iMpulse controller for iPhone and iPad keeps your keys safe

Tiny pad of joy

iMpulse controller for iPhone and iPad keeps your keys safe

Despite the enormous success of iOS as a gaming platform, there are some who crave the physical feedback that only comes from having a real joystick or D-pad beneath your fingers.

Current solutions such as the iCade Arcade Cabinet are certainly effective, but they're a little bulky to comfortably carry to the office on a day-to-day basis.

Enter iMpulse, a Bluetooth controller so small that it not only fits in your pocket, it also doubles as a keyring.

This pint-sized peripheral boasts four face buttons and a sliding thumbstick (reminiscent of the PSP nub or 3DS stick). There's also a micro-USB port for charging the unit.

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It's definitely dinky, and a good deal less conspicuous than the recently released iCade Mobile controller. iMpulse is far cheaper, too, with an extremely modest price tag of $19.99.

As for iMpulse's build quality, we'll have to reserve judgement until it goes on sale at the end of this year.

In the meantime, if you've got some iCade-compatible games and you've been crying out for a wireless controller that also keeps your keys together, you can pre-order iMpulse from the company's website now.

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James Gilmour
James Gilmour
James pivoted to video so hard that he permanently damaged his spine, which now doubles as a Cronenbergian mic stand. If the pictures are moving, he's the one to blame.