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MacRumors
Apr 11, 2013, 12:45 PM
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Techdy is hoping to transform the iPad mini into a dedicated gaming device with the Game D (http://techdy.com/), which is both a case and a controller for the tablet. Game D fits onto the mini like a standard Apple Smart Cover (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad/ipad_accessories/cases), but provides a d-pad and four action buttons designed for games.
Game D is the project code name for a revolutionary Gaming Device specifically made for iPad mini. It is the most powerful yet the most portable gaming device ever made. It attaches to iPad mini magically as a gaming add-on or as a smart cover. It is designed for both portable gaming and arcade gaming. It is an open source gaming device. It opens up unlimited possibilities to all Gamers and Developers.http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/04/techdy2.jpg
The aluminum alloy Game D case can be mounted onto the back of the iPad mini with magnets to provide a controller for handheld gaming, or set on a flat surface to be used as an arcade-style platform in both landscape and portrait modes.

At this point in time, the prototype Game D is designed to work with the games that support iCade, but an open source game developer kit will be made available in the future.

Techdy is currently running its own crowdfunding campaign, offering reservations for the Game D at $39. A Pro version priced at $59 includes backlighting, dual analog thumbsticks, and vibration. If the 30-day funding campaign is successful, the developers plan on adding a joystick.


The Game D is still in prototype mode and Techdy plans to let community supporters decide on a final name, custom colors, and an app user interface design.

Reservations for the Game D can be placed on the Techdy website (http://techdy.com/projects/campaigns/project-game-d/). Orders made during the funding period are set to ship before August 2013.

Article Link: Techdy Announces 'Game D' iPad Mini Controller Case (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/11/techdy-announces-game-d-ipad-mini-controller-case/)



ikir
Apr 11, 2013, 01:02 PM
Why not Kickstarter????

Carouser
Apr 11, 2013, 01:04 PM
Apple might have good reasons for not having a game controller for iOS yet, but the continual push for various such controllers makes me think it would take off if there was some consistency (and clarity!) about support. On that note, it's good to see Techdy is working with iCade.

srxtr
Apr 11, 2013, 01:06 PM
Sounds heavy doc

KdParker
Apr 11, 2013, 01:22 PM
hand gestures and motion sensors seemed to be working just fine.

miniroll32
Apr 11, 2013, 01:27 PM
hand gestures and motion sensors seemed to be working just fine.

Nobody said they weren't. What this new accessory will provide, however, is a wealth of
more opportunities for tactile feedback.

UnfetteredMind
Apr 11, 2013, 01:30 PM
Nice shot of the Mac SE (SE/30?) sitting there in the vid (although not connected and running). I wonder if it's older than these guys :p

nagromme
Apr 11, 2013, 01:45 PM
Not sure if I'd buy it, but it looks like a neat option to have available. I'm sold on iCade, and the Mini makes a great "maxi" pocket console already. Why not?

The slight angle seemed odd to me, but in actual game play it's probably nicer than a flat "slider" would be.

APlotdevice
Apr 11, 2013, 01:50 PM
hand gestures and motion sensors seemed to be working just fine.

Depends on the kind of game; For things like racing and puzzle games, sure those work fine, but for genres like platformers and fighting games you really need a d-pad and buttons.

jclardy
Apr 11, 2013, 02:09 PM
Since it works with iCade this is pretty cool. And the way it uses the magnet plus a notch to hold the iPad looks pretty nice as well.

But I don't think it is really worth carrying the extra cover around all the time just for some controller buttons. I currently own an 8-bitty, and I would much rather just stick that in my bag when I need it, rather than having it constantly attached to the device.

But cool idea.

Jessica Lares
Apr 11, 2013, 02:16 PM
Yeah, I pre-ordered this morning. Hopefully it ships.

irfaanfaki
Apr 11, 2013, 02:30 PM
Anyone else notice how some of what he said came straight from Apple product videos??? Lol picked up a few "lines" that Johnny Ive says in these videos

gatearray
Apr 11, 2013, 02:30 PM
Why not Kickstarter????

Because doing it this way makes it easier to scam you out of your money. :)

They are selling this for $39? How on earth can an independent company bring this to market at such a low price? Good luck to anyone who donates their money to this fantasy.

SoldOnApple
Apr 11, 2013, 02:30 PM
It looks inspired, but without shoulder buttons I can't see how Mario Kart style games could be played so well. It's almost a perfect SNES pad, but missing the shoulder buttons :(

blackburn
Apr 11, 2013, 03:40 PM
Looks like ms surface cover. Lawsuit in 3.. 2.. 1..
I'm still waiting for an official way to use a controller in the iPad Apple.

dwardin9
Apr 11, 2013, 03:52 PM
I have been looking around at the current generation ipad mini keyboards. Logitech ultra thin, belkins blah blah blah, zagg keyboards. I really like the design aspect of this controller. I hope someone is paying attention to this. I like the option of vertically docking the ipad mini AND the horizontal dock where the keys face out the bottom!


I'd buy it.

wkadamsjr
Apr 11, 2013, 03:58 PM
Doesn't Sony have a patent for X, Square, Triangle, and O buttons? Blatant copying like that is grounds for a lawsuit, especially in our lawsuit-happy world nowadays.

Otherwise, I like the idea.

ArtOfWarfare
Apr 11, 2013, 04:01 PM
Doesn't Sony have a patent for X, Square, Triangle, and O buttons? Blatant copying like that is grounds for a lawsuit, especially in our lawsuit-happy world nowadays.

Otherwise, I like the idea.

It's still in the design phase, so they could change it before shipping.

I like this idea a lot, but sadly neither have an iPad Mini nor can afford one (or justify spending so much on a product that I'm doing alright without.)

OrangeSVTguy
Apr 11, 2013, 04:08 PM
This would be great for jailbroken devices with emulators :D

mdelvecchio
Apr 11, 2013, 04:18 PM
I don't think it is really worth carrying the extra cover around all the time just for some controller buttons. I currently own an 8-bitty, and I would much rather just stick that in my bag when I need it, rather than having it constantly attached to the device.

the beauty is cases like this are interchangeable. I would not expect one to carry it exclusively, unless one was quite the gamer.

shurcooL
Apr 11, 2013, 07:27 PM
Why not Kickstarter????
My thoughts exactly?!

I'm actually intrigued by this, if I could trust them to do a good job at it, I'd really like a controller with physical buttons for my iPad mini.

I don't get why this is on some Kickstarter-clone instead of Kickstarter. Is it because they're not US based or something?

SteveJobs2.0
Apr 12, 2013, 12:11 AM
My thoughts exactly?!

I'm actually intrigued by this, if I could trust them to do a good job at it, I'd really like a controller with physical buttons for my iPad mini.

I don't get why this is on some Kickstarter-clone instead of Kickstarter. Is it because they're not US based or something?

So that when they run away with the money there isn't a well-embellished US company to cover the theft. Also no chance of suing. Then again, I might be cynical.

Jessica Lares
Apr 12, 2013, 12:27 AM
Why not Kickstarter????

Because doing it this way makes it easier to scam you out of your money. :)

They are selling this for $39? How on earth can an independent company bring this to market at such a low price? Good luck to anyone who donates their money to this fantasy.

My thoughts exactly?!

I'm actually intrigued by this, if I could trust them to do a good job at it, I'd really like a controller with physical buttons for my iPad mini.

I don't get why this is on some Kickstarter-clone instead of Kickstarter. Is it because they're not US based or something?

So that when they run away with the money there isn't a well-embellished US company to cover the theft. Also no chance of suing. Then again, I might be cynical.

Wrong. You guys should have read the FAQ. Don't come to conclusions that they're running a scam. It may not be Kickstarter, but you know what? Developers there end up doing the same thing too - Not delivering. There are many FUNDED projects that are in limbo at the moment. Hell, I know of one that is almost to a YEAR past their shipping deadline.

The real reason is because they are providing some options that are not allowed in Kickstarter campaigns:
http://techdy.com/faq/faq/#1221

Some of the features we are offering are not accepted by the Kickstarter policy, such as the community design contests and the incentive program that we will offer to the developers. The good thing is, we are using PayPal to accept funds instead of the Amazon payments from Kickstarter. PayPal is a payment gateway being used more globally and supports more countries, we want Game D to be available to everyone in the world.

Sure, PayPal isn't that great, but you can use a credit card for security too. Which is what I did.

flottenheimer
Apr 12, 2013, 06:07 AM
Does anyone know what games are being played in the video?

KdParker
Apr 12, 2013, 09:14 AM
Nobody said they weren't. What this new accessory will provide, however, is a wealth of
more opportunities for tactile feedback.

sure, but there has to be another way to get the 'tactile feedback' other than the same on game controller.

Anonymous Freak
Apr 12, 2013, 10:01 AM
Nice shot of the Mac SE (SE/30?) sitting there in the vid (although not connected and running). I wonder if it's older than these guys :p

SE dual-floppy.

I'll wait to see one in person beforehand. As others have said, this seems too cheap for reality.

Also, how does the mini stay in it? I understand that it "clips" on via the magnets (like a smart cover would,) but that doesn't explain how it stays flat against it. Only the iPad edge touching closest to the front would stay put. Jiggle it a little too hard, and the iPad will fall forward onto you. (I've done this with an existing case accidentally.)

ThunderSkunk
Apr 12, 2013, 03:18 PM
I don't get why this is on some Kickstarter-clone instead of Kickstarter. Is it because they're not US based or something?

There are some down-sides to Kickstarter. If you want your project to be seen by as many people as possible, Kickstarter has the name brand recognition, like eBay. If you want to use a better service, as soon as you start looking around at Kickstarters competitors, you realize why there are so many people looking for a decent alternative. ...just like ebay.

WeegieMac
Apr 12, 2013, 04:14 PM
Good luck releasing that with the PlayStation button symbols on it ....

wildonrio
Jan 18, 2014, 09:34 PM
What the hell happened to this thing? Can't find any news about it past April...

Jessica Lares
Jan 18, 2014, 10:18 PM
What the hell happened to this thing? Can't find any news about it past April...

They didn't make their fundraising goal. Then they tried to pass iPhone 5C and HTC One knockoffs that have become vaporware (most like just shutdown really though). They have a storefront, but it's all crap and doesn't seem like anything is selling. Or at least it hasn't been updated in months now.

wildonrio
Jan 19, 2014, 05:07 PM
They didn't make their fundraising goal. Then they tried to pass iPhone 5C and HTC One knockoffs that have become vaporware (most like just shutdown really though). They have a storefront, but it's all crap and doesn't seem like anything is selling. Or at least it hasn't been updated in months now.

Man...that Game D looked sick. Wish I could get a prototype somehow.

micropig
Jan 20, 2014, 01:13 PM
Because doing it this way makes it easier to scam you out of your money. :)


Does this company even exist, or is the website just a crowdfunding scam? Their flagship "products" are clearly just an iPhone 5C and an HTC one with the logos photoshopped. Plus, they claim to be mentioned in all kinds of news outlets that actually just briefly mention their funding announcements for the phones and this new D-pad.