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Paper airplanes get an upgrade with smartphone-powered engine

Power Up 3.0 allows you to fly a paper airplane for 10 minutes using your smartphone.

Image: Shai Goitein/YouTube

IF YOU’VE EVER made a paper airplane only to see it quickly plummet to the ground, there’s an app and device that will keep it in the air for longer.

PowerUp 3.0 solves this problem by giving your paper plane a specially designed motor so it will fly longer. Using bluetooth technology to sync it with your smartphone, you can steer the plane simply by tilting your phone.

Provided your piloting skills aren’t terrible, you can fly it for up to ten minutes before needing to charge again. Also, the device is made out of carbon fiber so it won’t break if you crash it.

The toy has been placed on fundraising site Kickstarter where it has raised its target of $50,000 in eight hours. At time of writing, it has raised more than $140,000 with 58 days to go.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about, here it is in action.

(Video: Shai Goitein/YouTube)

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