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Meet iMpulse – the smallest game controller for iPhone and Android

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Meet iMpulse – the smallest game controller for iPhone and Android
Kickstarter is a place where a lot of great product concepts can be found, an iMpulse is one of them. It is a wireless controller for mobile devices – smartphones, tablets, and the like, with support for both iOS and Android. What can you do with it, you ask? Well, the proper question would be what can't you do with the tiny gizmo.

For starters, iMpulse is made for playing video games. Sure, most titles are fine to play with on-screen controls, but the tactile response that physical buttons provide feels a lot better. In case you are wondering, emulators are supported. Another thing you can do with iMpulse is to trigger your camera shutter, so no more need to fiddle with your smartphone's built-in camera timer. And if that's not enough, iMpulse can also control media playback remotely. Not bad for a gadget small enough to work as a keychain. Speaking of which, a dedicated app allows you to locate the device, and therefore your keys, should you happen to misplace them.

Since the iMpulse project has collected the necessary funding, it will be turned into a commercial product. And in case you want to pre-order one today, just head to Kickstarter and pledge. A single iMpulse wireless controller costs $30, while $55 will get you a customized unit with a metal finish and a T-shirt.

source: Kickstarter

Meet iMpulse – the smallest game controller for iPhone and Android

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posted on 15 Oct 2012, 09:34 3

1. toyboyz (Posts: 207; Member since: 22 Jan 2010)

Hahaha! This design is from a guy who designed the same exact configuration game controller for a sony vaio ux.:-) :O

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 09:49 3

2. mio15 (Posts: 38; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)

Dual Sticks would have been nice. Playing a Shooter on a Touchscreen is the real deal breaker. But still very nice concept.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 10:18 2

3. dsmboost (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

Majority of high quality games require moving the camera around..this controller would be utterly useless for those games. I can only see this being useful for casual games, racing games or emulators. It is definitely a neat concept, though.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 11:07

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4292; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Those camera dependant games involves movements too much...i'd rather play a game with buttons. And this is a nice not... Though i think the 'i' prefix won't be a good name if it's also meant for Android lovers who have 'i'.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 11:15

5. buccob (Posts: 2714; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

If they would put a gyro sensor and digital compass in the iMpulse, they could use that for Aiming in some shooter games such as NOVA and Modern Combat... and driving or flight simulators such as Chaos and X Plane

Some games are compatible with such sensors instead of touching the screen for aiming and looking around...

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 11:17

6. dsmboost (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

Modern Combat, Nova, Shadow Gun, Dead Space, Order & Chaos, Batman, Spiderman..basically all 3d games that require moving a character around in a 3d space or aiming require moving the camera around the environment.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 11:29

7. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

is anyone else getting sick of the 'i' in everything? besides android has way better options if you root it

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 12:20 1

8. frustyak (Posts: 223; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)

If it will enable me to drive in a straight line in GTA III on my Nexus 7, I'm sold.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 16:02

10. DetroitTech (Posts: 66; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

Haha. Exactly.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 13:26

9. antmiu2 (Posts: 369; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)

if only it had L / R buttons I would throw my money at it!

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 20:24

11. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Looks too small for comfort.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 05:14

12. absolete (Posts: 12; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

I'd rather this to be honest... 2 analog sticks and bumper buttons..


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