When you’re young all you want to do is fly a fighter jet. But of course, that is in no way possible. Remote-controlled toy planes are the only way to fulfill that burning desire. But these toys are often expensive and there’s always a high risk that if you crash the plane(which you will), it’ll be toast. But now children might have the ideal remote-controlled toy plane, in the shape of the PowerUp 3.0. The PowerUp 3.0 is nothing short of an engineering marvel. It’s nothing more than a skeleton of a plan with a propeller attached. But it works, and that’s what makes it such an amazing gadget. You see, the PowerUp 3.0 is just a propeller attached to a micro controller. Using special clips mounted under the head of the device, you can attach it to just about any paper plane out there. And that’s it! Connect the PowerUp 3.0 to your smartphone (Android or iPhone only) and you’re good to go. We are simply staggered at the level of ingenuity in this device. You control the plane using the gyro controls as you did the famous game My Paper Plane. It’s that simple. And then there’s the bit of crashing. It’s a foregone conclusion that you’re going to crash your remote controlled plane. But in the case of the PowerUp 3.0, it’s not a catastrophe. The design has accommodated this possibility and made the skeleton extra durable. The designers are also incorporating proximity sensors into the planes, so you can have dogfights with other PowerUp owners! Once the chasing plane senses it’s close enough to the target, the target has its motors turned off and falls to the ground. Sounds silly fun, we can’t wait to get our hands on of these. The Kickstarter campaign for the PowerUp 3.0 has been massively successful. The team have gotten more than $1M in funding. That’s even more amazing when you consider the fact that you can pre-order a complete PowerUp 3.0 kit for just $40. Best toy ever, anyone?
- January 17, 2014