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Kickstarter Raises nearly $1 Million to Create the Next Generation of Paper Airplanes

January 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

We realize that Santa is hanging out in the islands, relaxing after a busy holiday season, so we’re not exactly ready to send off a letter fir Christmas 2013 just yet. However, we do already know what we want, and it’s one of these snazzy devices from the minds of the folks over at PowerUp.

The PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane is exactly what it sounds like. It’s basically a toy airplane for both big kids and little kids that you can control with your mobile device. They’re raising money for their (awesome) idea on Kickstarter, and we’re far from the only ones that want one. Apparently they’ve raised nearly $915,000 and that is way, way more than the $50,000 that they initially set as a goal.

The basic model is expected to cost just around $30. The thing includes a little bitty computer device about the size of a quarter, and within it there’s Bluetooth connectivity. A carbon fiber frame is where the propeller gets its power, and from there you can take off, descend, and do all kinds of other airplane tricks. One charge should get you around 10 minutes of air time, and you should be able to control things from up to 180-feet away or so.

Those getting behind the idea will receive their airplane as soon as May, but for everyone else it will probably become available in June. That’s prefect for us, as that will give everyone about six months to get us one for the holidays.

[Photo: Official Site/PowerUp]

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