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Jan 31, 2013, 11:22 PM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/02/bowblade.jpgAt Macworld/iWorld this afternoon, one company was demonstrating an archery-based iPhone accessory, the BowBlade (http://www.bowblade.net/gaming.html), which was inspired by movies like The Hunger Games.

The BowBlade is designed to look and feel like a traditional bow and arrow with one caveat - there's an iPhone attached. The iPhone goes at the front of the device, the bow is extended, and a trigger at the back fires a shot. When the trigger is fired, a stylus tip touches the screen.

BowBlade works with 35 different apps (http://www.bowblade.net/GamingManual1.pdf), including titles like Star Battalion (http://appshopper.com/games/star-battalion), Final Space (http://appshopper.com/games/final-space), Real Shooter (http://appshopper.com/games/real-shooter), and Nerf Blaster Challenge (http://appshopper.com/games/nerf-blaster-challenge).

Various games incorporate extra features like the iPhone's camera and augmented reality to create real world targets, or the iPhone's gyroscope and accelerometer for aiming and firing. Our sister site TouchArcade has a video of the BowBlade in action:

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The four pound version of the BowBlade being demonstrated at Macworld was a prototype, but the company has pre-orders available for $185. Shipping will begin in April.

Article Link: Macworld/iWorld 2013: The BowBlade is an Archery Accessory for the iPhone (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/01/macworldiworld-2013-the-bowblade-is-an-archery-accessory-for-the-iphone/)



mrsir2009
Jan 31, 2013, 11:27 PM
Maybe I'm not getting it right... But since this is to be used as a bow n' arrow accessory for games, wouldn't the iPhone's screen be far too small to see anything on it when you're using the bow and arrow?

Navdakilla
Jan 31, 2013, 11:55 PM
Looks cool. I was thinking to myself I would buy it as a toy..

then I saw 185... I would have bought it for 50$

nagromme
Feb 1, 2013, 12:05 AM
"The BowBlade is designed to look and feel like a traditional bow and arrow"

It seems to achieve neither... but oh well, at least it's fun to see entrepreneurs get creative!

(The idea of playing sci-fi Star Battalion on a little screen stuck on the tip of a simulated stone-age bow is surreal. So is the release mechanism.... looks like you don't actually let go of the string, but do something with the hand next to the phone. And the action is not via Bluetooth if there's that little "stylus" that mechanically touches the screen! This is some mad science here. I don't see the "blade" part yet, but nothing would surprise me!)

turtlez
Feb 1, 2013, 12:08 AM
lol can't wait to beat my scores! :rolleyes:

macsrcool1234
Feb 1, 2013, 12:46 AM
Maybe I'm not getting it right... But since this is to be used as a bow n' arrow accessory for games, wouldn't the iPhone's screen be far too small to see anything on it when you're using the bow and arrow?

+10000000

Interesting idea, but terrible execution. This was not thought out properly at all.

DrumApple
Feb 1, 2013, 12:58 AM
How...stupid.

InfoTime
Feb 1, 2013, 01:12 AM
looks like you don't actually let go of the stringYeah, that's what I was wondering. Didn't look like he ever released the string. WTF? It's been a long time since I shot an arrow out of a real bow, but I remember that being able to release and fire was a pretty crucial step in the process.

Still, maybe I'm missing something about how it works. I could see how it could be fun. Especially if the augmented reality mode could become some kind of laser-tag type game.

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Better video that shows it in action here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yxw7lyVAGdg#!

iSayuSay
Feb 1, 2013, 01:22 AM
Just make sure you don't insert an arrow on it unless you want a big O on your iPhone screen :p

Ppq
Feb 1, 2013, 01:53 AM
firing gun / throwing snowballs with bow simulator. priceless

ChristianJapan
Feb 1, 2013, 01:54 AM
Just make sure you don't insert an arrow on it unless you want a big O on your iPhone screen :p

But hard to miss from that "distance" :rolleyes:

Wonder how much force it require; looks like 2 pound

Jibbajabba
Feb 1, 2013, 02:21 AM
Firing a stylus at my phone. What could possible go wrong. Remember Wii Remote vs. Plasma screens :)

AngerDanger
Feb 1, 2013, 02:26 AM
Jeez, it's like somebody superglued my palm to my face. I could barely see the video from between my fingers. Typing is harder too.

iPhysicist
Feb 1, 2013, 02:45 AM
Someone should give him 20$ for the idea and slap another 20$ in his face for not hiring engineers and people who actually do archery to do the prototyping.

Oohara
Feb 1, 2013, 03:35 AM
Not buying it until it actually flings my iPhone at the target.

charlieegan3
Feb 1, 2013, 03:56 AM
He doesn't seem to be letting it go? (like an arrow)

skippymac
Feb 1, 2013, 03:57 AM
Someone should give him 20$ for the idea and slap another 20$ in his face for not hiring engineers and people who actually do archery to do the prototyping.

To be fair, whilst reading this I was thinking "great another pointless $500+ accessory". Looks like it only half lived up to my expectations!

Philalbe
Feb 1, 2013, 04:24 AM
The invention of an insane gnomish tinkerer...

Dagless
Feb 1, 2013, 05:06 AM
Bowblade? That sounds like a real weapon. A very dangerous weapon. Like a knifegun, or a bombfork.

Mike1984
Feb 1, 2013, 07:20 AM
Maybe I'm not getting it right... But since this is to be used as a bow n' arrow accessory for games, wouldn't the iPhone's screen be far too small to see anything on it when you're using the bow and arrow?

No. The iPhone screen is actually smaller then an archery sight, that you'd add to a bow:

http://www.amazon.com/Trophy-Ridge-Outlaw-Horizontal-Sight/dp/B004MPDYZM/ref=sr_1_7?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1359724696&sr=1-7

But, she's not holding that bow right, her extended arm is locked, not good.
Shock, model not a real archer!

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It looks like real weapon but I think the problem with it is that we can not handle it for a long time.

Yes, how much pull weight is needed?
50-80 pounds, like a real hunting bow?

kazmac
Feb 1, 2013, 08:15 AM
Looks cool. I was thinking to myself I would buy it as a toy..

then I saw 185... I would have bought it for 50$

As much as I'd like take up archery again, that's way too much money for a toy.

GenesisST
Feb 1, 2013, 08:18 AM
Meh... looks cool now, but will waste storage space, next to those Guitar Hero and Rock Band instruments...

BornAgainMac
Feb 1, 2013, 08:39 AM
It looks like you just need to pull back and then it shoots without letting go. That isn't how it works.

Mac21ND
Feb 1, 2013, 08:59 AM
Katniss would have died at the Cornucopia if she learned to shoot on this...:D

CylonGlitch
Feb 1, 2013, 08:59 AM
For $185, go buy yourself a real bow and arrow, some bales of hay and go out and learn how to really shoot a bow and arrow. You know, like learning a skill in the outdoors. Amazing what crap people think will sell.

JHankwitz
Feb 1, 2013, 09:37 AM
Bowblade? That sounds like a real weapon. A very dangerous weapon. Like a knifegun, or a bombfork.

Right! That bow-string might scrape the skin off your arm. Almost as dangerous as a slingshot, except the iPhone's position prevents you from loading or shooting any type of projectile.

notjustjay
Feb 1, 2013, 09:43 AM
For $185, go buy yourself a real bow and arrow, some bales of hay and go out and learn how to really shoot a bow and arrow. You know, like learning a skill in the outdoors. Amazing what crap people think will sell.

Agreed. Bought my first bow from an online store called Archery Exchange, it was a pretty nice one for well under $100 and with a little practice I was regularly hitting my cardboard box target stuffed with newspapers and phone books. A fun diversion. However, for those in urban/suburban areas, check your local bylaws about the legality of firing a weapon in your backyard.

This toy looks cute, but how often are you really going to play with it before putting in the closet?

RedTomato
Feb 1, 2013, 11:37 AM
This is the biggest pile of wanky wank I ever saw. It's a bow thingy with a pistol trigger. So you shoot arrows as if they were bullets. And you don't even need to reload the 'arrows'. So it's just like a real bow then?

It's not even like a crossbow - crossbows do have triggers but they still need to be cranked back each time a bolt is fired.

Looking at the YouTube video above, it still seems an utter waste of pointless space & difficult to store - and more expensive and less fun than a real bow - but they seem to be selling it as a static flex workout accessory. That seems to make slightly more sense. Holding a tension for several minutes is a bit of a (very mediocre ) workout. It's still useless rubbish though.

Bandit27
Feb 1, 2013, 12:11 PM
I can't wait for this. It will definitely make my morning commute on the subway more fun! Probably good on a flight as well to pass the time.

iRCL
Feb 1, 2013, 01:41 PM
Meh... looks cool now, but will waste storage space, next to those Guitar Hero and Rock Band instruments...

Yeah, I bet it will be a huge failure just like Guitar Hero and Rock Band were

iPhysicist
Feb 1, 2013, 02:16 PM
There is a awful lot of money to be made with computer games and accessory that can be used for rehabilitation. This "thing" seems to "aim" at this market but is clearly not well thought over.

Make it a real training bow and an app THEN charge 185$. REAL means as real as possible without arrows (for you dear inventor as you will probably read this).

You get 10/10 Points for the idea but not a single one for realization.

GenesisST
Feb 2, 2013, 02:49 PM
Yeah, I bet it will be a huge failure just like Guitar Hero and Rock Band were

FFS, I didn't say that RB and GH were failures... I just said that the instruments are mostly in storage nowadays...