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PowerUp 3.0 Is A Bluetooth Module That Turns A Paper Plane Into A Lean, Mean App-Controlled Flying Machine
There’s something intrinsically appealing about a choreographed blend of low and high tech. To wit, meet PowerUp 3.0: a Bluetooth 4.0 device that turns a bog-standard paper airplane into, well, a smartphone-controlled lean, mean flying machine. Or so its makers claim. And if those claims stack up pranking your teachers is about to get a whole lot more sophisticated.
What exactly is Power Up 3.0? It’s a Bluetooth module that connects to a paper plane to act as both frame, propulsion/steering device, and Bluetooth communications hub – meaning the user can control the plane via their smartphone. The Micro-USB charged module is apparently good for 10 minutes of flying per charge, and has an 180 feet/55 metre comms range (i.e. between it and you, piloting it via Bluetooth link to your smartphone).
So far PowerUp 3.0′s aviation enthusiast makers have a working prototype and an iOS app but they’ve taken to Kickstarter to get the project off the ground (ho-ho). The campaign launched on Saturday and blasted past its $ 50,000 target in just eight hours, according to inventor Shai Goitein, so there’s clearly considerable appetite for disruptions to paper-plane throwing mechanisms.
Or for a lower cost way of bagging yourself a remote-controlled airplane, which is basically what this is – albeit, not an ‘all weathers’ aircraft. Soggy paper planes aren’t going to go anywhere, app or no app.
At the time of writing PowerUp’s Kickstarter funding total is soaring north of $ 135,000 (and climbing steadily) – if they reach $ 150,000 an Android app will also be baked.
The basic PowerUp 3.0 package costs $ 30 but all those pledge levels have been bagged by early backers, so the kit now costs from $ 40 – or more if you want extras like rechargeable power packs.
The current iOS app, which has been in the works for more than a year, includes a throttle lever for ascending/descending, and a tilt to steer function – which manipulates a small fin on the rear of the module to shift the plane’s in-air trajectory. There can’t be a paper-plane folding kid in the world that hasn’t wished for such trajectory bending magic.
The module’s frame is made of carbon fibre, so it can survive the inevitable crash landings – as well as be light enough for flight.
Backers of the PowerUp 3.0 can expect to be disrupting their lessons come May next year, when the kit is due to ship.
Lady Gaga just made a spectacular album debut entrance — even for her — in what can only be described as a astronaut dress-cum-hexacopter that she named “Volantis.” Though we’d call it a giant publicity stunt, Gaga said that the suit was symbolic of herself and would allow her to be the voice for …
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Lady Gaga just made a spectacular album debut entrance — even for her — in what can only be described as a astronaut dress-cum-hexacopter that she named “Volantis.” Though we’d call it a colossal publicity stunt, Gaga said that the suit was symbolic of herself and would allow her to be the voice …
This is a video of Ahmed “Iron Monkey” Kerigo performing a 4.5-foot flying push up. For a while there I didn’t think he was going to make it. I know I wouldn’t have. I would have gone face down, probably cracked some ribs, maybe lost a couple teeth. Definitely wouldn’t have walked away with the attractive aerobics instructor on my arm, I can tell you that. Hit the jump for the video, then let’s make a 10-foot flying push-up video by performing it backwards then reversing the tape. I’m a thinker.
The first version of iOS created a very direct relationship between the iPhone and its user. When you tapped on a link, it opened, and when you pinched your fingers on a photo, it got bigger. But with the latest version of iOS, Apple took these kinds of animations and skeuomorphic physics to the next level. BuzzFeed FWD‘s John Herrman extrapolates the physics of iOS 7 to the real world, where an app on your home screen is actually five feet away from you.
“If iOS animations suggest that the icons are falling away from you, they are falling about 5 feet, and moving pretty fast,” he writes. “Assuming it takes about 0.8 seconds for this animation to complete, the app is moving at an average of about 6.6 feet per second, or about 4.5 miles…
These are the radio controlled witch and wizard planes designed by R/C enthusiast Otto Dieffenback. You can buy a kit of either one for $ 150, but all the electronics you have to provide yourself. I’m going to make enough of them to form my own Quidditch team. How many is that, anyways? “Seven — three chasers, two beaters, a keeper and a seeker.” I’m not even going to pretend I’m surprised that you knew that. What’s Severus Snape’s middle name? “Doesn’t have one.” Damn you know your shit!
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Unidentified internet humor company founder planking during a flight.
Plenty of people travel more miles than I do, but in 2012, I spent 171 days on the road. 2013 so far? 120 days. When I started Cheezburger, I didn’t expect to travel this much, but my role has increasingly become chief evangelist, recruiter and promoter.
Technology’s impact on travel can be felt every step of the way, starting with weight-saving undergarments to the constellation of GPS satellites we take for granted watching over us. Everyone is used to complaining about air travel: Food is terrible (if there is any); the TSA is getting worse; seats feel smaller; we’ve suffered a string of computer-system-generated delays; horrific crash photos make the rounds on social media like wildfire; and airlines are charging fees, fees, everywhere.
Having traveled intensively pre- and post-9/11, the air-travel experience has actually gotten much better. Yet we live by the Louis C.K. Rule: Everything’s amazing, and nobody is happy. Let me count the ways from front door to hotel door.
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For the record, I will never not use that Titanic quote whenever I can, I just can’t help it. It’s like picking and eating scabs to me. Remember that taxidermied cat quadocopter? Well here’s an ostrich one. It’s cool because, like, ostriches probably spend their whole lives dreaming of being able to fly. And now, this one can. Just look at that smile on his face. No? Not a smile? Oh. Well how about how his eyes are aglow with happiness! “Those are marbles.” Jesus, really? Man, that poor f***er.
Hit the jump for a video of the ostrich’s second flight ever.
Commercial space travel has become increasingly mainstream in the past decade, from “space tourism” flights to NASA’s public-private partnerships with SpaceX and others. But the latest push isn’t just to take space into the private sector — it’s to get citizens involved in the process. Copenhagen Suborbitals and other grass-roots efforts are trying to essentially crowdfund space, raising tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to put small craft into orbit. And one of the latest, called Pocket Spacecraft, hopes to do so with a “personalized spacecraft” for each of its backers.
The Pocket Spacecraft isn’t quite as exciting as it sounds, but it’s still pretty unique. If you put more than £19 (about $ 30) into the project, you’ll get…