Perhaps past-time pastime, building and launching paper airplanes has been one of the most popular games for several generations of teenagers, who can now realize one of their children’s dreams. With PowerUp, in fact, the airplane is enriched with an electric motor and thanks to an app it can be controlled via smartphone (it connects via Bluetooth).

The evolution of the device conceived in 2011 by Israeli Shai Goitein (former chief designer of Kodak’s printer division and private aircraft pilots for more than 25 years) has gone from three successive models to arrive at the current PowerUp 4.0 , which compared to past offers useful hardware improvements to increase the fun.

The addition of gyroscope and accelerometer , which work together with the integrated microprocessor for flight control, allow to keep the airplane in the air even in case of errors in the launch by hand or strong wind, while the autopilot function allows perform acrobatic maneuvers, such as loops, with a single click on the phone display.

The paper airplanes you used to have as a child now really fly (driven with an app)
The night version of PowerUp 4.0 (credit PowerUp Toys)

Perhaps past-time pastime, building and launching paper airplanes has been one of the most popular games for several generations of teenagers, who can now realise one of their children’s dreams. With PowerUp, in fact, the airplane is enriched with an electric motor and thanks to an app it can be controlled via smartphone (it connects via Bluetooth).

The evolution of the device conceived in 2011 by Israeli Shai Goitein (former chief designer of Kodak’s printer division and private aircraft pilots for more than 25 years) has gone from three successive models to arrive at the current PowerUp 4.0 , which compared to past offers useful hardware improvements to increase the fun.

The addition of gyroscope and accelerometer, which work together with the integrated microprocessor for flight control, allow to keep the airplane in the air even in case of errors in the launch by hand or strong wind, while the autopilot function allows perform acrobatic maneuvers, such as loops, with a single click on the phone display.

The paper airplanes you used to have as a child now really fly (driven with an app)
The night version of PowerUp 4.0 (credit PowerUp Toys)

To improve the yield there is also a second engine, the landing gear and LED  lights for night flights . The front bumper and the other parts most at risk for bumps and falls are also replaceable. As for the flight data: it is recharged via USB in 25 minutes and has an autonomy of about ten minutes, flying at a maximum distance of 70 meters and reaching a maximum speed of 32 km / h. To reserve the kit with the PowerUp 4.0 module and four aircraft models, just 49 dollars are needed, while for the version with all the accessories the price rises to 79 dollars.