Gadget of the Week - PowerUp 3.0 Smart Paper Plane Kit

Gadget of the Week, PowerUp 3.0 Smart Paper Plane Kit

One of everyone’s favorite childhood pastimes has been given a tech-focused makeover. Paper airplanes have always been exciting; now, the PowerUp 3.0 Remote Controlled Paper Airplane Kit is taking them to new heights.

The PowerUp 3.0’s official site promises that the gadget’s

“...crash proof design makes it an easier and more enjoyable option to traditional, bulky and battery intensive remote control helicopters and planes.”

PowerUp’s website provides those interested in the gadget with a step-by-step guide on how to use the kit.

You’ll begin by folding a piece of paper into a number of aerodynamic designs. Then, simply attach the device’s Bluetooth 3.0 Smart module onto the tip of the airplane and download the app to get started (available for both Android and iPhone users).

You’ll get 10 minutes of airtime with each charge, a speed of up to five mph, and a flight range of 180 feet, all easily controlled and tracked from your smartphone.

The gadget is not only fun but can also be used as an educational tool for both teachers and students. The gadget is a great way to teach some of the principles of STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math), while also meshing together origami, art, physics, and more.

The 21st-century take on the classic paper airplane is available on Amazon for $49.99. The app associated with the gadget is free and available in the App Store and on Google Play.

Excited to upgrade a childhood favorite pastime into a high-tech gadget? Have you tried the PowerUp paper airplane kit? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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