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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.

Android: Prepare for Liftoff!


Hello Backers!

Here’s a quick production update, and some exciting news for all you Android users out there!

Retooled and Ready for Production

We received our first order of the retooled motor mounts and already assembled a batch of modules for testing. The results from our test flights have been fantastic! The new motor mounts are much more robust, and significantly easier to replace with the spare parts kit. A full batch of motor mounts has been ordered, and once they arrive we will begin final production! Expect your PowerUp 3.0 modules to ship in June just in time for summer!

The new motor mounts injection tools
The new motor mounts injection tools
The new motor mounts
The new motor mounts

BackerKit survey

With final production right around the corner, it’s very important that you submit your information through the BackerKit survey no later than April 30th. Thank you to the 19,000 backers who have filled out the surveys already! Please complete the survey as soon as possible to ensure that you receive your rewards as part of the June shipment!

Fill out the BackerKit survey here.

We’ve also made some exciting tweaks based on feedback that we received from our Beta testers, namely to the user guide. Initially, we included step-by-step instructions on how to fold the classic Nakamura Lock airplane design. But we also sent Beta testers instructions on a design we call “The Invader.” Testers have reported that this has been a great design for the PowerUp module, so as a bonus, we are incorporating instructions on how to fold The Invader as well! Thanks for the feedback, Beta testers!!

Android: Prepare for Liftoff!

When we launched the Kickstarter earlier this year, we knew there was the risk that Android would not perform at the same level as iOS simply because the Android API is still in the early stages. When we hit our stretch goal of $150,000, our dev team jumped at the opportunity to make this happen, and PowerUp 3.0 has really pushed the limits of Bluetooth Smart technology. Now, thanks to all your support, we are inching closer to a fully functioning Android app! The app – available for Android 4.3 or later – will be available to our Beta backers for testing in mid-May and to the rest of the backers when product ships out. To all of our Android backers out there, I’d like to thank you for having faith that we would make this happen. We think you’re risk taking will really pay off!

PowerUp 3.0 Android App on a Nexus 5
PowerUp 3.0 Android App on a Nexus 5

Here’s a video of my first test flight using the Android app on a Nexus 5! 

Happy flying everyone!


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    1. Creator Shai Goitein on May 8, 2014

      @Abdulaziz Aljassar
      Q - did you ship it yet?
      A - We will post a detailed update regarding production status and shipping schedule this weekend.

    2. Creator Abdulaziz Aljassar on April 30, 2014

      Hello, did you ship it yet?

    3. Creator dr-steve on April 28, 2014

      Agreed with the Android version comment. It's a shame that it is restricted to Bluetooth 4, with all of the cheap Android 4.2 tablets out there. Any possibility of stretching to the older BT?

    4. Creator JDole93 on April 24, 2014

      Currently my phone runs Android 4.1.2. Verizon says they'll update it to 4.4 sometime this year, but they don't say when. I have a feeling it won't be soon. If I use CyanogenMod to put 4.4 on my phone, will I be able to download the app? Or will it only work with a genuine copy of 4.3 or 4.4. Will putting either of those OS versions on with CyanogenMod activate the Bluetooth 4.0 protocol, just like with a genuine copy of the OS?

    5. Creator Prashant Vaibhav on April 23, 2014

      (Typing from a mobile device!)

    6. Creator Prashant Vaibhav on April 23, 2014

      Dear Android users, out intention is not to claim on OS is better than the other. Our intention is simply to keep you informed on the challenges and our thought process. There are several outstanding issues with Bluetooth 4 on Android, which is expected because the API and hardware support is very new. But as Shai has announced, these issues are not as bad as we feared. It works well already (as you see in the video) and we are on schedule!

    7. Creator JDole93 on April 23, 2014

      And I'm saying this as a consumer who doesn't want development to be too rushed, lest we end up with a product that is full of bugs and glitches.

    8. Creator JDole93 on April 23, 2014

      Dude chill, he said he's gonna do the Android app. He only said its gonna take a while because they haven't had as much time to work on the Android app as they had to work on the iOS app, which has been out since December, and in the description they said they'd been working a year and a half on the iOS app. Keep in mind the Android app was a stretch goal, and Android is a different OS than iOS, so they probably had to tweak it to make it able to run on Android. What works on iOS isn't always gonna work for Android (and vice versa), so they had to test the app to see if it would even work on Android. Also, iOS has supported Bluetooth 4.0 (aka Bluetooth Low-Energy or Bluetooth Smart) for much longer than Android has, (Only devices running Android 4.3 and up have Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.4 was only released last September, and many devices still don't run either of those OS versions), so he's right when he says Bluetooth 4.0 support for Android is still in its infancy.

    9. Creator Eric Schwarz on April 23, 2014

      Really not a fan of your iPhone is better than Android shit. Grow up and stop complaining about having to support the most popular cell phone OS.

    10. Creator Teddy Julius on April 23, 2014

      @James, I agree with bernabap.
      @Bahram, I think you should cool down your head.

    11. Creator bernabap on April 22, 2014

      @James - I'm sure he is referencing the Bluetooth Low Eenergy API that was only introduced at Android 4.3!

    12. Creator Jeremie Lariviere on April 22, 2014

      Wonderful, I'm looking forward to the app and finished product!

    13. Creator James Clutterbuck on April 22, 2014

      I'm not sure what you think you mean by "the Android API is still in the early stages". Android was first released back in 2008! iOS was only released a few months earlier in 2007. I don't think insulting the OS is great way to announce the Android app launch.

    14. Creator Bahram Shamsian on April 22, 2014

      Not sure who is Eric Stolar, are you working with Shai, that is not way to talk or respond to your current customer or any one as matter of fatcs

    15. Creator Eric Stolar on April 22, 2014

      @Bahram second comment "if the stuff is ready please send it ASAP, this is very disapointing"
      "A full batch of motor mounts has been ordered, and once they arrive we will begin final production! Expect your PowerUp 3.0 modules to ship in June just in time for summer!"

      The update clearly states that the product will not be ready to ship till June. I'm not sure where you got some kind of idea that its ready to ship now or why June is "disappointing". June is within a 1 moth delay on the original ESTIMATED delivery of May 2014. This is more than a reasonable time frame for shipment.

    16. Creator Andreas Hasenack on April 22, 2014

      Thanks, worked. It's the same one I filled in a while ago, just making sure. Thanks for the quick reply.

    17. Creator Eric Stolar on April 22, 2014

      @ Bahram If you already filled out the survey you do not have to do it a second time. Some people are lazy as shit and have still not filled it out the first time. If you have already filled out the backer kit congrats you don;t suck at life and need do nothing further (unless you have moved).

      If you still have not filled out the survey well then you seriously need to sit your @$$ down and fill it out now. (as per Shai's comment if you clicked the link earlier and it did not work try again the link has been corrected)

    18. Creator Jason Fish on April 22, 2014

      It's upsetting sometimes when your device/OS is left behind, I understand that, but there are sometimes things you can do. For instance, if your Android device doesn't have an official update to 4.3+, there may be another ROM available. CyanogenMod might be one way one could update an older device to 4.3+. Just an idea.

    19. Creator Shai Goitein on April 22, 2014

      @Bahram Shamsian, @Andreas Hasenack @Martin Seeger
      BackerKit survey is for collecting backers shipping address, the link was not correct, please try it again now.

    20. Creator Bahram Shamsian on April 22, 2014

      Also , if the stuff is ready please send it ASAP, this is very disapointing

    21. Creator Bahram Shamsian on April 22, 2014

      Cannot login to backerkit either, what is going on? I have already sent my survey ,how many times we need to do this?

    22. Creator Aaron Schmersal on April 22, 2014

      4.3 and above, only? That is severly disapointing.

    23. Creator Andreas Hasenack on April 22, 2014

      Hi, I'm confused with "backerkit". What is it about? Is it for project owners (i.e., "you"), or people who have contributed to a project? I ask because I don't see a clear way to login, and when I try to create an account it asks me for what my project on kickstarter is. I don't have a project there, I just contributed to one. So what should I do?

    24. Creator Unsuk Jung on April 22, 2014

      Thanks for the Android app! Looking forward to have a chance to fly myself.

    25. Creator Adam Truncale on April 22, 2014

      Anyone find a cheap Android 4.3 device? All I have are 4.2.2.

    26. Creator Matthias Urlichs on April 22, 2014

      >> We think you’re risk taking will really pay off!
      *your*, dammit.

    27. Creator Björn Endre on April 22, 2014

      Please see if you can add support for the Nvidia Shield when you launch the Android app. The Shield is up to Android 4.4 now so that is not a problem but I would love support for the twin sticks. I use it to fly a Parrot AR 2 drone and it works so much better than using touch or twisting and turning the tablet to steer.

    28. Creator Martin Seeger on April 22, 2014

      Hi, the survey is password protected. Since i put all data correctly into Kickstarter, i assume i don't have to do anything to receive my reward?