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Update #11

Last Chance To Get Your PowerUp 3.0!

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Greetings, backers!

As we wrap up our campaign and get ready to finalize our project, today we’re looking back at two full months of a truly awesome Kickstarter campaign. What started as an idea has been developed over two years of designing, 57 prototypes, and two months of Kickstarting — and today it’s Kickstarter’s 6th-most funded project in the Design category. My team and I could not be more amazed by the awesome support we’ve received from backers like you!

The key cornerstones of our campaign
Looking back, the key cornerstones and turning points of our campaign were: reaching our initial goal, reaching the Android stretch goal, starting tooling & production, giving backers the opportunity to vote for stretch goals, producing the first products, and finally meeting our backers in person at CES. Again, thanks for your great and continuous support, your advice, your comments, your questions, and ideas — we couldn’t have done this without you, our fantastic backers!

Our fundraising campaign on Kickstarter ends two days from now (Saturday, January 25, 10am EST)! With the finish line in sight, you’re probably asking yourself what the next steps will be.

Testing and first shipments
Since we returned from CES, we’ve done some test flights on various airplane designs. I enjoyed how easy it was to invent new paper airplane designs that work well with PowerUp 3.0.
We’re currently preparing and testing the first BETA units for our BETA PACKAGE backers which are planned to ship late February.

Pledge for more than one PowerUp 3.0
If you want to play dogfight with your friends, fly continuously or make a multi-motor airplane, here’s how you can pledge for more than one PowerUp 3.0: In Kickstarter, simply click on "Manage Your Pledge". Scroll down and select your reward. If you want more than one reward, select the first reward you’d like to receive. Then, at the top of the page, update the "Enter your pledge amount" field. Here you’ll need to include the total amount for all the rewards you wish to receive (including shipping if you live outside the United States; shipping inside the U.S. is free). For example, if you want 3 BAREBONE packages, simply choose the $30 BAREBONE pledge level and update your pledge amount to $90 (=3x$30). (Add international shipping costs if necessary.)
After the funding period has ended on January 25, your credit card will be charged with your total pledged amount.
In April, you’ll receive an invite to login to BackerKit. Once logged in, you can apply extra pledge dollars to any of our available rewards. Here, you can tell us, for example, that you’d like to receive a TOTAL of 3 BAREBONE packages. If you haven't pledged enough to get everything you want, you’ll have the option to enter your credit card data and pledge additional funds for more rewards and spare parts, such as extra propellers. Confirm your shipment address and submit your final selection via BackerKit.
We’ll fulfill this final order and send you tracking information once your shipment leaves our workshop.
Check out BackerKit’s FAQ and post your questions in this update so we can make the answers available to everyone.

Projects we like
Since the Kickstarter community has been so great to us, we want to give a little something back and help other project creators. One way of thanking our awesome backers, is by showing you other projects we find really worthwhile! Here are three projects we really like because of their usefulness or their outstanding design:

1) JUMP - The Smartphone Charger That Charges Itself
The JUMP is always fully charged when you need it. JUMP is available for Lightning and Micro-USB, so you can charge your smartphone or your PowerUp 3.0 with it!

2) ALL-DOCK - The World’s Fastest Dock!
ALL-DOCK is a fine piece of design that conceals your cables and manages charging multiple devices at the same time, including PowerUp 3.0! Plus, it’s currently the fastest docking station in the world and charges ALL your devices.

3) Moment - Amazing Lenses For Mobile Photography
The team at Moment has set out to empower mobile picture takers everywhere to capture incredible images with their phones. Capture your PowerUp 3.0 moments and the dogfight battles with your friends using this awesome device that turns your smartphone camera into an amazing photography tool.

Don’t forget — our campaign ends on Saturday, 10am EST! Last chance to pledge for your PowerUp 3.0!
This is your last chance to get your very own Kickstarter edition of PowerUp 3.0 with Kickstarter edition packaging and a limited-edition Kickstarter Green LED cockpit light! Now’s the time to make your final pledges!

And lastly, a big, heartfelt THANK YOU to all the people who support us: our family, friends, bloggers, and backers!

This campaign has been a wild ride, but our journey is only just beginning. Stay tuned for more updates as we enter the production phase.

Happy flying,
Shai

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Update #10

Thanks A Million & A New Reward For You!

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Greetings, backers!

After two super-busy weeks I’ve finally returned from my trips to China and CES in Las Vegas. These past two weeks have seen lots of activity for PowerUp 3.0! I met and talked with so many important people who are making PowerUp 3.0 possible: the manufacturers and the backers.

To make a long story short, in this update I’ll share with you some cool pictures from my trips to China, where I visited our manufacturers, and Las Vegas, where I exhibited at CES! You can find even more pics in my travel diary on Facebook and on Google+. Check them out, they’re great!

1) $1,000,000 and Dogfight stretch goal

My whole team and I are simply blown away by your awesome support! It’s hard to believe, but with your help we’ve crossed the $1,000,000 mark! That means we’ve exceeded our $50,000 funding goal by an astonishing 2,000%!

Thanks to your incredible support, PowerUp 3.0 is the 8th-most funded project in Kickstarter’s Design category — ever. And we’re on track to move that ranking even higher in the days ahead. Yowza!

Joining the million-dollar club means that we’ll introduce a new functionality for the PowerUp 3.0 app: The Dogfight mode! But that’s not all — we’re also announcing (drumroll, please!) a NEW REWARD!

DOGFIGHT PACKAGE: This NEW reward lets you play 2 against 2 and have mid-air team battles using the new Dogfight mode in the app. It consists of 4 BASIC PACKAGES, 4 PowerUp T-shirts in 2 different colors, and 4 PowerUp hats — for the ultimate team dogfighting experience!

DOGFIGHT MODE: This new functionality in the app (for iOS and Android) allows you to “shoot down” other PowerUp 3.0 planes. Proximity sensing between the planes will enable one player to stop the other player’s motor when it gets close enough, causing it to go down. Mayday! When two planes enter this “danger zone,” BOTH users will get the option to SHOOT. Shoot first or get shot down!

For more info and a video tutorial on how to change your pledge and selected reward, simply click “Manage Your Pledge” on our project page. To change your reward, make a new selection. For more info, visit Kickstarter’s FAQ: “How can I change my reward selection?

2) PowerUp 3.0 manufacturing in China

Here are some photos from my trip to China, where PowerUp 3.0 is being manufactured!

I visited the factory with my business partners from JDH Toys of Hong Kong to take a look at how the first sets of PowerUp 3.0 models are coming along.
I visited the factory with my business partners from JDH Toys of Hong Kong to take a look at how the first sets of PowerUp 3.0 models are coming along.
During my visit to the factory, I observed initial production, inspected the different components, and, of course, performed a first round of test flights with the production prototypes of PowerUp 3.0. Can you read what's written on the doors behind me?
During my visit to the factory, I observed initial production, inspected the different components, and, of course, performed a first round of test flights with the production prototypes of PowerUp 3.0. Can you read what's written on the doors behind me?
Inside the factory — this is where all the magic happens! Though my Chinese business partners simply call it “the injection floor.”
Inside the factory — this is where all the magic happens! Though my Chinese business partners simply call it “the injection floor.”
George (right) from JDH Toys inspects one of the molds. This is important so we can give feedback to the toolmaker about what needs to be corrected in the first correction cycle.
George (right) from JDH Toys inspects one of the molds. This is important so we can give feedback to the toolmaker about what needs to be corrected in the first correction cycle.
Take a look at the mold for the canopy. Once assembled, the bright LED underneath the canopy will give each PowerUp 3.0 its glowing cockpit.
Take a look at the mold for the canopy. Once assembled, the bright LED underneath the canopy will give each PowerUp 3.0 its glowing cockpit.
The mount's base and cover will provide perfect protection for the PCB and battery.
The mount's base and cover will provide perfect protection for the PCB and battery.
The PCB (PowerUp 3.0's "brain") and the tiny lithium-polymer battery (its "heart") have been connected and are working just great! Notice the LED's color? It's Kickstarter green for all backers!
The PCB (PowerUp 3.0's "brain") and the tiny lithium-polymer battery (its "heart") have been connected and are working just great! Notice the LED's color? It's Kickstarter green for all backers!
The assembled front mount holds the PCB and the battery.
The assembled front mount holds the PCB and the battery.
All the improved injected parts such as the propellers were made of special and super-durable glass-reinforced nylon.
All the improved injected parts such as the propellers were made of special and super-durable glass-reinforced nylon.
Voila! The first engineering prototype has arrived. I'm blown away by its great performance already on the first flight!
Voila! The first engineering prototype has arrived. I'm blown away by its great performance already on the first flight!

3) Presenting PowerUp 3.0 for the first time at CES in Las Vegas

I took the first production samples out of the oven in China and presented them to the public at CES in Las Vegas — all while the Kickstarter campaign is still up and running!

We had a great display booth on the show floor at CES! We were able to show off our packing designs and give demos with our sample models.
We had a great display booth on the show floor at CES! We were able to show off our packing designs and give demos with our sample models.
I was lucky enough to meet with lots of awesome Kickstarter backers. We attracted a lot of interest, and it was also great to tell people about this project for the first time.
I was lucky enough to meet with lots of awesome Kickstarter backers. We attracted a lot of interest, and it was also great to tell people about this project for the first time.
My busy booth got people’s attention for the whole week at CES. Recognize the guy on the TV screen? ;)
My busy booth got people’s attention for the whole week at CES. Recognize the guy on the TV screen? ;)
Each backer received a personal demo of PowerUp 3.0 at my booth. I hope you all were as excited about it as I was! Thanks for visiting my booth, everybody!
Each backer received a personal demo of PowerUp 3.0 at my booth. I hope you all were as excited about it as I was! Thanks for visiting my booth, everybody!

We also met lots of reporters at CES. Here are just a few of the recent articles about us:

I’d like to thank everybody involved in this project — especially all you backers out there who make this project possible. You’ve gone above and beyond, pushing us past the million-dollar mark and making us one of the best projects on Kickstarter! Thanks a million!

Best,
Shai

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Update #9

Happy New Year & Rewards!

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Hi everybody!

We want to start the first update of 2014 by wishing all our backers, fans, and supporters a Happy New Year. We hope this year will be exciting for all of you!

Today we'll share with you more details about what each reward includes, since all rewards above the $30 level have received an upgrade over Christmas. By putting a few extra specials under the tree, we wanted to say 'thank you' for your awesome support so far!

1) Rewards

Here’s our detailed list of contents for all rewards above the $30 level after the Christmas upgrade.

BAREBONE
1 x PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module
1 x spare propeller
1 x PowerUp 3.0 Design Book (Christmas gift)
(No paper or charger included)

BASIC PACKAGE
1 x PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module
1 x spare propeller
5 x sheets of PowerUp-certified paper templates
1 x 1000 mAh Li-Ion rechargeable power pack (Christmas gift, replaces the 4xAA battery pack)
1 x sheet of special waterproof paper made by DuPont® for PowerUp 3.0 (Christmas gift)
1 x PowerUp 3.0 Design Book (Christmas gift)

PERFECT PACKAGE
2 x PowerUp 3.0 Smart Modules
2 x spare propellers
5 x sheets of PowerUp-certified paper templates
2 x 1000 mAh Li-Ion rechargeable power packs
1 x USB wall adapter (220V/110V)
1 x personalized pre-folded paper airplane signed by Shai
1 x sheet of special waterproof paper made by DuPont® for PowerUp 3.0 (Christmas gift)
1 x PowerUp 3.0 Design Book (Christmas gift)

The PERFECT PACKAGE is simply perfect because you can fly one PowerUp 3.0, while you charge the other. Plus, 2 people can fly at the same time in dogfight style! With the Multiple Engines reward that we’ll provide for reaching the $800K stretch goal, you’ll be able to control 2 Smart Modules or more with one smartphone at the same time, so you can attach 2 modules or more to one paper airplane.

HACKER PACKAGE
Lets you experiment and build something else with the PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module hardware, such as a boat or a vehicle. It also allows you to develop your own app!

Included hardware:
1 x PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module
4 x spare propellers
1 x additional PCB
4 x additional motors
4 x additional coils and magnets
2 x additional Lipo batteries (for onboard use)
1 x 1000 mAh Li-Ion rechargeable power pack (Christmas gift, replaces the 4xAA battery pack)

Included accessories:
1 x Hacker Handbook
1 x “I hacked PowerUp 3.0” T-shirt
5 x sheets of PowerUp-certified paper templates
1 x sheet of special waterproof paper made by DuPont® for PowerUp 3.0 (Christmas gift)
1 x PowerUp 3.0 Design Book (Christmas gift)

Included documentation:
The Hacker Handbook will include
1) a document describing the PCB specs and diagrams of the various connections so you know what you can connect and control (but NO schematics)
2) a document describing the on-air Bluetooth GATT protocol used to control the PowerUp
3) sample code for the iOS and Android apps (an “SDK”)

BETA PACKAGE
Allows you to be the first to fly and help us improve PowerUp 3.0.
2 x PowerUp 3.0 Smart Modules (production prototypes)
2 x spare propellers
5 x sheets of PowerUp-certified paper templates
2 x 1000 mAh Li-Ion rechargeable power packs
1 x USB wall adapter (220V/110V)
1 x personalized pre-folded paper airplane signed by Shai
1 x sheet of special waterproof paper made by DuPont® for PowerUp 3.0 (Christmas gift)
1 x PowerUp 3.0 Design Book (Christmas gift, will be delivered separately in May)
1 x BETA Guide Handbook

CAPTAIN’S KIT
2 x PowerUp 3.0 Smart Modules
2 x spare propellers
5 x sheets of PowerUp-certified paper templates
2 x 1000 mAh Li-Ion rechargeable power packs
1 x USB wall adapter (220V/110V)
1 x personalized pre-folded paper airplane signed by Shai
1 x sheet of special waterproof paper made by DuPont® for PowerUp 3.0 (Christmas gift)
1 x PowerUp 3.0 Design Book (Christmas gift)
1 x Aluminum pilot hardcase
1 x PowerUp 3.0-branded pilot hat
1 x flight jacket with your name and “I backed PowerUp 3.0 on Kickstarter” stitched on it

2) Production

We’re totally blown away by the ultra-high demand for PowerUp 3.0. As we've let you know in Update #5 (Tooling Starts!), we’ve started production ahead of time to meet the high demand. However, once we hit 20,000 orders (that’s about 16,000 backers), we’ll need to start another production cycle.
That means that all NEW backers who join us now will need to wait until June 2014 to receive their rewards.

Today I’m heading off to China to supervise the production of the first batch and the assembly of the BETA units. I’ll visit the factory, oversee initial production, inspect the different components, and, of course, perform a first round of test flights with the production prototypes of PowerUp 3.0.

We hope you all had a good start of the new year. Don’t forget to check back for more information in the next update about how production is coming along. Meanwhile, you can follow my daily updates in my travel diary on Facebook and Google+ starting today, every day, until I return from CES in 10 days’ time. If you're at CES, visit me at my booth #36188 in South Hall 4.

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Cheers,
-Shai


Update #8

A Christmas gift for you!

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Ho ho ho, backers!

‘Tis the season for eggnog, mistletoe — and gifts!

In this update we’ll announce the winners of your vote for stretch goals and rewards — and, just as important, some Christmas presents we’re giving you, our backers! So, without further ado:

1) Stretch goal vote
We received a total of 3373 votes through Facebook and Kickstarter. That’s simply amazing!

And the winners are (drumroll, please):

$800K stretch goal:
Total votes: 1115
1) Multiple Engines: 55.9% (623 votes) ← WINNER
2) Full Gesture Control: 18.7% (209 votes)
3) PowerUp 3.0 Design Book: 25.4% (283 votes)

$1M stretch goal:
Total votes: 1059
1) Dogfight: 55.9% (592 votes) ← WINNER
2) Landing Wheels + Drag Racing: 30.6% (324 votes)
3) Horizontal Gamepad Interface: 13.5% (143 votes)

$2M stretch goal:
Total votes: 1199
1) Wireless Race Course: 4.5% (54 votes)
2) Autonomous Flight: 19.2% (230 votes)
3) Video Camera: 76.3% (915 votes) ← WINNER

2) Christmas gifts
In the spirit of the season, we’re putting an extra something special under the tree to say thanks for your awesome support.

We’re adding an additional sheet of special waterproof paper made by DuPont® for PowerUp 3.0 to each reward at the BASIC PACKAGE pledge level or higher! This way you can fly your PowerUp 3.0 in humid conditions.

Also, we’re replacing the simple 4 x 1.5V AA battery pack with a 1000 mAh Li-Ion rechargeable power pack, which can charge both your PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module and your smartphone! A fully charged pack will allow for over 130 minutes of flight.
ALL rewards at the BASIC PACKAGE level or higher will include the power pack and waterproof paper.

Last, but not least, we’re including one free PowerUp 3.0 Design Book for each reward at the $30 pledge level or higher. This will give you some great ideas and value added in each reward.

3) Come visit us at CES!
We’ll have a booth at CES in Las Vegas, the world’s biggest consumer electronics trade show! Come meet us from January 7-10 in South Hall 4 at booth #36188 and see the first production samples of the PowerUp 3.0.

Shai and his booth
Shai and his booth
Where to find us at CES in Las Vegas
Where to find us at CES in Las Vegas

Since it’s the season of giving, make sure to spread the cheer and share this update with all your friends. Keep checking back for more holiday treats from us to you. ;)

Warm wishes and happy holidays!
-Shai

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Update #7

Camera, Twin Engine, and Dogfight stretch goals!

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Greetings, backers!
Ready for some magicalER stretch goals?

Aerial dogfights, a camera on the PowerUp module, a double engine airplane, an accessory that will turn your PowerUp into a car, and more awesome stretch goals are here! YOU decide which THREE stretch goals will come to life. Read on to learn how.

Thanks so much for all your ideas and proposals for new stretch goals. We’re really amazed at how creative you are. (A PowerUp laser gun? Really??) This project has exceeded our highest expectations: we currently have 12,000 backers and counting, and we’re about to cross the $700,000 mark in a couple of days. We screened all your submissions and shortlisted those that were a) very popular and b) create more value to the product. We also took into consideration that the goals need to be realistic (Sorry “teleportation PowerUp”).

3 out of 9 possible stretch goals
We chose 3 different stretch goal levels: $800K, $1M and $2M. In each category there are 3 awesome stretch goal options to choose from. Since the PowerUp 3.0 Smart Modules are already in production (we’re ahead of schedule:)), the first two stretch goal levels will be software/firmware-related, or focusing on accessories. The higher stretch goal level ($2M) will actually introduce a new product version of the PowerUp 3.0 including significant hardware changes. If reached, this goal would be delivered on a different schedule, as it needs some serious development.

YOU decide what’s magicalER!
Our Facebook page will host the voting process. Read on to choose your favorite stretch goals and hop on to our Facebook page to vote. The mechanism is pretty simple: “like” = vote. The stretch goal with the most likes in each category will win, and we’ll actually build it! Hurry, the vote ends in 48 hours!

And the nominees are (drum roll):

$800K stretch goal:

1. Multiple Engines - Control two or more PowerUp 3.0 modules at the same time with one smartphone, so you can fly multiple planes in synchronized formation… or build a super plane with multiple engines!

2. Full Gesture Control - Launch and control your airplane with arm gestures! In addition to the current left/right tilt control, we’ll add a thrust/pitch gesture control feature in the app. Plus, we’ll introduce a new reward that will include a customized PowerUp arm strap for your smartphone.

3. PowerUp 3.0 Design Book - A guidebook with unique paper airplane designs for PowerUp 3.0. It will include helpful tips and ideas about aerodynamics and airplane design, so you can get even more creative with your paper plane inventions.

$1M stretch goal:

1. Dogfight - Have a mid-air battle between two paper airplanes! Proximity sensors between the planes will enable one player to stop the other player’s motor when it gets close enough and cause it to go down. Mayday! When two planes will get close to each other, both users will get the option to SHOOT! Be first or go down.

2. Landing Wheels + Drag Racing - Turn your PowerUp 3.0 into a remote-controlled car or attach the landing wheels to land safely.

3. Horizontal Gamepad Interface - Have the option to turn your smartphone horizontally and fly your PowerUp 3.0 with a classic gamepad controller interface!

$2M stretch goal:

1. Wireless Race Course - Race your PowerUp 3.0 around waypoints! Play ‘capture the flag’ or fly laps over race circuits you build yourself using wireless Bluetooth 4.0 waypoints.

2. Autonomous Flight - Turn your PowerUp 3.0 into a drone and send it on a pre-programmed flight path.

3. Video Camera - Immortalize your flights and capture new vistas with a pin camera mounted on your plane! Take videos and still images and save them to an SD card onboard the Smart Module.

We’ll announce the winners on Monday, December 23.

It’s time to VOTE!

Cheers,
Shai

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    WE LIKE YOU TOO -- Kickstarter Edition PowerUp 3.0 PDF template with folding instructions.

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    SHAI SAYS HI -- A personalized pre-folded paper airplane on PowerUp 3.0-certified paper template, signed by Shai.

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    BAREBONE -- 1 PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module, 1 spare propeller. (Paper and charger not included.)

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    BASIC PACKAGE -- 1 PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module, 1 spare propeller, 5 sheets of PowerUp-certified paper templates and 1 quick-charging battery pack (4xAA batteries not included) with exclusive Kickstarter Edition packaging.

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    PERFECT PACKAGE -- Fly your PowerUp 3.0 airplane non-stop. Charge one while you fly the other. Includes 1 BAREBONE, 1 BASIC PACKAGE, 1 Lithium Polymer rechargeable power pack (1000 mAh) good for 13x10-minute flights, a USB wall adapter (220V/110V), and a personalized pre-folded paper plane signed by Shai.

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    HACKER PACKAGE -- Build your own app and hardware! Includes the BASIC PACKAGE and 1 additional PCB, 2 Lipo batteries, 4 motors, 4 coils, the Hacker Handbook and a ”I hacked PowerUp 3.0” T-shirt.

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    BETA PACKAGE -- Be the first to fly! Join the BETA program and help us improve our product. Your PowerUp 3.0 production prototype ships within 2 weeks after we’re funded. Includes the PERFECT PACKAGE and the BETA Guide Handbook.

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    DOGFIGHT PACKAGE -- Lets you play 2 against 2 and have mid-air team battles using the new Dogfight mode in the app. It consists of 4 BASIC PACKAGES, 4 PowerUp T-shirts in 2 different colors, and 4 PowerUp hats — for the ultimate team dogfighting experience!

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    CAPTAIN’S KIT -- Receive the PERFECT PACKAGE in an aluminum pilot hard case along with an exclusive PowerUp 3.0-branded pilot hat and a flight jacket with your name and "I backed PowerUp 3.0 on Kickstarter” stitched on it.

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