iPhone controlled paper planes!

I’ve long been a fan of paper planes. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of are of constructing and launching paper planes around the school yard.
For a while now I’ve been eyeing off the powerup paper plane power pod on thinkgeek. Debating if I should get one or if I should just stick with the paper in its
true form. Then I saw this on kickstarter. Remote control paper planes! Convert any paper plane into a remote control plane and steer it with your iphone. Its a two channel control system. If you want to climb, then throttle up. It turns through rudder (Yaw) control, so there is no roll control.

This is the minimum you need to control a plane. With the control unit and battery up the front and a propeller and motor at the rear, the body looks like a
thin black stick. You lay the system down the body of your plan, throttle up, and fly away.

For $45 deliverd to Australia, I’ll give it a go.

I also found an interactive bokken training sword on kickstarter. Its possible I’m addicted to kickstarter, but I’m resisting the sword. For now.

Jeri Elsworth is being awesome. Again.

Jeri Elsworth is awesome. She makes things that would make most makers balk and give up before they even start. From building race car chassis, to home semiconductor experiments (Want to make your own transistors kids? I know you do!), she will have a go. Sometimes she wins, and sometimes not, but she always takes the time to document it so we can all learn.

Her new venture is an amazing set of 720p (per eye) Augmented reality/Virtual reality glasses. The team is, Jeri on hardware, Rick Johnson (game development guru) on software, and Toby the cat (roll unknown).

Sure, I’m going to be poor for a while, but I’m going to be one excited geek when they arrive next September!

You can check out the detail on the Kickstarter page or on the company web site.