The paper airplane is more than a piece of folded paper that glides and turns before hitting the ground--it’s a classic part of growing up. We all made them, some that worked well and others that tanked immediately after takeoff.
They’re a low-tech fixture in a high-tech world, so when inventor and pilot Shai Goitein created a module that turns the classic paper airplane into a Bluetooth-enabled smart phone-controlled paper airplane, he risked stomping on nostalgia.
But the PowerUp 3.0 is so simple to understand that instead of messing with a classic they’ve brought renewed interest to the paper airplane, and just in time before every kid gives up their notepads for an iPad.
The beauty is in the integration of the technology. You fold the paper airplane the same way you always have, and the technology fits in to make it fly. It’s like making a new friend, you want someone who complements your life and makes it more enjoyable.
The PowerUp 3.0 includes one of the durable carbon fiber Bluetooth units along with instructions on how to fold the Nakamura lock paper airplane, which Shai calls one of the best and easiest paper airplanes to fold.
The app, which is already available in the iTunes store and will soon be available on the Android marketplace, works as a motion- detecting controller. Just shift the phone in your hand left and right to turn, and hit the throttle to increase your speed.
Since it’s a do-it-yourself toy, there are many different modifications you can make, from the design and size of the plane to colors for the style.
The PowerUp 3.0 is available for pre-order now on Kickstarter for $30 and will be widely available in the new year.