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PowerUp 3.0 lends power and control to homemade paper airplanes

PowerUp 3.0 lends power and control to homemade paper airplanes

New York-based industrial design manager and pilot Shai Goitein has given his PowerUp paper airplane motor a giant upgrade. First launched in 2011, the PowerUp module could turn a standard homemade paper airplane into a longer-flying, propeller-powered machine. But there was no accelerating, banking, climbing or descending, and it could only fly for 90 seconds. Thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 technology, Goitein's module can now do all this and more -- and you can now control it with your smartphone.

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TobyRich SmartPlane auto-stabilizes smartphone-controlled flight

TobyRich SmartPlane auto-stabilizes smartphone-controlled flight

The German company TobyRich has launched a smartphone-controlled "smartplane" designed specifically for people who couldn't fly a plane if their lives depended on it. Aptly dubbed "SmartPlane", this gadget-and-app combo automatically adjusts the plane's trajectory and speed to stay in the air no matter how new you may be to the world of radio-controlled model fixed-wings. Its body is even designed to protect the propeller if you manage to end up smacking it into the ground anyway.

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Zee.Aero develops flying car near Google X

Zee.Aero develops flying car near Google X

From the front it looks a bit like a catfish. From the top it looks like a water strider. From the side it looks like a great white shark. This odd-looking flying car is under development at a technology company near the Google X research facility--although so far it looks like Google is not involved with this project.

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EASA approves device use at all stages of European flights

EASA approves device use at all stages of European flights

Beginning as early as December of this year, you will soon be allowed to power-on and use approved electronic devices during all stages of the flight on most Europe-based airlines. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) this week issued a ruling to that effect, following a similar ruling by the US's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last month. Like the FAA, EASA will allow Wi-Fi enabled devices to be turned on, but not cellular radios.

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Morph airline seat concept adjusts to passenger size

Morph airline seat concept adjusts to passenger size

Airplanes aren't known for being the most roomy vessels one can travel in, and dealing with matters concerning personal space and passenger size has been a touchy -- and sometimes heated -- topic. Various solutions have been proposed, such as having static seats available in different sizes, but the latest is perhaps the most unique -- Morph, an adjustable airplane seat concept that adjusts to different passenger sizes.

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Elon Musk talks electric supersonic airplane ambitions

Elon Musk talks electric supersonic airplane ambitions

Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame is known for his ideas and ambitions and the successes that have largely resulted from both. Blending the two companies' focus into another idea, Musk spoke last year of an electric supersonic aircraft that could take off and land vertically, something that is no small goal. Fast forward a year, and Musk has talked about this again, this time at the DealBook's Opportunities for Tomorrow conference.

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Amazon stokes FAA device ruling fire with Kindle blow-out

Amazon stokes FAA device ruling fire with Kindle blow-out

Amazon has decidedly announced their full support of the new FAA ruling for in-flight device use with not only a suggestion that they've always done so, but that they're willing to let their device prices prove it. Amazon Kindle prices have been kicked down a notch for a single day by the company suggesting they're excited their users will be able to read throughout the flight, not just once they've reached 10,000 feet.

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