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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.

Tooling Starts!


Hi backers!

1) Android App

Now that we’ve launched the PowerUp 3.0 iOS app, we’re super-focused on developing the Android app and meeting the production schedule.

The first release of our iOS app was published last week — check it out here on iTunes:

How do you like it so far?

Also check out the updated production plan that includes the development of the Android app:

2) Tooling & Manufacturing

We’re totally blown away by the demand for the PowerUp 3.0 and have managed to kick off production sooner than expected in order to meet our production schedule and get the finished product to our 10,000-plus backers! Most product-based Kickstarter campaigns wait until the end of their funding period to begin manufacturing.

Production starts with tool-making. After the tools are made, we can start the process of injection-molding the PowerUp 3.0 plastic parts.

Thanks to your incredible support, our manufacturing partners are getting the tooling ready today! We expect the first injected parts to be ready late next week, thanks to our record-breaking manufacturing partners who are helping to make this happen.

This tool is ready to form tens of thousands of propellers.
This tool is ready to form tens of thousands of propellers.

At the same time, we’ve sent our order for the long-lead items — PowerUp 3.0 Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) with the Bluetooth Smart chip. These are the items that take the longest to produce and can create bottlenecks in production if not ordered on time.

Check out a video of the tooling and PCB manufacturing process on our Facebook Page to see it in action!

Thanks for backing and don’t forget to share our project with your friends!


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    1. Creator Jon Cohan on December 11, 2013

      @Prashant Vaibhav: Thank you - worked like a charm!

    2. Creator Prashant Vaibhav on December 11, 2013

      @Jon Cohan: iPad 3 works. To find the app on the App Store on an iPad, you have to change "iPad only" on top left of search result page to "iPhone" otherwise the app store doesn't show any results!!

    3. Creator Jon Cohan on December 11, 2013

      The iOS version is not supporting either my iPod Touch 4 or my iPad 3. I am not planning on getting a smartphone. Will you be offering a fix for either of these devices or does your software rely on an active cell phone connection?

    4. Creator Eric Albert on December 10, 2013

      The app is intuitive and seems to be the perfect interface for the device. Could there be some "tweaks" to controls, such as a beginner's / expert mode (slower / full rate changes to throttle/rudder) or some means to tune the response?

      And I love the camera comment below. Or maybe a small sensor of some sort - or at least a data provision for it that can be exploited later.

    5. Creator Francesco on December 10, 2013

      That is a great idea. If I change my pledge to a. Hacker pack, can I add to it a small pcb? I could add a small low resolution camera to it!

    6. Creator Teofilo Jrade on December 10, 2013

      It will be awesome if you can make one vertion of the Paper Airplane with a little camera that can record the lattest flight and see it on The PowerUp 3.0 iOS app.
      Or that you can watch live the flight from the camera of the Paper Airplane on the Iphone and also see the controls of the The PowerUp 3.0 iOS app.

    7. Creator Faiq Hussain on December 10, 2013

      awesome! I agree can't wait to see the android app!

    8. Creator Daan Kets on December 10, 2013

      Very nice to see these regular updates! Keep that going!

    9. Creator Josh Olsen on December 10, 2013

      Can't wait to see the Android app! This is going to be so cool when it's done.

      Though, you do realize it's spelled "Alpha" not "Alfa". . .

    10. Creator Daniel on December 10, 2013

      I guess production start means that it is less likely that we see an improvement on the hardware side as a stretch goal.... That would actually be really disappointing. Because I really like the idea of a small camera or some of the other suggestion in regards to hardware that were made.

    11. Creator Dale Rorabaugh on December 10, 2013

      Love all the details!

    12. Creator Apollo Castillo on December 10, 2013

      I loved the visual timeline, even if only tentative! I wish more projects would do this! Keep up the good work!

    13. Creator MF Calub on December 10, 2013

      Thanks for a thorough update and showing us your timetable. Your thoughtfulness and transparency is greatly appreciated :)

    14. Creator Ali Al Rahma on December 10, 2013

      Woot! Can't wait till May!!