 3.0 on the Kickstarter page.

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