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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.
Note: Picture is not of the actual turtle burger, because there’s no way TSA wouldn’t have fallen for this one.
A man in China recently tried to sneak his pet turtle onto a plane between the buns of a KFC hamburger (or possible chicken sandwich). Unfortunately, the disguise wasn’t good enough to fool airport security. Hey, I’m as shocked as you are — I know a foolproof plan when I hear one.
As Li passed through airport security, X-ray screening machines detected a few “odd protrusions” sticking out of a KFC burger that the man had packed in his bag.
Airport staff determined that the protrusions looked suspiciously like turtle limbs, and asked to inspect Li’s luggage.
“There’s no turtle in there, just a hamburger,” Li reportedly insisted. “There’s nothing special to see inside.”
Li finally acquiesced to an inspection after repeated requests from airport staff, who uncovered the pet turtle hidden inside the burger. When asked why he had devised this strange idea, Li said that he had only wanted to travel together with his “beloved” turtle.
After staff patiently explained that turtles could not be smuggled on board the plane, Li reluctantly agreed to allow a friend to care for his pet while he was away.
A hamburger, really? I mean I get the shape of a hamburger bun and a turtle are similar, but that’s about it. No, if you really want to disguise a turtle on a flight you need to make it look like a bowl of soup – turtle soup. MWAHAHAHAHAHA!! Jk jk, Michelangelo and the gang, I would never do that. *Donatello breaks both my legs with his bō staff* I deserved that, I really did.
Thanks to john, who’s surprised dude didn’t go with a classic nachos disguise.
Sadly, Tacocopter was not a reality. But maybe quadcopters could disrupt the near-dominant hold that children have on ring-bearing at weddings.
Otavio Good, creator of Word Lens, the app that translates written words while you’re traveling in foreign countries, used a quadcopter to deliver his wedding rings by air yesterday.
When the marriage official asked him for the ring, Good shrugged. Then a harpist strummed up the James Bond theme, while a quadcopter emerged out of the nearby Pulgas Water Temple in Redwood City, flew across a pond and landed in Good’s hands.
He untied a ribbon, carrying the two wedding rings and then set the quadcopter free like a dove and it flew away into the distance. Good’s brother, Kevin, who also serves as the “Director of Flying Robot Arts” at a Washington D.C.-area drone group, commandeered the quadcopter.
No one is really sure whose idea it was between, Good, his brother and Good’s now wife and cancer researcher Zinaida Tebaykina. Commercial and recreational quadcopters have been used to film mountain climbing, concerts and monitor oil pipelines for environmental hazards. It’s not even actually the first time they’ve been used to deliver rings to a wedding (maybe it’s the second) or propose to a woman.
“It was kind of an excuse to buy a quadcopter,” Otavio Good said. “We just modded it and brought it out here.”
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A diplomatic incident has exploded in Europe after a Bolivian presidential flight was diverted to Austria upon unfounded fears that the NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, was on board. France and Portugal allegedly refused permission for president Evo Morales’ plane to enter their airspace for refuelling, forcing the craft to eventually touch down in Vienna.
Most likely to dig us out of this huge deficit, the government is auctioning a former Flying force One flight, which it will probably change with an additional Air Force One flight that’s more recent and 10x more pricey. You know, I wish we might select where our tax dollars went since I ‘d desire mine simply flushed down the shitter and the video broadcast over the web.
It’s rarely we get to sell a piece of history like this, however GSA Auctions is offering this plane that flew Head of states Ford, Carter, Reagan, Shrub, Clinton & Bush (as well as the Vice-President, First Lady, Cabinet secretaries, 4-star generals, admirals, foreign dignitaries and even more).
Enjoyable fact: did you understand a plane is technically just referred to as Air Force One if there’s a head of state aboard? Otherwise it’s just a fancy aircraft. Quick forward to some bad funny flick about a dumb however adorable head of state stepping on and off the airplane shouting, “Flying force One, routine airplane! Flying force One, routine airplane!” When I close my eyes I see Adam Sandler or among the Wayans brothers.
Thanks to E V I L A R E S, who’s so wicked he’s plotting how he can take over the world from 35,000-feet even as we talk.
This is a short video of a solider getting sucked out of the back of an airplane/helicopter after his reserve chute catches the wind. One second he’s there, the next he’s gone. Kind of like my online dating dates when we finally meet at a restaurant. *looking around* Was it something I said?! (It’s usually a combination of everything I said plus the fact my profile pic was a blurry Leonardo DiCaprio).
This is a short video of a solider getting sucked out of the back of an airplane/helicopter after his reserve chute catches the wind. One second he’s there, the next he’s gone. Kind of like my roommate whenever the check comes at a restaurant. I’ve actually started tying his shoelaces together under the table so can’t sneak away. That or pinning his hand to the table with a steak knife. I SAID WE’RE GOING DUTCH, DEREK.
You’re right, those were both bad. Hit the jump for the video.
This is a short video of a Swiss Airbus A340 landing at the Zurich airport in heavy fog. Which, as far as fog goes, is probably airplane pilots’ least favorite kind. Me? It’s my favorite because it makes sneaking around the neighborhood playing ninja assassin easier.
Thanks to the lights illuminating the fog, you can see clearly the downwash, ground effect, and the wingtip vorticies in action.
I have no idea what that meant, but I will let you in on a little secret: you know what the black box in airplanes is really for? To hold the magician that makes the airplane fly captive. Haha, the truth is out, FAA! You know how they say no electronics during takeoff? That’s because it screws with the anti-gravity field he’s generating in there. This is all fact by the way, it’s just kept secret to keep ticket prices high.
Hit the jump for the video.
The Harlem Shake is a global phenomenon that needs no introduction — the YouTube dance craze has practically been done to death — but a Colorado ultimate frisbee team’s high-flying hijinks have propelled the meme into the news yet again. On February 15th, Colorado College students on Frontier Airlines Flight 157 donned a banana suit and Abraham Lincoln mask, and shook their way to fame somewhere over the Grand Canyon.
As of Friday evening, the video has garnered over 1,000,000 YouTube views and plenty of attention — including from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which confirmed that it was looking into the incident.
WARNING: IT’S HARD TO WATCH THAT POOR BASTARD GETTING BEAT AGAINST THE PLANE DURING FLIGHT, I RECOMMEND NOT WATCHING THE VIDEO UNLESS YOU’RE ADAM OR EVE AND HAVE A SERIOUS THING AGAINST SNAKES.
This is a video of a 3-meter python trying to fly without paying from Australia to Papua New Guinea aboard a Qantas Airlines flight. Things didn’t work out too hot for him. And not just because there was no beverage service either.
The snake–an Amethystine python–didn’t survive the hard trip, killed either by the 248mph wind (400km/h) or the 10.4F (-12C) temperatures. When the plane arrived to its destination, the snake was still hanging from the wing, already dead.
Aw man, that sucks. My only hope is that he’d always dreamed of flying like a bird and died fulfilling that life-long fantasy. “Get real, GW.” I WAS TRYING TO BE POSITIVE. He died f***ing cold and alone, you happy? “Let’s go with the bird thing.” Well it’s too late now!
Hit the jump for the video, but really, you don’t need to watch it.
NASA isn’t just interested in extra-terrestrial exploration, but in pushing the boundaries of atmospheric flight as well, which is why it’s just awarded $ 100,000 in funding for the supersonic plane concept shown above. As you can see, the symmetrical plane is basically all wing, and that’s because it has two different configurations based on how fast you want to go. For normal, subsonic flight, a plane needs a decent wingspan to get off the ground and sustain flight at lower speeds. But, when you want to go supersonic, large wings become a bit of a drag, which is where the concept’s bi-functional design comes in. The plane begins its journey in the long-winged setup, but spins 90 degrees amongst the clouds to use its stubby wings for efficient faster-than-sound flight and “virtually zero sonic boom.” Gecheng Zha from the University of Miami has been touting his concept for quite some time, but now he’s got the cash to refine the design, run simulations and do some wind tunnel testing, with the potential for more funding in the future. Unfortunately, the concept is, at best, decades from becoming a reality, but we’re sold on the ninja star-like design. Guile, however, is not impressed.
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