Gaming on smartphones and tablets is increasingly popular, but the proliferation of stick-on joysticks would indicate that people miss the tactile feed back of a physical controller. The iControlPad goes beyond a simple stick-on joystick and adds a full controller to your smartphone. The controller has “dual analogue nubs, digital D-Pad, 6 face buttons and 2 rear buttons,” and it connects via Bluetooth to devices with HID keyboard, joystick, and gamepad modes. It’s compatible with many emulators, including NES, SNES, Megadrive/Genesis, MAME, PC-Engine, MSX, Gameboy, Amiga, C64 and more. With an iPhone, you can play 30 iCade games from the app store, with no jailbreaking required. It has an internal 1360mAh battery for many hours of gaming, and you can even use the iControlPad to top off your iPhone’s battery.
There’s an adjustable metal clamp that holds your smartphone in place as you play, and it’s compatible with a wide variety of smartphones. You can stow or remove the metal clamp and use the iControlPad with your tablets. The firmware is upgradeable, too. Learn more about the iControlPad and the BluTrol iOS app that let’s you map controls to iOS games at the iControlPad website.
The iControlPad is $62.49.