Nowadays, Paper Airplanes Are Smartphone Controlled

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Toymaker Power Up seems to have brushed off any taunts of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ on their way to revolutionising the paper glider – a toy whose wide-scale manufacturing was first recorded in Japan in 500BCE.

According to creator Shai Goitein: “The PowerUp Dart converts your pastime homemade paper airplane into an aerobatic smartphone-controlled paper plane that can do 3D tricks like loops, barrel rolls, and spins in midair.

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“Normal paper planes can fly just a few seconds; the PowerUp can fly up to 10 minutes on a charge. It can also take off and land from the ground. The free app connects instantly to the detachable Dart control module.

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“Thanks to Bluetooth smart connectivity, tilting the phone controls the direction of the flight, and added thrust controls the ascent, descent, and tricks,” says Goitein.

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At present, the PowerUp Dart is available for pre-order on Kickstarter where, at time of writing, it has received $368,801 of its $25,000 goal! Prices start at $29, with shipping set to take place in December.
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