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  • Hacked NES Controller Plays iPad Games


    Forget hacking the PS3. Old-school gamers like myself were practically moved to tears by the wicked cool video footage of a hacked NES controller playing a game on Apple's first-generation iPad. According to Slash Gear, Joven of ProtoDojo has combined a Nintendo Entertainment System controller, Arduino, and some micro servos to create a functional controller for your iPad games.

    In the video above, Joven is playing Reckless Racing on his tablet. While it all looks like fun and games, it certainly took some creative rigging to make the hack feasible. "I hacked my old NES controller to control micro servos with custom conductive arms that simulate touches to the screen of my iPad," Joven says. "The servos are attached to the screen with mini suction cups and can be easily positioned for any game."

    All told, the hack seems to work well and the gameplay has the hacking community largely tipping its collective hat to the sweet NES-meets-iPad gaming experience.

    Source: Slash Gear
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Hacked NES Controller Plays iPad Games started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. Tweetix's Avatar
      Tweetix -
      Pretty cool piece of technology... Can't wait to see the finished version of this controller :-)
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      OKay thats awesome now i want an ipad just for that
    1. wljw69's Avatar
      wljw69 -
      cool
    1. hxclos's Avatar
      hxclos -
      I wish there was a way we could use our iPhone/iPod as a controller via bluetooth.
    1. Razz's Avatar
      Razz -
      Quote Originally Posted by hxclos View Post
      I wish there was a way we could use our iPhone/iPod as a controller via bluetooth.
      +1
    1. chi_towner1's Avatar
      chi_towner1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hxclos View Post
      I wish there was a way we could use our iPhone/iPod as a controller via bluetooth.
      there is it's called the iControl Pad its way better than this!!!
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      UMMMM ENGAGET SHOWED THIS, LIKE 3 days ago... yup yup
    1. hxclos's Avatar
      hxclos -
      Quote Originally Posted by chi_towner1 View Post
      there is it's called the iControl Pad its way better than this!!!
      That is not what I meant. I don't want a physical controller attached to my iPhone, I want to use my iPhone's touch screen as a controller. And I don't want to have to jailbreak my iPhone to be able to do this. We can already use the wireless keyboard to type on our iPads and we can already use our iPhone as a controller for our AppleTV. Why not use our iPhone as a controller for iPad games?

      Take this for example. But I think it should be available to everyone not just rom games that require jailbreak. And yes, I am jailbroken. [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc1vju5CzPQ&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - SNES HD for iPad[/ame]
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      I love seeing new innovations!!
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Way to much to carry around !!! But I like it
    1. chi_towner1's Avatar
      chi_towner1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hxclos View Post
      That is not what I meant. I don't want a physical controller attached to my iPhone, I want to use my iPhone's touch screen as a controller. And I don't want to have to jailbreak my iPhone to be able to do this. We can already use the wireless keyboard to type on our iPads and we can already use our iPhone as a controller for our AppleTV. Why not use our iPhone as a controller for iPad games?

      Take this for example. But I think it should be available to everyone not just rom games that require jailbreak. And yes, I am jailbroken. YouTube - SNES HD for iPad
      Wow that's awesome! Well the icontrol pad DOESNOT need to be jailbroken to work...If you want to use the emulators than yea you can JB...but idk the iPhone to iPad seems like the smart way to go since many iPad users have iPhones....but I prefer my iCP...no harm no foul
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      I love it!!! New technology using old school technology.
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by hxclos View Post
      I wish there was a way we could use our iPhone/iPod as a controller via bluetooth.
      Yeah, that'd be pretty cool. Game devs should make that as an option in their games and that would be like having a big 3DS!
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Oh wow nicee
    1. iCR4C's Avatar
      iCR4C -
      That looks sick


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    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      That is pretty cool.
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      Quote Originally Posted by hxclos View Post
      I wish there was a way we could use our iPhone/iPod as a controller via bluetooth.
      Seriously that would be the missing link to these two devices. iPad screen to iPhone/iPod to remote! Game on
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      He shouldve had a practice run 1st, ive never seen someone so bad at reckless racing lolz


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    1. hxclos's Avatar
      hxclos -
      I found an app called "Mpad - Controller" on the app store that turns your iPhone/iPod into a controller. It's $.99 for the controller and the two iPad games currently available are free. You can connect via BlueTooth or the same Wi-fi network if you have trouble with your iPhone's BlueTooth like I did.
    1. andypropaganda's Avatar
      andypropaganda -
      I find this pretty awesome. And somewhat ironic because just the other day I was thinking that if Apple were to enter the console market they should team up with Nintendo.... Hmmmm?