Smartphone-Controlled Paper Airplane Crosses $1 Million On Kickstarter

The PowerUp 3.0 has officially crossed $1 million on Kickstarter, proving that any idea can raise massive amounts of money if the crowd sees it as worthy. Over 18,000 people have pitched into the project to date. This funding comes on a goal of only $50,000.

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PowerUp creator Shai Goitein recently returned from CES 2014. He kept a diary of sorts on his Facebook page and was excited to get the chance to meet many of his Kickstarter backers at the world’s most prolific consumer electronics show.

Shai Goitein Flies PowerUpThe $1 million funding goal comes with an accompanying stretch goal for “dogfighting mode.” This would allow two PowerUp owners to duke it out in the air. When the planes get close to one another, the first to shoot can watch the other’s plane fall out of the sky.

The next stretch goal at $2 million in funding is a long shot, but if backers can make it happen it would see the introduction of a pinhole camera to the device so owners could shoot video and upload it to YouTube. Wouldn’t that make the PowerUp the world’s cheapest surveillance drone?

The campaign has a little over 10 days to go at the time of writing and contributions continue to come in.


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