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iMpulse is the SMALLEST wireless controller for mobile devices - it's also a key finder & media controller! (iPhone/iPad, Android, PCs)
iMpulse is the SMALLEST wireless controller for mobile devices - it's also a key finder & media controller! (iPhone/iPad, Android, PCs)
2,788 backers pledged $139,072 to help bring this project to life.


The Worlds smallest Game Controller just got SMALLER and BETTER!

We said it couldn't be done. Well, we showed us!

The iMpulse has been evolving over the course of the Kickstarter campaign. We have constantly made improvements in design, components and finishes, in an effort to ship the best possible iteration of the device to our pledgers.

Today... we are proud to announce a completely upgraded version of the iMpulse controller.

We received loads of requests for a traditional D-pad. So the floating disc thumb pad has been replaced by the familiar "PLUS" style pad, a robust and tested alternative that best provides the tactile 'click' feel to tighten gameplay response.

And we've made the iMpulse OVER 20% THINNER! 

Your overwhelming requests have been heard... and answered. 


That's right, on the bottom of the iMpulse you will now find TWO MORE BUTTONS! Unique in that they are perfectly positioned for both lefties and righties.

We are super-stoked to make these advances, and we thank all of our pledgers for your support, encouragement and feedback! 


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    1. Gael Jehanno on November 3, 2012

      So cool, i can play sf2/3/alpha or sf4 with the right amount of buttons now, thanks for that guy.

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      John Harrison on November 3, 2012

      I was on the fence until I saw this update. This controller desperately needed those shoulder buttons. As soon as I saw that you added them I was an immediate backer. Thank you so much for this addition!

      still though, I would absolutely LOVE to see you guys add 2 more shoulder buttons and maybe even a select button. This would allow complete compatibility for PSX emulation, or for shortcut keys such as saving and loading states in an emulator.

    3. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 29, 2012

      @Onno, @Kit, @amix - thank you for your feedback, we hear your concerns and would like you to know that we didn't arrive at this decision lightly. We have gone over the various factors in our process below.
      The good news is, for those of you who are looking for an analog controller solution - we are already working on something that we hope will blow you away. And no, it will not overlap the iMpulse Controller in functionality :)

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      Onno Scheffers on October 29, 2012

      I bookmarked this project when I first heard about it and I've been keeping an eye on it for a while now. You guys seemed to be doing everything right. Today I decided to back it and I did so without reading the updates first.

      I must confess this update was a real let-down for me. The floating disc was the one thing that made this controller stand out for me. I never cared much for the D-pad. Sliding your thumb in the right direction is much more intuitive to me than clicking on a directional button because you don't have to reposition your thumb on the controller. The D-pad also makes it look 'cheap' IMHO, while the previous design was very stylish.

      Still a cool project, but I would have preferred the previous design.

    5. Kit DeYoung on October 29, 2012

      No D-Pad... Or, at least lgive us a option. The D-pad died with the SNES.. I would take the thicker product to have the slider. D-Pads have their uses, but not as the primary control.

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      amix on October 26, 2012

      Great to see it becoming slimmer.

      However, the PLUS type d-pad is the ideal way to have your fingers getting blistered when playing an intense session. I liked the disc way better.

    7. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 26, 2012

      @Adrian - There are several "pluses" to the new d-pad, in addition to permitting the slimmer shape and addition of shoulder buttons.
      The soft "click" confirmation results in tighter gameplay. Diagonal pushes are no problem, as the "+" is small enough to be spanned by a thumb. The +pad is more robust, due to fewer sliding/moving parts.
      Our design and construction choices aren't dictated by profit motives, but purely design and user experience. We thought long and hard in order to avoid ANY compromises. We're very happy about how it turned out, and are confident that our pledgers will be, too.

    8. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 26, 2012

      @Peter - we did consider that but figured it could become quite a nuisance, especially when you're at home or the kids are asleep.

    9. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 26, 2012

      @Danny - thanks!
      The dimensions are: (l)69mm x (w)33mm x (h)12.2mm.
      The final icons on the buttons will be A, B, X, Y - based on all the requests we've been receiving.

    10. David R on October 26, 2012

      Floating disc thumb pad > D Pad!!!!!!!!! Please make both options available.

    11. kindrudekid on October 26, 2012

      can you guys please update the video with the new controller design or show it in action with android!

    12. Adrian Tache on October 26, 2012

      Interesting thing that you've made it slimmer, but how does the D-pad stack up against the joystick for things like riptide? I would expect the joystick to be nicer to use, and I'm worried you've chosen a D-pad because it's much cheaper...

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      Chip Andre on October 26, 2012

      This is *great* news! You guys are awesome, keep it up!

    14. Peter Triadafyllidis on October 26, 2012

      very nice... ;-) You can put a feature when it lost contact from the phone to to activate the alarm on iMpulse
      .....sometimes I forget the phone and only get the keys..... ;-))))))))

    15. Danton on October 26, 2012

      I like it! Glad that you added the shoulder buttons!
      What are the dimensions in mm?
      And will the icons on the buttons remain the same? (I'm more of a solid figure guy)

    16. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 26, 2012

      @Vikas - thanks! Takes about 3 minutes to set up an emulator. We will have an Emulator zone on once the KS campaign is over. Right now we are super-busy, still several announcements and updates coming... don't think "tea maker" is among them though, sorry about that! :D

    17. Vikash on October 26, 2012

      Excellent achievement. The only thing remaining is for me to choose a emulator, work out how to set it up.

      Could you get the controller to make some tea as well :P

    18. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 26, 2012

      Thanks so much, you all!

      @M.Stumpf - Bluetooth connectivity to Windows laptop works just fine. We are working on Mac and will have an answer soon. So yes, you have a truly universal gaming controller on your hands (or will, soon :)

    19. M. Stumpf on October 26, 2012

      I am so glad i backed your Project.
      That slimmer Version adds a lot of "sexy" to the iMpulse... Awesome work!

      A Question still remains for me... will it be possible to use the iMpulse on a normal Laptop (via Bluetooth and/or USB-Cable)? There are Emulators and Games too... you know ;-)

      Just asking :-) If yes, that would be a totally universal usable Gaming Controller!
      "No matter on wich Platform you're gaming, the iMpulse is there for you"
      (Yes you can use that "Slogan" hihi)

      Oh boy... can't wait to get my Hands on the iMpulse!

    20. Preston Litchfield on October 26, 2012

      You. Guys. Are. BRILLIANT!

    21. Sitthichok "Pomme" Khunthaveelab on October 26, 2012

      Awesome, dig the + DPAD, cheers!

    22. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 25, 2012

      Thanks Evan!

    23. EvanTheGamer on October 25, 2012

      You guys never cease to amaze me. Wow. Seriously, this is awesome! People suggest features, and you guys deliver! Incredible.

      February 2013...cannot wait to get my hands(ha, pun) on the iMpulse!!

    24. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 25, 2012

      @Eric aww hahaha...!

    25. Eric Hinojosa on October 25, 2012

      Yeah sorry about that lol I understud your last post after I sent my response I'm stupid :p

    26. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 25, 2012

      @Eric - hope we were clear with the last response - ALL plastic AND metal finish controllers will all be shipped in the new updated design. So your Metal Finish iMpulse will also be the 6-action button, slimmer version.

    27. Eric Hinojosa on October 25, 2012

      Ok I'm staying with my $45 metal pledge I don't want to lose the exclusive. I don't know how to add the $30 pledge without loseing the metal finish

    28. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 25, 2012

      @Eric - hopefully you can save the $, because ALL iMpulse Controllers will benefit from the design changes! We say "hopefully", because with 9 days left, ANYTHING can happen that makes you pledge for another controller ;)

    29. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 25, 2012

      Thanks iulian!

    30. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 25, 2012

      @Jason - have a little faith! We have been on this road for nearly TWO YEARS. We will not let ANYTHING humanly controllable stop us!

    31. Jason Cirillo on October 25, 2012

      As much as I am super, super stoked about the plus pad, I have a bad feeling it won't make it to final production. That is all I will say.

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      iulian serban on October 25, 2012

      OK, cool.. then ship it like this...right now!!! :-) February is so far... :-( Thanks again and keep up the good work!

    33. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 25, 2012

      @anthony, @iulian - diagonals will play NO DIFFERENTLY than say playing on a GBA SP. the "+" pad is small enough to be spanned by the thumb, so diagonals are easy to hit.

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      iulian serban on October 25, 2012

      Great job guys, I can wait for February to get mine... But me too I am going with @anthony and ask: what about the diagonals? I believe the floating joystick was matching better the Android games controls... Would be nice to have the option to choose, no?

    35. Eric Hinojosa on October 25, 2012

      I ordered the metal finish model if that's unchanged should I get a non metal finish version as well?
      Because I will :) I love the controller.

    36. anthony on October 25, 2012

      the D-pad looks great and all, BUT what about diagonals?
      With the floating joystick this wasn't a problem. It seems like this new format limits the directions you can press.

    37. Zeital on October 25, 2012

      AWESOME, I can't wait to get my hand on them!

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      Jesse Kirkpatrick on October 25, 2012

      @BPM, Ok. I liked (and miss) the SP, so that makes me feel better :)

    39. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 25, 2012

      @Michael, thanks for the kind words! Yes, ALL iMpulse controllers are hereby updated, free of charge. Metal Finishes will be unchanged, but all will be sleeker, and have the new controls.

    40. Mike on October 25, 2012

      Will this update (with plus style pad and shoulder buttons) be applied to EVERY model (metal finish and non-metal finish alike) that gets manufactured when these eventually ship? Awesome product by the way, great to see ideas like this getting some attention!

    41. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 25, 2012

      @Travis - the Sega pad style was great back in the day, but it would add too much to the height, and doesn't respond as well as the dome switches we're using on the iMpulse.

    42. Charles Doty on October 25, 2012

      The d-pad looks good. Careful with the thickness though; too thin could make it uncomfortable to hold. There's a reason the original NES pads feel just right.

    43. Lance on October 25, 2012

      Thank you. This is the best kickstarter project I've seen.

    44. Eric Hinojosa on October 25, 2012

      It looks amazing and with the two new buttons will it work with GTA 3 on iOS and Android?

    45. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 25, 2012

      @benegessrit, @matt, @jesse - the floating thumbstick was also digital, as we have discussed elsewhere on these pages. Analog sticks, while a good "wish" item, add TOO much by way of overhead. Not only are they larger, they are never "inactive", and drain the batteries constantly.
      We do have our sights on an analog controller for the future - however, that will be a completely different product. The iMpulse Controller is designed as the TRUE pocketable gaming-on-the-go controller :)

    46. Joseph Shivak on October 25, 2012

      awesome thank you so much!

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      S Bhat on October 25, 2012

      Wow these look like some great upgrades. I really cannot wait to get my hands on one of these. Great job guys.

    48. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 25, 2012

      @Aaron - The 'click' is very soft, but enough that you can feel when you are engaged.  If you have a GameBoy Advance SP laying around, that is comparable. It was our favorite feel, and we found it popular among the gaming community at large.

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      Cory P on October 25, 2012

      Shoulder buttons makes this AWESOME! I cannot wait!

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      benegessrit on October 25, 2012

      I thought that was an analog thumb pad, like the on the PSP. Wouldn't be awesome to have an analog pad instead of the plus D-Pad?