Monday, November 7, 2011

iControl Pad Hits the Market

 

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As regular readers know, I've been thinking about whether you really need a slideout keyboard any more.  Then along comes this nifty little gadget that gives all kinds of gaming controls for any smart phone that has a BlueTooth connection.
It's a pretty good idea.  Supposedly the device was originally going to be iPhone only and would connect via the patented Apple connector, but the company decided it was just easier to bypass that idea and go with BlueTooth.
It's currently being sold through ThinkGeek and is compatible with that website's games in the iCade iPad arcade cabinet.  However, it will also work with Android as well.
It uses its own power source so the only thing that will drain your phone is the actual game you are playing.  The price is $75, which doesn't seem outrageous, and can be ordered by clicking on the link above.

Product Specifications

  • Fully functional Bluetooth gaming controller for smartphones (but you can also use it with computers, tablets, and consoles - anything with Bluetooth!)
  • Compatible with almost every Bluetooth enabled smartphone
  • Official iOS App Store Apps include any app with iCade emulation mode or dual nubs mode (no jailbreak required)
  • Hundreds of Android apps work with the iControlPad using Bluez IME, an input handling program. Also, games that support BT Gamepads or Keyboards and let you map keys will work out of the box with iControlPad.
  • Dual analog nubs, digital D-Pad, 6 face buttons, 2 rear buttons
  • Bluetooth connection with HID keyboard, joystick, and gamepad modes

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