The PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane was invented by Shai Goitein after creating a motorized version. It took two years to design but he came up with the world’s first Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane.
This plane is for kids young and old and it’s fun for the whole family, so let’s see how it works.
The PowerUp Toys Company is the producer of the toys and supplied the following specs:
- 10 min. flight on a charge
- Charging time – 25-30 minutes
- Range over 180f /55M
- Flight speed – 5 MPH
- Weight 0.5 oz/14 grams including airplane!
Inside the box is everything you need to made the airplane work including paper and airplane designs that you can use.
As you can see from the picture below the motor itself is quite small but powerful.
When you first open the box, even before you make the plane, stick your engine onto to charge with the USB cable provided. You can connect it to anything that will accept a USB port.
While this is charging up, now is the time to make the paper airplane. There are numerous designs but the ones that are recommended are the Invader as being the easiest and 3 others.
Folding up the plane is easy as on the paper sheets there are lines and dots to follow to get the perfect plane ready for flight.
They have an elevator built in on each wind as well as a rudder at the bottom which you cut out after you assemble the plane.
The elevators are responsible for moving the plane up or down and the rudder moves it from left to right.
Before you start, put your phone to flight mode so there aren’t any interruptions. Also, you need to activate blue tooth on your phone.
Next, start up the Power-Up app and do what is called a touch and go. Literally, touch your plane to the phone and it sync’s the two together.
Once you start up the app you will see an artificial horizon on your smartphone. Check to see that your power level is full, become acquainted with the controls that are needed to operate the paper airplane.
Check your rudder to make sure that it is operating properly and not catching on the paper at the back of the airplane. You can do this by turning the phone to the left and the rudder will turn to the left.
Test and Test Again
You want your airplane to fly true and straight, so it’s best if you test it before you try it with the motor.
The airplane will need to be launched directly into the wind.
If on the test flight your airplane stalls lower the elevator a little bit.
If it does a nose dive, raise the elevators up.
Test Drive With Motor
Now it’s time for the test drive with the motor. In order to get used to using your phone and paper airplane, it’s important that for the first flight that you keep your phone horizontal and steady.
Launch the airplane with a gentle forward motion and adjust any flight problems it might have. The above information may sound complicated, but it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4.
Here is a review of the invention and you can see it in action.
This plane is now available on Amazon after it got direct funding from the Kickstart program.
You can check it out here if you want to read some of the reviews.