If touchscreen controls are stopping you from getting excited about mobile and tablet gaming, the minds behind the Pandora open-source handheld/emulator may just have the answer to your prayers. The good news is that their new gadget, the iControlPad 2, promises to be compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device and is small enough to conveniently carry around. The worse (though predictable) news is that you'll need to put your money where your mouth is on Kickstarter.
Trailer and details below.
"Between 2009 and 2011 we developed, prototyped and brought to market the iControlPad; a unique controller which connected to phones to play games," proclaims the blurb. "Now we want to go one better; a programmable, open-source, Bluetooth, super-compact controller with a keyboard that you can use on almost any tech device."
Quick facts and details include:
- Fully user programmable microcontroller, running open-source software
- 55 key keyboard - Shoulder buttons -Twin analogue nubs - High-quality Dpad
- New swivel clamp for easier phone handling
- Works as a standard HID (keyboard, joystick, iCade etc) for anything with either bluetooth or USB connections
- Lasts for 14 hours of active use on a single charge
- Working prototypes finished, ready for mass production now
Other benefits apparently include a convenient phone holder that essentially transforms your mobile into a handheld console, and the fact that it's fully open source. If you want to add your own commands/protocols, you can, or download them from others.
We've been bemoaning the lack of convenient and ubiquitous bluetooth controllers for a while now, and the iControlPad 2 could well improve the mobile gaming experience (you'll need to pledge $61 to receive a controller plus shipping). The project needs to attract $150,000 over the next 25 days to get the green light, so let us know what you make of it.