Using iPhone as game controller for ipad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Bodhi395, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    Anyone know if any ipad games have a feature to use your iphone or ipod touch as game controller for the ipad game over bluetooth? I know scrabble has a way to see your tiles on an iphone connected via bluetooth, but haven't heard of any other games as of yet.

    I think it would be a really cool feature. You could prop up your ipad on a table and whip out your iphone and start playing.
  2. guycross macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2010
    genius idea

    blogged (quoting you as a source!)
  3. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    I agree, great idea and it should be possible.
  4. THFourteen macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2010
    been lurking here for a while now, and had to register just to say what an absolutely brilliant idea that is.

    someone should let the creator of the SNES emulator know...
  5. nStyle macrumors 65816

    Dec 6, 2009
    The only way I can see this being great is with the racing apps, where you have to turn your head to get a perfectly horizontal horizon.
  6. Bodhi395 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    Wow, thanks! I really wish I was a developer because I would definitely get on implementing this idea into my game. Unfortunately I'm just an idea guy.

    I would so love Apple to let emulators be available on the official app store, as opposed to only being able to use them via jailbreaking. Imagine how cool nintendo or SNES games would look on the big ipad screen. And yes, adding the iphone as controller would make the experience that much better.
  7. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    iPhone as a remote for iPad

    Along the same lines of your (genius) idea....

    You could use your iPhone/iPod Touch as a remote for the iPad. Say if you had your iPad docked on and playing music while doing a photo slideshow - it would be nice to change the song or photo.

    Over BT of course....
  8. YELLOWCAKE macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2009
  9. Stay Tuned macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    The scrabble app also is able to use an iPhone as the players piece holder, and the iPad as the game board. Up to 4 people can play using their iPhone as their private game piece holder.
  10. afireintonto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
    This is an awesome idea!
    Imagine a star wars game on iPad, and then the i4 is the controller for the lightsaber, with the gyro and other hardware that could really be a killer experience! If the developer did it right it would feel just as natural as the wii, but without having to use a sensor bar.
    I love the future:cool:
  11. Shoesy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2007
    Colchester, UK.
    The Snes emulator for iPad (cydia only) features a snes controller app for your iPhone option.
  12. henneth macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2010
  13. KameronBriggs macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2010
    Somewhere Sunny, California
    I wish the app store had some free ones that I could use without jailbreaking my iPad/iPhone... just to try it.
  14. Jkazmeyer macrumors regular

    May 2, 2010
    Madison TN
    There is a developer called m-pad on the app store that has made some simple games using this control scheme. You pay .99 for the controller on the iPhone & the iPad games are all free. It's worth the dollar. It's interesting... & hopefully they will keep updating & coming out with new games. I say support anyone working on this.
  15. TONYMT macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2011
    This is a great idea but why not instead of using another device with touch controls use the bluetooth connection with say a PS3 controller.
  16. loneshark macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2007
    xplane and ipad

    i am also looking for a way to control xplane on my Macbook Pro, with my iPad.

    i may have found Controlofon but it has no reviews as it is brand new. its a 1.1 version as of last month May 2011.

    your thoughts ?
  17. burtonp187 macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2011
    Atlanta, GA

    There's a company that's been doing this for a while called BrassMonkey. They have an SDK that can be used to interface between iOS, Android, Desktop (PC and Mac) devices over a common WiFi connection.

    The first big title they had out with this technology is the Star Wars Trench Run app. You could play the game standalone on your mobile device and then visit a website to play the game and, via in-app purchase, have the ability to play the web game on your computer via your handheld through your WiFi.

    I've got a friend who works with them so if you have any questions I can relay them along.

    Personally, I've been brainstorming for controller ideas for the past hour or so today. The only setback I feel with this sort of setup is that there's no tactile feedback on the controller. It's just a slick screen. So you either need sounds or feedback on the game screen itself to let you know where your hands are to save you from having to look down at your controller like you didn't know what you were doing, :).

    Love to hear your thoughts.

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