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About

Flitchio is the First Smartphone Case with a Built-in Game Controller.

Enjoy the full experience of gaming on your phone. A touchscreen is not ideal for gaming, because it was not designed for gaming: thumbs are hiding the action and you can't feel that you are actually pushing a button or moving a joystick.

Flitchio frees your screen, and gives you tangible control over your games. The beautifully designed joysticks and shoulder buttons bring traditional, real gaming to smartphones and immerse you more in your games, with dozens of popular games and a myriad of console emulators supported.

It's impossible to put it down!
It's impossible to put it down!

As a controller always on your phone, Flitchio opens much more possibilities than gaming: you can browse, zoom, control music, take a selfie from the back, and even pilot drones and remote vehicles with extreme accuracy. How cool is that?!

(More drone awesomeness below and on our YouTube channel)

And what's more, Flitchio is truly mobile! No connector, no need to charge it. Just snap it on to your phone like any other case and it is instantly ready. Flitchio enables gaming on-the-go like never before.

Flitchio has been featured in dozens of tech media all over the world, in more than 15 languages!
Flitchio has been featured in dozens of tech media all over the world, in more than 15 languages!

Android Authority: “This Flitchio controller is really a piece of work. [...] Because it’s so slim and wraps around your device, it is pretty much the most portable mobile gaming controller we have seen.”

Tech Times: “It looks like this case may be on its way to revolutionizing smartphone accessories.”

Pocket-lint: “This controller enhances gaming far beyond its expected price tag of £40. [...] We suspect anyone who actually tried this will be impressed at how much more natural it feels than is expected.”

Appszoom: “There's still a long way to go, but this thing is pretty amazing!”

Because Flitchio is...

  • The only smartphone case with a built-in game controller that frees up your screen and enhances your games and your drone control abilities.
  • The first really "clever" use of NFC in hardware that is not just payment or static data encoded in a chip.
  • Both technology and design are patent-pending.
  • Its subtle curves leave the sides free: it's easy to clip on the phone while you keep access to the connectors.
  • Its minimalist design delivers the slimmest yet responsive joysticks on a game controller.
  • Tough materials protect the phone.
  • Surface finishes and textures allow for a better grip.
  • It’s part of your phone, so there’s no extra bulk to carry.
  • It works without a battery, so no need to charge it.
  • Full gaming functionality in any location: WiFi is not needed.
  • No connector: just snap it on and off your phone.
  • No pairing: Bluetooth is not needed.
  • The data is delivered at 60Hz. As responsive as a console controller, as smooth as possible for humans.
  • Develop you own games and apps with Flitchio SDK and Unity plug-in: they are both well-engineered, lightweight and very easy to integrate.
  • Pressure sensitivity brings another dimension to games.
  • Tangible controls make Flitchio a great controller for drones and remote vehicles.
  • The app is user-friendly, intuitive, and easy to use.
  • It's seamlessly integrated with compatible games through a non-intrusive notification system.
  • Initial setup is a breeze: only 3 clicks, the rest is automated.
  • Always up-to-date: the firmware will be updated through the app remotely automatically.

We meticulously designed every element of Flitchio to make it high quality and easy to use, while keeping costs down in order to achieve a great price.

Flitchio is super slim. Simply snap it on your phone, like a standard case: it is instantly connected. Then start a compatible game and enjoy!

The controls are on the back of the phone, but Flitchio is extremely easy to get used to. It fits perfectly in your palm and it’s designed so that your fingers sit exactly on the controls. Play two minutes and you will be used to it (guaranteed and proven by repeated user testing).

Flitchio is completely off when your phone screen is locked, so you can always keep the case on. As soon as you unlock your screen, Flitchio is activated. You can set Flitchio to invisible mode whenever you need to (e.g. to use NFC for payment) with a simple switch.

To use your phone for NFC payment, set Flitchio to invisible mode easily
To use your phone for NFC payment, set Flitchio to invisible mode easily

What happens deep inside:

  • Flitchio acts as an enhanced NFC tag. The big difference with a standard NFC tag is that instead of a one-shot message, we have an actual two-way communication between phone and tag.
  • Taking advantage of Energy Harvesting technology and power efficient components, Flitchio doesn't need its own power source and neither does it need to be physically connected. As it uses only the low power provided wirelessly, its impact on battery life is very limited. In a gaming situation, the battery usage is even extremely negligible.
  • Flitchio uses a unique pressure-sensing technology to augment gaming feeling. This technology also allows for super slim joysticks.

Flitchio works great with dozens of popular games out of the box, all tested and approved by the team. These include arcade, racing, action, RPG games. And we are constantly adding to the list.

Flitchio also supports a myriad of console emulators to choose from; you can go back to the old days of Sega Genesis, N64 and Playstation or even to the handhelds with GameBoy, PSP and Nintendo DS as well as plenty others. With the emulators you can relive your childhood memories of Pokemon, Mario, Zelda and plenty others on the go with a physical controller embedded right with your phone.

                                       

We would also really like to hear your opinion! If you're thinking of a game that would be great for Flitchio, share it with us.

And if you're a game developer yourself and you'd like to support Flitchio, please check the Developers section below.

  • Pilot drones and remote vehicles with extreme accuracy.
  • Take a selfie with the back of the phone.
  • Use Flitchio as a remote for smart TVs and Chromecast, play games on a big screen.
  • Secure your phone with a new kind of unlock pattern.
  • Control music and films on your device.
  • Explore efficient ways to browse and zoom.
  • ...

The possibilities are (almost) endless! Our SDK enables developers to bring their new ideas to life. For more details, see the Developers section below.

A whole host of new applications to be explored by you, awesome developers!
A whole host of new applications to be explored by you, awesome developers!


If you have a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge then you are the first in line to use Flitchio.

We will add more handsets as soon as possible!

What handset would you want Flitchio to work with? Please let us know on our poll.

Flitchio has been in the hands of many users, specialists of the gaming scene and influencers of the tech world.

They told us what they think about Flitchio, how responsive, natural and solid it feels. Here are some comments from Oscar Clark (Unity Technologies), Martin Bryant (The Next Web), Phil Harris (One Thumb Mobile), Scott A. Stevenson (Micro Drone) and more.

Absolutely fantastic.” — Phil Harris

Very responsive. Takes no time to get used to. Really enjoyed it.” — Oscar Clark

The app has been designed with the user in mind. As the whole idea of Flitchio is to enhance the user’s gaming experience, it was critical for us to make the app as simple and intuitive as possible.
Overview of the app
Overview of the app

The app has been designed following closely the Material Design guidelines. It will be widely available on the Play Store as soon as Flitchio starts being shipped.

Flitchio can work out of the box for games that are built with gamepad support. We also offer a plugin for Unity3D engine and a complete Software Development Kit to help you port your existing games and implement new ideas!

I already have developed a game, how can I make it Flitchio-compatible?

  • If your game already has gamepad support, you're almost there!
    If your game is already compatible with other game controllers like Samsung Gamepad, MOGA, Gametel, Nvidia Shield or DualShock, then it is almost ready for Flitchio! All we have to do is register it as a compatible game in our Game Centre to enable every Flitchio owner to play it directly. Please get in touch at devs@flitch.io.
  • If your game was developed using Unity3D engine, you're on the right track!
    Unity3D is one of the most popular game engines nowadays. We have a plug-in for Unity Editor that will make it really straightforward for you to implement full Flitchio support. It includes a developer guide and all the scripts that you need, so it should take you less than an hour to add full Flitchio support to your game. We plan to make the Flitchio Unity plug-in widely available on the Asset Store. To be one of the first to develop for Flitchio, the EARLY Bird DEVELOPER Edition reward is for you.
  • For all other cases, the Flitchio SDK is here for you!
    The Flitchio SDK comes as an Android library that is very lightweight and easy to integrate to any of your existing Android projects. Just fetch the AAR package and paste it into your project. It includes a developer guide and all the API docs that you need, so depending on the complexity of your game, the integration of the SDK could take you as little as 15 minutes! We plan to make the Flitchio SDK widely available on Maven Central. To be one of the first to develop for Flitchio, the EARLY Bird DEVELOPER Edition reward is for you.

I have an awesome idea for Flitchio, what can I do?

Flitchio is not just a game controller. Many of its features (pressure-sensitivity, position of the buttons, directional pad always on the back of your phone,...) also make it a great platform for you to develop new ideas! And we’re not only talking about games: all kinds of apps could benefit from Flitchio! An efficient way to pilot drones, take a selfie with the back of the phone, a physical remote for media player apps or smart TVs, an additional security pattern to unlock your phone… This is a new world of possibilities that is opening, and it’s yours!

To be one of the first to develop for Flitchio, the EARLY Bird DEVELOPER Edition reward is for you.

With Amir and myself (Anousheh) both having background in electronics and wireless communications, it only felt natural to us to follow the advancement in these fields. Back in July 2012 we attended the IEEE UK&RI 50th Anniversary Events in Greenwich University where Dr Mike Short (Vice President - Telefonica Europe) gave a talk on The Digital century and Internet of Things and the enabling technologies, including NFC, that will affect these fields. Even though NFC has been around for many years tracing its root back to RFID, its presence in Smartphone was new. Early 2013 we started a collaborative research project with University of Greenwich using NFC technology and data-mining algorithm for tourism applications and our involvement with the industry led us to find out about the development of “NFC energy-harvesting” technology.

Having a yellow wall really helped
Having a yellow wall really helped

As we were always looking for ways to enhance how we use our Smartphones, and having heard how users usually complain about inefficiency of touchscreen and experiencing it ourselves especially in gaming, this sparked the first idea of reclaiming the back of the phone and turning it into an extra user interface around September 2013. Talks to potential partners and interested parties started around October 2013. At the same time, we started putting the data together and applied for fundings. We succeeded to secure fundings from Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board).

We created the first electronic prototype in December 2013 and after securing the funding and agreements with partners we started the development in February 2014.

That's how it starts
That's how it starts

Since then, Flitchio has evolved massively in both form and function, always driven by user feedback. It now even amazes us how much the product has advanced, when we look back at the early-stage design sketches, the very first mobile app we developed and the endless test data and graphs for each evolution.

We have run exhaustive tests to ensure that the interpolation algorithm of the pressure-sensitive component works extremely accurately, we have spent many, many hours testing and re-developing to make sure that the two-way NFC connection is extremely reliable, and we have been continuously brainstorming, sketching, modelling and testing ideas and prototypes with users to make sure that the product has the proper form and components of a controller that people actually want to use.

We have talked to as many gamers, game designers and game veterans as we could find to ensure we got every single detail right and their feedback lead to the idea of having super slim joysticks and responsive shoulder buttons amongst other things. 

We then tested Flitchio with as many users as we could, iterated based on feedback and repeated the process until everyone said “wow”.

We are very happy to say that since the creation of the final fully functioning prototype, every single person that has tested Flitchio, cannot wait to get their hands on the final product. Neither can we! 

Users testing Flitchio (left: at TechHub Demo Night, right: at Hardware Startub Lab)
Users testing Flitchio (left: at TechHub Demo Night, right: at Hardware Startub Lab)

Some of the places we presented Flitchio at its different stage of developments so far:

  • Droidcon, London, UK, October 2014 
  • PG Connects, London, UK, January 2015 
  • King’s College, London, UK, May 2015 
  • Startup Grind, London, UK, May 2015 
  • PCH Hardware, London, UK, May 2015 
  • Hardware Startup Lab, London, UK, May 2015 
  • TechHub Demo night, London, UK, June 2015 
  • Tech startups and new ideas, London, UK, June 2015 
  • NFC Forum, Shanghai, China, June 2015

Also come along to these events for your chance to get a hands-on experience with Flitchio:

  • Tokyo Toy Show, Tokyo, Japan, 18-21 June 2015
  • Cannes Creativity Festival, Cannes, France, 21-27 June 2015

With your support we will be able to:

  • Convert our prototype to production-ready models and get all the certification marks.
  • Improve the app and the Software Development Kit.
  • Order the production tooling.
  • Place our first production order. We are working with an experienced manufacturing firm, but we need to know how many to make.
  • The more support we get, the more models we can propose, the more gamers we can please!


Flitchio is a multicultural team of technology and game enthusiasts with engineering, development, design, and marketing backgrounds. We are based in London, United Kingdom.

Risks and challenges

Everyone says Hardware is Hard! But we think it’s worth it when a product is this ground breaking.
The risks with the hardware are well mitigated, as we are working with designers and manufacturers that have experience in successfully bringing products to market, managing the supply chain, production, and logistics.
There are however, other technical challenges that we have faced, but we have overcome them as follows.

• DESIGNING A NEW USER EXPERIENCE
The user experience with Flitchio is entirely new because the game controller is inside the phone case. That is great because it means users take Flitchio everywhere, without even noticing it, but the challenge is that the user has to learn to play differently.
In order to make it as easy as possible for users to fall in love with Flitchio, we conducted extensive user tests to ensure the buttons and the joysticks were perfectly positioned and the overall design of Flitchio was highly appealing. All design decisions have been thoroughly examined, for the size, position, inclination and texture of buttons and joysticks to be optimal!
Thanks to our precise fine-tuning, the huge majority of users having had Flitchio in their hands say that it feels great, has a solid grip and it's easy to get used to. Without fail, they all wanted to know when they could buy one.

• PICKING THE FIRST HANDSET
We’re launching on Kickstarter with two phones, for starters. This is a gamble that pretty much all phone-targeted hardware projects face: every new model of phone adds - a lot - to the production cost. In order to succeed on Kickstarter and make the first step in the gaming revolution, we had to the limit the costs, and thus the options. Our ultimate goal is to satisfy as many gamers as possible, because everyone deserves a better gaming experience. Supporting these two handsets will enable the launch of more, and you can already vote for the next model that you want to be supported.

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