Controlling your paper planes from your smartphone? The lighthearted side of technology cannot get more gleeful than this. Tailor Toys LLC will introduce their so-named PowerUp 3.0, a smartphone-controlled flying contrivance in this year’s CES. The scope entails a special kit for paper-airplane conversion that allows you to make your own paper plane. You can then attach a smart module to the airplane, along with PowerUp’s patented clips. A dedicated smartphone app for Android and iOS connects to this module via Bluetooth, and lets you maneuver your paper construction on a remote basis.
Crafted from streamlined and sturdy carbon-fiber frame, the aforementioned smart module comprises of a front-end control unit and a rear-end rudder. The set-up is powered by a 1,000 mAh Lithium-ion battery that provides around 10 minutes of flight on a single charge with 180 ft range. The rudder system on the other hand allows precision control, thus endowing simpler navigation credentials when flying the paper plane.
As for the smartphone app of PowerUp 3.0, the interface replicates the pilot’s view (sort of) with rudimentary sky and clouds graphics. This complemented by a host of control features that includes – a throttle lever, a range indicator, a thrust level indicator, an artificial horizon, a battery level indicator and a charging status indicator. Users can both ascend and descend by pushing this throttle lever, while maneuvering the paper plane requires you to tilt your phone left or right.
The good news is that all of these cool features will see the ‘commercial’ light of the day, with PowerUp 3.0′s more than successful Kickstarter campaign (a whopping $861,368 is already pledged out of just $50,000 goal, with 23 days still to go). The smart paper plane will presumably retail for $40 – $50, and is expected to available from June of this year.
For more details, please refer to the Kickstarter product page.
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