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PowerUp 3.0 turns your self-made paper airplane into a smartphone-controlled flying machine
PowerUp 3.0 turns your self-made paper airplane into a smartphone-controlled flying machine
PowerUp 3.0 turns your self-made paper airplane into a smartphone-controlled flying machine
21,412 backers pledged $1,232,612 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi backers,

We’re really flattered that almost 9,000 of you have backed our project. You guys are really awesome! Thanks for all the support!!

We’re currently approaching the $500,000 mark and we’ll probably cross it in a couple of hours. You know what that means? We’ve achieved our funding goal by 1000%. Wow! All this only thanks to you, our fans and backers.

1) The PowerUp 3.0 iOS app

Lately, we’ve been very busy putting the final touch on our iOS app. We can finally say that we’ve finished developing it and that it’s available in Apple’s App Store as of today! Feel free to download it here: and play with it and test it out… and of course: show it to your friends and let us know what they say. Is anything missing? What would you like to add? Did I mention that the app is absolutely free?

On the PowerUp Facebook Page we give an exclusive insight into how the app was actually made. Make sure to like our Page and follow the news.

2) Stretch goals

Our call to keep the stretch goals coming in was a full success! We’ve received countless creative ideas for new stretch goals so far. That’s why we’ve decided to extend the deadline so you can send us even more of your marvelous stretch goal ideas.

So, in this update, we wanna know from you: Which SOFTWARE-only stretch goals would you like to see in PowerUp 3.0? This time, focus on the smartphones and on everything around the PowerUp 3.0 app. We can’t wait to check out your ideas!

Finally, here’s how we will decide on which stretch goals we will consider: On Tuesday, December 17 we’re gonna shortlist 10 ideas we think we are able to actually put into reality. From those 10 ideas, we’ll let YOU choose which stretch goal we will introduce.

Keep those stretch goal ideas coming in! And don’t forget to share our project with your friends.


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    1. Richard G. Khalifé on December 24, 2013

      Hi there, first of all, best wishes for the holiday season and a great and successful 2014. I'm a little panicking here, because I ordered one Power Up, without checking if it will work with my Note 2. Will it end up in my drawer, token of a decision taken on impulse?

    2. Mathieu GHENNASSIA on December 11, 2013

      I would rather have a better autonomy than have a camera

    3. Mathieu GHENNASSIA on December 11, 2013

      GitHub both applications.

    4. Braldt on December 10, 2013

      More communication PLEASE!!!!!!!

    5. Eduardo Gonzales on December 10, 2013

      Where i can find The plane controller?I'm downloding your app,but How can i try it with a paper plane?I thought you'll send a copy for backers...

    6. TanC on December 10, 2013

      Like someone previously mentioned in the comments, I also vote for a classic touch-screen controller-style and not using the accelerometer only to control the plane. Perhaps an "up arrow" to indicate increased power as long as the button is pressed and the standard "left" and "right" arrow to turn the plane.

      I'm planning on making a makeshift landing gear with paperclip so that it could land properly...I hope the motor's powerful enough to support the additional weight. :P

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      Rene S Jensen on December 9, 2013

      It would be great if you could control it with Myo

    8. Donald P on December 9, 2013

      You have a great idea. The product should sell itself without any add ons.

      Though for stretch goals, maybe you could have options for premium holofoil or metalic lined paper.
      Another idea would be to have a website that allows people to design mail order custom detailing and custom text on the paper on templates with folding lines included, and charge to create prints on high quality paper in color.

    9. Edward Calderhead on December 8, 2013

      Great, except my phone runs android.
      so any news on the android app please?

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      Paul Slak on December 8, 2013

      Windows Phone App would be nice

    11. Anne on December 8, 2013

      Can you please provide an update on the time line for development and release of the Android app? I think this will answer all the Android questions posted. Thanks!

    12. Travis on December 8, 2013

      I second Denis Surkov's comment. A possible easier dog fight alternative:

      "But, if its imposible to do with lasers, how about just "catch me" variant? One plane could get in radius of other to win (should be possible with the help of BT4, or not...?)".
      If this is possible.

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      EugeneA on December 8, 2013

      Blah! App not compatible with iOS prior to 6.1, this is a deal breaker for me. Not a fan of ios 7 and jailbroken at ios 5

    14. gary bass on December 7, 2013

      Well done, so far.
      Expectations are high in this community.

      I'm in Southern Hemisphere, compass has reversed this a design feature I have misunderstood? Facing east - app indicates west

    15. Steve Sabram on December 7, 2013

      The app looks great. When is the Framework for this released for the Hacker Package? Looking forward to powering up Xcode and connecting with this! Yes, I have an MFi contract number user with several IOS Bluetooth already completed.

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      Andre Bowen on December 7, 2013

      The app compass is back to front for me....
      When i point east it says W 270
      When I point west it says E 90

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      Andre Bowen on December 7, 2013

      I vote for an app redesign, something to match the smarts of the plane hardware.

      Or even better.... open up the app, so others can make it better in both form and function.

    18. ZarK on December 7, 2013

      What's the stretch goal limits? You are very late here - most projects announce stretch goals WAAAY earlier than at 1000%! The first thing you should do is to commit to the limits for the next three goals, instead of just pushing it forward. You could announce the actual rewards later. You do not seem to be really appreciative of the great success you have had so far, and unwilling to give something back for people's effort in sharing your project. Good Kickstarter projects are two-sided where you both give and receive.

    19. Tamas Biro-Morgenstern on December 7, 2013

      The design of the iPhone app needs to be reviewed. Sorry guys, you are doing a great job but the app is just ugly.

      BR from Germany

    20. A Krishnam Raju on December 7, 2013

      @Matthew Champine. Love your ideas.

    21. A Krishnam Raju on December 7, 2013

      Also like someone said. When the plane reaches the outer zone limit it should be programmed to turn back in to the zone automatically else it will be lost and I cannot afford to loose my plane.

    22. A Krishnam Raju on December 7, 2013

      Panic! guys I use Nexus 4. Will there be the same app available on Google Play Store?

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      Alex on December 7, 2013

      People below talking about Android, they are going to make the App, it was the last stretch goal.
      People talking about return to sender, that probably can't be done effectively without adding GPS on to the board
      I think you should make it able to fly without a phone, maybe for if it doesn't have charge.
      Another thing would be making it open sourced or having a Sec available.
      Being able to control two planes with one phone, if it is possible, would be cool because you could have two of the devices on one plane.
      You could also make it possible to control with other ways, maybe with a Pebble.
      Being able to look at the telemetry would be cool.
      So yeah, those are my ideas.

    24. boaz furst on December 7, 2013

      What about Android app?

    25. Matthew Champine on December 7, 2013

      Software: Automatic return to pilot if out of range or critical low power.
      Automatic flight patterns (circle, ellipse, figure 8, etc) that would let you fly in situations not conducive to ease of control (drunk, high, groping, etc)

      Hardware: External power adapter for future paper/printable battery.
      Airship adapter for attachment to helium ballon

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      Rob on December 7, 2013

      Small camera to make a picture or film from te app. Stored on the phone or microSD

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      Sham on December 7, 2013

      Opening up the app for development sounds like a great idea

    28. Eric Schwarz on December 7, 2013

      It would be really cool if you looked into a balsa wood airplane frame that we could attach this too

    29. Jacopo Bassan on December 7, 2013

      Opensource the app, it needs a better design for sure.

      Or maybe even an SDK.

      With that developers can help and add nice features like controller-style pilot (not accelerometer only), autopilot and develop all new games for it.

    30. Chris Van Wyk on December 7, 2013

      I'm voting for an SDK as well. Both iOS and Android.

    31. Denis Surkov on December 7, 2013

      I know it was said enought. But we reeeally need some way to have a dog fights.
      But, if its imposible to do with lasers, how about just "catch me" variant? One plane could get in radius of other to win (should be possible with the help of BT4, or not...?)

    32. Faiq Hussain on December 7, 2013

      hmmm Just to be sure, there is an android version as well right? also still like the plot a course idea.

    33. Denis Surkov on December 7, 2013

      Muslim Ali
      I think iPhone4 is useless for you, it doesn't have Bluetooth4.

    34. Scott Jenson on December 7, 2013

      I would put API/Android into the same bucket. The best goal is to just build an Android app. Yes, you can only really do it on JellyBean+ devices that this number is growing quickly. If you are REALLY strapped or REALLY don't want to do it, at least put a little work into the API. Recall that Foursquare released an API and someone else did the android app.

      In fact, I would think releasing the API would be good for BOTH platforms as people will likely go nuts and do all sorts of fun stuff with the app.

      I'd even consider open sourcing the app and letting the hacker community help you improve both platforms.

    35. Mike DeSanctis on December 7, 2013

      Game Center integration. Even though it is not a "game", you can still put in leaderboards for things like: total number of flights, maximum velocity achieved, total distance travelled and total flight time - and achievements for things like: complete a vertical loop, and perfect landings (I assume you can measure how much force is applied when it hits the ground). Game Center then automatically allows me to use these achievements and leaderboards to challenge my friends.

      I would also like iCloud syncing, so that I can use any of my devices, but have the same set of statistics synced up - and most importantly: backed up.

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      Muslim Alim on December 7, 2013

      App not compatible with iPhone 4 ;(

    37. Rob Walrond on December 7, 2013

      Wow great work guys! One small request though. Please design an App icon that's more attractive.

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      Bjoern Brauer on December 7, 2013

      Make the iOS and Android apps open source on github. Or at least the protocol, so I could write my own app.

    39. Prashant Vaibhav on December 7, 2013

      Android users, please be respectful and reasonable in your comments.

    40. Jackson Luis on December 7, 2013

      Make an Android app. You have plenty of money. If you dont you'll lose customers and just be assholes. You better make an android app.

    41. Remco Brink on December 7, 2013

      Software only stretch goals: Autopilot, ability to return to location of person controlling the plane, automatic landing on low battery, ability to export flight statistics (height, speed, duration of flight, location).

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      MichaelS on December 7, 2013

      Hey guys. Concerned that you are 1000% over and waiting to announce stretch goals. The longer you wait the more people opt in the less chance of reaching a stretch goal. Why not announce the $$ goal now with the reward later. Seems a little one sided.

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      Max on December 7, 2013

      I would like to see documentations being available on how to control the PowerUp 3.0 so that I can write a controller for my laptop with an appropriate BlueTooth dongle (I currently do not own a device able to control a PowerUp 3.0 although I really should get one before may...). I look forward to flying my first plane.

    44. Animesh Nandi on December 7, 2013

      Where is the link for Android app?? Don't want to buy an iPhone just for this. :D

    45. Ls Song on December 7, 2013

      Autopilot and Android!

    46. Chad Kovac on December 7, 2013

      There will be an Android app also right?