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PowerUp 3.0 turns your self-made paper airplane into a smartphone-controlled flying machine
Created by

Shai Goitein

21,412 backers pledged $1,232,612 to help bring this project to life.



Hi backers!

In the last couple of days we’ve received plenty of questions. Today we wanna answer those that have been asked most frequently. We present to you: our Frequently Asked Questions!

Can I use the PowerUp 3.0 with an Android device?
Yes, PowerUp 3.0 will work with Android 4.3 or higher. Your smartphone or tablet needs to support Bluetooth 4.0.

Are multiple pledges possible? Can I get more than one PowerUp 3.0?
Kickstarter allows you to choose one reward. If you would like to add additional rewards, simply 'up' your pledge. All non-U.S. backers please add the cost for international shipping once for the highest reward only. When the Kickstarter campaign is over, we will send you a BackerKit survey asking you exactly what rewards you want and verifying your shipping address.

On which devices does the iOS app work?
The iOS app works with any device that has Bluetooth 4.0. It will work on the following devices: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPod Touch 5th Gen or newer, iPad 3rd Gen or newer (Retina), iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina. It will not work with iPod Nano, Shuffle or Classic.

Could you include a small camera in the design of the PowerUp 3.0?
We’re currently evaluating all the ideas for stretch goals and we will publish the list of the 10 best stretch goals which we will let our backers choose from on December 17.

Haven’t found your question? Use the opportunity and ask your question here in the comments section of this update, or in one of our social outlets on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. We’ll try to answer each question in less than 24 hours.


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    1. Creator Andreas Cepin on December 19, 2013

      I vote for NO cam but plase add a green LED on the left and a red LED on the right side! Maybe another flashing LED in the middle.

      The APP: can you add an option that the whole screen is sensitive to change the thrust level? When starting at low level often the control-center slides up ...

    2. Creator Frits on December 17, 2013

      Maybe I am the only backer with a Windows device...

      I am not an expert in app development but could you stretch your goals to spread the "usability" of the device rather than "upgrading the initial 3.0 design of you aircraft?

      I am happier when I can use less gadgets with the airplane on my own device rather than being forced to buy and create another "big brother is watching you" account with Apple or Google.

    3. Creator Rick Brasche on December 13, 2013

      how about mounting the motor for thrust vector steering? three channel control that way and avoids need for mechanical flaps. also another vote for no camera

    4. Creator Shai Goitein on December 12, 2013

      Q - Tony Lau, David Berquist, Nick van Breda and many others have asked - why not support devices pre Android 4.3
      A - Android 4.3 is the first official version that supports Blue Tooth 4.0,this is also why it was mentioned in the stretch goal. Pre-4.3 backers, we will try to add support for as many devices as possible. We just want to start with the official one first.
      Thank you

    5. Creator Fabio Chianese on December 12, 2013

      Flaps to aim the sky! That's what 3.0 needs!

    6. Creator Joseph Chen on December 12, 2013

      Stretch goal suggestions: multi-motor with tank/thrust steering and repurpose servo for elevator.

      Bluetooth TX module for hobby radio DSC.

      Great job on the campaign/updates and good luck!

    7. Creator TanC on December 11, 2013

      I would have to agree that cameras are gimmicky. It adds weight and uses up precious battery life. Increasing battery life would be the better option IMO.

    8. Creator Tim on December 11, 2013

      Multiple engines would be very cool.

    9. Creator Minning Xiang on December 11, 2013

      I think a camera is useless on a paper airplane. The micro camera is in very poor image quality. With high speed flying, nothing can be captured, even an iPhone camera. A camera also consumes its battery.

    10. Creator Dale Rorabaugh on December 11, 2013

      Camera would be a great use.

    11. Creator Denny The Backer on December 11, 2013

      a camera please, i dont mind to pay a little more to upgrade for a camera...

    12. Creator Peter van der Linden on December 11, 2013

      A camera would be very nice!!

    13. Creator Bob on December 11, 2013

      Hey Shai, do you have an estimate of what the price might be after launch (will it be more)? I have a feeling that once I get this thing I'm going to buy probably a dozen more as gifts. I just need to give it a try before I know who it'll be a good gift for... Wondering if I should pledge on a couple more now?

    14. Creator Andre Bowen on December 11, 2013

      Shai, still no word from you about building our own iphone app.... Can you expand on this please?

    15. Creator Andrew Curtin on December 11, 2013

      Android 4.3 or higher? Are you kidding me? That's less than 10 devices currently. I know it's a bitch to support older devices on BT4.0, but could you try to do some of the more popular devices?

      I might have to back out of my pledge, since that's hardly Android support.

    16. Creator Shai Goitein on December 11, 2013

      Q - Asterix
      What about being able to keep up with the strong demand. Can you push delivery date on later pledges by a month so that you can deliver ours on the month you have specified?
      A - I have just placed an order for the long lead items in order to meet the growing demand for the PowerUp 3.0, currently I do not see any risk in meeting delivery schedule.

    17. Creator Tony Lau on December 11, 2013

      requiring android 4.3 would probably force many people to have to buy a new phone. my current phone wont have 4.3 until next year...

      this is a deal breaker right now...

    18. Creator David Berquist on December 11, 2013

      I have a Droid DNA phone(launched a year ago at Thanksgiving), which has Bluetooth 4.0, and was just updated this week to Android 4.2.2. It's unlikely that it's going to get an upgrade to 4.3 anytime soon(or at all). Does this absolutely require android 4.3 to work?

    19. Creator Nick van Breda on December 11, 2013

      A small led indeed would be perfect to fly at night. Also why doesnt powerup support Android 4.1 because galaxy s3 cant upgrade to 4.3.. and this is the most used phones amongst android. Please could you reply in a private message?

    20. Creator A Krishnam Raju on December 11, 2013

      Awesome. LEDs fly in the hight? Please...

    21. Creator Asterix on December 11, 2013

      Thanks. What about being able to keep up with the strong demand. Can you push delivery date on later pledges by a month so that you can deliver ours on the month you have specified?

    22. Creator Daniel on December 11, 2013

      I am very happy to see a comment in regards to a camera! A camera would be awesome...maybe a battery that's slightly bigger and an optimized housing (less overall weight) would even increase the flight time...

    23. Creator nakwada on December 11, 2013

      What about documentation and/or API for developers ?
      Got a bunch of ideas :3

    24. Creator Nicholas Stewart on December 11, 2013

      You are doing well Shai. Keep up the awesome work and I'll continue to be a supporter. I'm really looking forward to the top ten stretch goals.

    25. Creator Jonny Sumthing on December 11, 2013

      Oh hell yes! A mini camera even at low resolution would be AWESOME!!!

    26. Creator Minning Xiang on December 11, 2013

      But still no picture of each reward level to show what's included.

    27. Creator MF Calub on December 11, 2013