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MacRumors
Jul 12, 2011, 02:09 PM
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For iPod Touch owners looking to add a little oomph to their gaming, we present the Mophie Pulse case (http://www.mophie.com/pulse-iPod-Touch-4th-Gen-vibrating-gaming-case-p/2015_pul-t4-gry.htm). It promises "pulse pounding" stereo sound and "bone-shaking" vibration via some fancy technology (http://www.vivitouch.com/technology.php) called ViviTouch (http://www.vivitouch.com/).

ViviTouch technology doesn't require developers to use an API to generate vibrations. Instead, it converts game audio into a variety of different effects. For example, clicks or the sound of a pinball bouncing off a wall, will make one "feeling effect", while shooting a gun might make a different one. There is also a subwoofer mode that creates a vibration when low-frequency rumbles are heard. There IS an API that developers can use to optimize their games (http://www.vivitouch.com/developers.php) for ViviTouch.

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Mophie, the company actually putting the technology into production, is the same outfit behind the excellent Juice Pack (http://www.mophie.com/battery-cases-s/51.htm) extended battery cases. The company has a sign-up page (http://www.mophie.com/pulse-iPod-Touch-4th-Gen-vibrating-gaming-case-p/2015_pul-t4-gry.htm) to get notified when the Pulse launches. Mophie promises the Pulse is "coming soon."

Hat tip to Kotaku (http://kotaku.com/5820160/the-promise-of-haptic-feedback-coming-to-your-iphone).

Article Link: Mophie Pulse to Bring Stereo Sound + Haptic Vibration to iPod Touch (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/07/12/mophie-pulse-to-bring-stereo-sound-haptic-vibration-to-ipod-touch/)



dustinsc
Jul 12, 2011, 02:22 PM
Throw a D-Pad and some buttons on there and make the Touch a true gaming device.

winks360
Jul 12, 2011, 02:26 PM
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It would be cool to see simething like this built in to the i- devices.

smileyborg
Jul 12, 2011, 02:30 PM
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Why isn't there a good, high quality piece of hardware like this that connnects to the dock connector and provides a real thumbstick, triggers, and buttons yet???? I don't get it at all. FPS games just do not work well using a touchscreen or gyro (unlike other games such as driving ones). A quality accesory like this would really make the iPhone competitive with the PSP and similar.

arn
Jul 12, 2011, 02:33 PM
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Why isn't there a good, high quality piece of hardware like this that connnects to the dock connector and provides a real thumbstick, triggers, and buttons yet???? I don't get it at all. FPS games just do not work well using a touchscreen or gyro (unlike other games such as driving ones). A quality accesory like this would really make the iPhone competitive with the PSP and similar.


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this one just came out, but it's bluetooth, not dock connector.

arn

dustinsc
Jul 12, 2011, 02:51 PM
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this one just came out, but it's bluetooth, not dock connector.

arn

Oh, so close to perfect. It just needs to be about 30% smaller. I'm sure it can happen.

LiquidSpikes
Jul 12, 2011, 06:40 PM
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this one just came out, but it's bluetooth, not dock connector.

arn

I can hardly wait to get mine!

I bought this last week.... so excited for some emulated fun! :D

Sol
Jul 12, 2011, 09:22 PM
I like it but I wonder if it will have its own headphone port. It seems like this will come out just to prove to Apple and others in the mobile games business that the technology works. Ultimately, this technology will become a built-in feature for mobile devices.

Doctor Q
Jul 13, 2011, 12:49 PM
The same idea could be used to produce images to go with music, like an audio-sensitive lightbox. Your case could glow and pulse in time to your favorite songs.

Pigumon
Jul 18, 2011, 02:52 AM
Oh, so close to perfect. It just needs to be about 30% smaller. I'm sure it can happen.

How about 80% smaller and cooler. Too bad it never went into production.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkB9vQDY3eU

Mr. Gates
Jul 18, 2011, 09:18 AM
If a 3G iPod touch comes out anytime soon I will def. get one of these.

I love Mophie