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The 60beat GamePad plugs into iDevices via their 3.5 mm headphone jack

While the success of Apple’s iDevices has prompted a swathe of games perfectly suited to a touchscreen interface, many types of games suffer when making the transition from a controller-based interface. As a result we’ve seen a number of peripherals designed to add a physical controller to iOS devices, such as the GameBone Pro, iControlPad and low-tech JOYSTICK-IT. Those looking for a slightly more traditional input device for their mobile gaming needs now have another product to consider in the form of the 60beat GamePad.  Read More

The Drone Station app lets users remotely pilot an AR.Drone quadricopter using video game ...

The AR.Drone quadricopter really is quite a nifty toy ... or tool ... or whatever you want to call it. Up until now, however, it could only be controlled by an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, an Android smartphone, or for the people who have one, a Linux PC. While those options weren’t exactly holding users back, the folks over at Drone Apps realized that a lot more would be possible if the aircraft could be piloted through an iMac or Macbook – most importantly, controllers such as joysticks and gamepads could be used. The result is an OS X application called Drone Station.  Read More

Steelseries SRW-S1 racing controller

When it comes to hardcore racing games, the trend seems to rest more on authenticity than portability, with controls ranging from a separate wheel and pedals to one arcade game in Japan that is literally a full-sized car. Hoping to offer a more compact alternative, SteelSeries has teamed up with game developer, Ignite Technologies, to create the Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel.  Read More

Gametel is a wireless detachable gamepad for Android 2.1 (and up) and iDevices, that suppo...

Swedish company Fructel will soon offer a smartphone- and tablet-compatible accessory tailored for mobile gamers, in the form of the Gametel wireless controller. Compatible with over 50 titles, the gamepad connects via Bluetooth and supports devices running Android 2.1 or higher, as well as iPhone and iPad.  Read More

The iControlPad Bluetooth gaming controller offers mobile gamers a similar level of contro...

Many people now carry pocket-sized computers around in the shape of smartphones, and the processing power and graphics capabilities offered by modern devices means that gamers can now enjoy a mobile experience that's not too far removed from console gaming - albeit on a much smaller scale. Unless you've opted for Sony's Xperia PLAY, though, smartphone gaming can be distinctly lacking in the level of control that console gamers are used to. With six face buttons, two rear trigger buttons and a digital D-pad, the iControlPad Bluetooth gaming controller aims to address this issue. It's compatible with just about all smartphones, and there's even an adjustable metal clamp to hold the phone securely in place above the controller.  Read More

The Turbo Fire EVO Wireless Controller for Xbox 360 packs a 1.7-inch LCD display

Online gamers not wanting to rely purely on skill to outplay opponents now have a cheat-friendly Xbox 360 controller to add to their arsenal. The Turbo Fire EVO Wireless Controller from U.K.-based video game accessory maker Datel packs a 1.7-inch LCD display - sorry, “Combat Command LCD interface” - that makes it easy to fine-tune settings during gameplay.  Read More

Encased in a gamepad-shaped silicone housing, the Nintendo 3DS Deluxe Power Grip doubles t...

Disappointing battery life was one of the flaws indicated in Gizmag's review of the Nintendo 3DS, back in June. Encased in a gamepad-shaped silicone housing, the Nintendo 3DS Deluxe Power Grip from New York-based manufacturer CTA Digital aims at overcoming the battery life issue by offering an extra power supply, while doubling as a stand.  Read More

The Leaf Grip Remote Controller is an experimental device that users twist or bend to cont...

Why change channels by clicking on buttons, when you could do the same thing by twisting your remote? Japan's Murata Manufacturing Company obviously sees advantages in this approach and has created a prototype dubbed the "Leaf Grip Remote Controller" to showcase the idea. Flexing the battery-less device not only changes TV channels, but it also switches inputs, controls the volume, and turns the power on and off.  Read More

Keith McMillen Instruments has introduced SoftStep KeyWorx, a foot-operated computer inter...

Using one's feet works quite well while driving, so why not use them to control computers, too? That's what Berkley-based company Keith McMillen Instruments wondered, and ended up designing SoftStep KeyWorx, a foot-operated computer interface device. It's Mac and PC compatible, and offers 10 touch-sensitive buttons and a navigation pad, along with up to 100 macros that allow for customized commands and shortcuts.  Read More

Microsoft has unveiled the new driving controller for Xbox 360: Wireless Speed Wheel

Perhaps Microsoft's employees responsible for product naming don't drive very often, given that they call this cordless gaming accessory a "wheel". For racing fans who own an Xbox 360, however, the arrival of the Wireless Speed Wheel is good news, as there aren't many driving controllers for the Microsoft console on the market. This one's price tag is pretty decent, too.  Read More

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