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iMpulse mobile game controller is on sale, fits on your keychain

Posted: , by Luis D.

iMpulse mobile game controller is on sale, fits on your keychain
It was more than a year ago when we first heard about the iMpulse - the smallest game controller for Android and iOS. Back in 2012, the miniature peripheral was little more than another Kickstarter darling, full of promise and unsure of its future. Now, the iMpulse is finished and available for purchase. The controller costs $39.99 and seems to match what was promised in the fundraiser. On its front side, it features a D-pad, Start/Pause button, four gaming buttons (backlit). On the bottom, you will find two "shoulder" buttons. Regarding ergonomics, it looks like the iMpulse was conceived with thoughtful engineering, as placing the shoulder buttons in their usual frontal position would have made for an awkward, claw-like grip.

The iMpulse connects to Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth and operates at a distance of up to 100 feet away. It's powered by a lithium-polymer battery, which takes three hours to charge and lasts for nine hours of gaming. You can also play while charging, by plugging the included micro-USB cable in an electrical contact with a charger, or directly in the mobile device.

Besides its obvious gaming capabilities, the controller offers some practical functionality as well. The iMpulse, being a Bluetooth-peripheral, can be used to control Bluetooth-enabled mobile Media Player apps - for example, Spotify and Pandora. It can also act as a camera remote for your smartphone, although Android users will have to download a camera app that uses the volume button + to activate the shutter. Finally, as the controller is small enough be worn on a keychain, a mobile app lets you use it to find your lost keys - assuming they are within the distance of 100 feet. It works by making the controller emit a noise from a small speaker inside its shell.

If the iMpulse has caught your attention as well, you can learn more from the links below.


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posted on 02 Jan 2014, 09:35 1

1. AfterShock (Posts: 2535; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Want it!

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 13:07

2. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I really like it. My only two issues is that they dont sell too many good stands for phones, and why in the world would they charge through mini-usb instead of micro usb???

It's incovenient to chug around with two different type of chargers when youre on the go. When I travel I only charge through my car micro usb charger.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 13:48

3. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


My pulse hurts just looking at the pictures...

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:03

4. RandomUsername (Posts: 419; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


I'd rather have keyboard and mouse support for some mobile games... (GTA)

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 15:00

6. xq10xa (Posts: 123; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I have this. It just wasn't what I thought it would be. Doesn't work with some games.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 15:26 1

7. drhyde (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)


I have this from the Kickstarter. I did a massively long post about it on my blog.

tkgod.blogspot.com

You'll find it just below my Android 4.4 thoughts.

One correction though Luis D., the controller charges with microUSB, not mini. It also has gamepad support for Android through a firmware update.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 20:00 1

8. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I have an... "impulse"... to buy this.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 00:59

9. vanman (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Mar 2014)


I have it and it works perfectly.
I use it to play Android games and emulators (currently playing the Android port of Another World, as well as Paradroid, and Riptide GP) and NES and PS1 emulators. The keyfinder works every time too. And use it to control video and playing songs with it's media mode.
Well worth the price in my opinion.

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