‘We have all been there. Yes, we know that you have made a paper plane and ensured that the range of it was more than that of your friend back in the school and you are a bit nostalgic about the topic. Let’s take you back to those good old days and make paper planes again, but this time, digitally.’
That pretty much would have been the pitch, when Google started to work with Active Theory on their new experimental app called Paper Planes. The app is available on Google Play Store for absolutely free and has been made available just in time for the World Peace Day. According to the app description, ‘Paper Planes started as a simple thought – “What if you could throw a paper plane from one screen to another?” The heart of this concept is to bring people together from all over the world, using the power of the web and Android to create an instant connection.’
The application is really simple from the outside, but is a complex combination of WebSockets, WebGL, and WebWorkers to ensure that everything flows rather smoothly. When you install the application, you are guided to build a paper plane by folding a virtual paper after you have stamped it with your location. Once you have followed the on-screen instruction and folded the plane right, it is now time to launch the paper plane into the real world.
You are required to here, simulate the action of throwing a plane using your phone, be mindful to not let go off your phone, though.
Once your plane is launched, you can keep tabs on how far it has travelled in terms of geography as well as catch new paper planes. After launching your plane, you will be given a net that can be used to catch planes that are flying around you. Once you catch a plane, you have to unfold the paper, stamp it with your location and throw it back, and this goes on.
The fun concept is to try and see if your own plane would come back to you someday. Using push notifications, the application will prompt you how far your plane has travelled so that you are kept in the loop.
If you are also in mood for some paper plane launching, you got to try the app out by downloading it from the Google Play Store here.
h/t: Android Central