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    Default 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

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    Pretty cool piece of technology... Can't wait to see the finished version of this controller :-)

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    OKay thats awesome now i want an ipad just for that
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    I wish there was a way we could use our iPhone/iPod as a controller via bluetooth.

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    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

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    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!!!

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    UMMMM ENGAGET SHOWED THIS, LIKE 3 days ago... yup yup

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    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]

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    I love seeing new innovations!!

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    Way to much to carry around !!! But I like it

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    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

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    I love it!!! New technology using old school technology.

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    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!

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    Oh wow nicee

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    That looks sick


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    That is pretty cool.

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    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

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    He shouldve had a practice run 1st, ive never seen someone so bad at reckless racing lolz


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    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.

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