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  • Game-Gripper Will Bring Real Controls to Smartphones


    It looks like the iControlPad may be getting some real competition, real fast. Game-Gripper is a new concept for adding real gaming controls to smartphones via a universal clamp-on hardware game pad. To ensure compatibility with as many devices as possible, the Game-Gripper attaches to your phone via a spring-loaded clamp to hold the device in place, and it relies on Bluetooth connectivity rather than physical I/O ports so there's no need to worry about which phone you have. The website flaunts a number of Android phones, apparently already compatible with the device, as it relies on industry-standard Bluetooth HID profiles to remain friendly with just about any phone. iPhone compatibility is mentioned here-and-there, but no solid claims are made, as compatibility with individual games and emulators relies solely on the developer's willingness to implement support for it.

    However, you shouldn't expect the Game-Gripper to start shipping right away. The Game-Gripper team is using a service known as Kickstarter, which offers a way for prospective start-ups to connect with potential customers and allow them to place down monetary "pledges," to get people interested in the device. Mass production will not even begin until at least $30,000 have been raised from these pledges, and your $47 pledge will grab you your own Game-Gripper if the $30,000 mark is reached. If not, you aren't charged anything. Unfortunately, the future looks somewhat bleak--as of this writing, only 8 individuals have pledged, and the mark must be reached by March 2 at 1:42 AM EST. With enough support, however, you could unleash your phone's entire gaming potential and make this a reality.

    Some notable comparisons with the iControlPad: the Game-Gripper seems to be a 100% universal device, while the iControlPad looks like it will require different side clips depending on the phone, and the iControlPad seems to be significantly larger, which may be a detractor for those who pack lightly on-the-go. However, iControlPad has a built-in battery pack to extend the life of your phone while playing those notoriously-battery-consuming games, while the Game-Gripper does not physically connect to the phone at all. The iControlPad also sports dual analog sticks, a feature not found on the Game-Gripper. When it comes down to it though, the biggest factor in choosing a game controller for your phone will be developer support for it. Hopefully, for those popular games by developers not interested in supporting controllers, we will see Cydia tweaks adding controller support to them.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw0LXyvHHXw]YouTube - The Bluetooth Game Gripper[/ame]



    Game-Gripper homepage
    Game-Gripper's Kickstarter pledge page


    This article was originally published in forum thread: Game-Gripper Will Bring Real Controls to Smartphones started by n00neimp0rtant View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. carbeto's Avatar
      carbeto -
      And now we need the pistol-gun like the Nintendo oh the old days shooting ducks.
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by carbeto View Post
      And now we need the pistol-gun like the Nintendo oh the old days shooting ducks.
      Hopefully they will resurrect the "Glove". Lmfao.
    1. vedavis's Avatar
      vedavis -
      It seems very easy to use.

      Currently up to $8K.

      The Bluetooth Game Gripper, a game pad for your phone! by Hyrum Fairbanks PE
    1. chi_towner1's Avatar
      chi_towner1 -
      This is no competition to the ICP YET! Maybe later once it actually goes into production but the ICP is being sold built and shipping as we speak.(: I have one on order! The game grip is a viable alternative if it goes in to production....not dogging the project...in fact kinda jealous someone came up with such a simple easy to use design! Good job! I'm going to pledge on tues if it's closes enough to the 30k mark
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Not a big gamer on the iPhone. Pretty cool though.
    1. elementvdz's Avatar
      elementvdz -
      Just pledged the $47 it takes to get one of these. Hopefully they actually make it to $30k!
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      What's so special about the number "42"??

      Why 1:42?
    1. Archez's Avatar
      Archez -
      I would like to see an iPad fit on the spring. But mostlikely I will be sticking with the iControlPad for the battery pack and the analog sticks.
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Archez View Post
      I would like to see an iPad fit on the spring. But mostlikely I will be sticking with the iControlPad for the battery pack and the analog sticks.
      Yes better for the iPad
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      Typically I'm of the opinion that if I want to play a really fun game, I'll get on XBox. I'm not too good at dedicating myself long-term to phone games that have any longevity to them. On the other hand, I love simple, single/double/triple function games that are really simple (Angry Birds, Disc Pool, Trainyard, other puzzle games) and fun to play when you're bored and you have your phone on you.

      However, this is a nice design. The few games that do share middle ground that I enjoy on the phone would be made better by this. It would probably even encourage me to expand my preferences in phone gaming.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      What's so special about the number "42"??

      Why 1:42?
      Well... "42" is the answer to the ultimate question!

      Seriously though: probably a certain amount of time after the contract is signed... "You have 31 days, 12hours to achieve enough pledges, or you forfeit your soul."

      Or something like that.


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    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Personally I haven't decided which one I'll be buying. It will really come down to zodttd updating his emulators for iOS 4 (genesis4iphone and gb4iphone still don't work!!)




      They've almost got 30% of the funding they need with still almost 2 weeks left! Show your support
    1. Slim J's Avatar
      Slim J -
      Strangely enough, that is the type of phone I have
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      Personally I haven't decided which one I'll be buying. It will really come down to zodttd updating his emulators for iOS 4 (genesis4iphone and gb4iphone still don't work!!)




      They've almost got 30% of the funding they need with still almost 2 weeks left! Show your support
      I thought if you ran GP RC6+ over your pwn'd device that it fixed the emulators.
    1. INeed2Know's Avatar
      INeed2Know -
      Imagine game gripper on an phone which has a slide out keyboard, so you get double the awesome!


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    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Not sure it's going to happen. They seem to be a little behind on the dough