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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.

Ready, Set.... SHIP!!

Hi iMpulsers!

The last 4 weeks have been more hectic than ever before here at Camp iMpulse! We normally have an update for you every 2-3 weeks, but July had every member of Team iMpulse working their ****s off to get iMpulse Controllers into your hands!

Thousands of plastic parts are pouring in from Team Plastics. Now that the molds are completed, they are working INCREDIBLY well, and the parts fit together perfectly and look amazing! The facility has 2 pressing machines running 24/7 to get parts completed, and Team Plastics are just screamin' along!

At Camp iMpulse - testing, assembly and packaging operations...

Printed Circuit Boards:
We are currently moving Printed Circuit Board construction to a new facility, also based in Los Angeles. They are equipped with VERY high-grade machines capable of managing high volume orders, and will also be able to maintain our high quality standards - check out their cool factory!

QuickStart Guide:
To ensure that it's at your fingertips at all times, we posted all our documentation online. Learn EVERYTHING you need to know about connecting, testing, keyfinding and more at our portal - - please visit as soon as you tear open your mail package!

Fun Fact: By NOT adding a paper quickstart guide, we save 8000 sheets of paper (yay ecology!) and also avoid stepping into the next postal weight tier, saving $2500 on shipping (yay economy!)

iMpulsify Application:
You can test your iMpulse Controller and learn what the buttons are doing with the help of iMpulsify, our cool cross-platform App. Remember, the iMpulse DOES NOT require iMpulsify in order to work with your devices - our App is just a great way to learn about what your Controller is doing, how to change modes, have easy access to supported games, and much more. Plus, it's FREE. Links to the iOS, Android and Mac/Win versions are on our portal

Where is my iMpulse Controller?!
We hear you - you all filled out your survey, and now you're concerned that your iMpulse Controller hasn't already reached you. Why so long, you ask?

First - we have already shipped out nearly 500 Controllers. Second - we have 7500 controllers to assemble, test and ship out over the next 2 months, to countries all over the world - New Zealand to New Mexico, Norway to New Guinea! We're working hard and ramping up production as we go.  It feels great to have overcome all the obstacles of development, and now to also successfully defeat so many issues relating to assembly, production, packaging, postage, logistics, customs and customs forms, and more...!

Email Notifications:
We WILL email each of you as soon as your iMpulse Controllers are in the mail, and advise tracking information where we can (currently, USPS provides tracking info for the U.S., Canada, and also several countries, for First Class Package Mail as well).

That's it for now!

Team iMpulse.


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    1. Brett Karpowicz on October 7, 2013

      To provide some perspective: Got my shipping notification on Saturday...just got notice it's in the mailbox waiting when I get home.

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      Louise A. Bergeron on October 6, 2013

      I havent received my Impulse like some of the rest of your backers. I pledged in on your project fairly early and am waiting for the brushed metal, blue buttons, black back i think. And the papers, etc. which are in my sons name. Do you have a ETD list we can check to see where w are on the mailing scene. I think wrve all been more than patient and making that info available to your backers would put a lot of folks minds to rest. Thanks.

    3. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on October 4, 2013

      @Shane, @Aaron - Metal Finish units are running a little behind. We will have fresh plated shells in house next week and will catch up on shipments over the next 2-3 weeks.

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      Aaron Moen on October 2, 2013

      Just checking on the status of my order. I don't know that my survey went through and haven't received any info from you guys in a while. I appreciate all your hard work. Thanks!

    5. Barrett Dent on October 1, 2013

      Hey guys, last update was Aug 8 and indicated a 2 month window for shipping fulfilment. So it's October now. Just wondering where you actually in the shipping process in terms of percentage complete? Sounds like more than a few of us are still waiting. An update might go a long way to settling the obvious growing impatience and concerns of backers still wondering when they might receive their rewards. Thanks.

    6. Shane Felgate on September 26, 2013

      If my comment sounds rude I would like to apologize, it just seams like people over seas are getting there iMpulse Controllers first when yall are based in the US

    7. Shane Felgate on September 25, 2013

      Where is my impulse controllers? I'm in Texas dangit I've been waiting for like 4months whats the progress at

    8. Joseph Shivak on September 25, 2013

      I got my copper hybrid monday, used it a little yesterday.. takes a little getting used to. I had some trouble with the car finder app but found i had to turn off the connection in settings for having it connected as a keyboard to get it to start pinging the device but it did work.. I'm just a little slow with it.. haven't used with any games yet but i will.

    9. Philip Gore on September 24, 2013

      Feels like Christmas Eve ,still waiting on email. Shipping metal impulse controllers at the same time I assume ?
      Let's hope it's not New Years before I open.
      Glad your thinking of the environment, and keeping shipping weight down, plane packaging would be ok too.

    10. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on September 24, 2013

      @eric - please email us at info__att_impulsecontroller__dott_com, we aren't able to track your backer number from this post.

      @Gabriel - this only means that the shipment has cleared US Post and (if necessary) customs, and it is on its way to your country. When your country's postal system reports the tracking information to, that's when it will next be updated. It doesn't work like FedEx or UPS, because 3-4 parties are involved (2 countries postal systems plus their customs and clearing houses).

    11. Gabriel Choque Herrera on September 24, 2013

      when I got my package? I have the tracking number for over a week and did not move of LA, help please, I don't want have bad experience . I know that does a great job, please reply

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      eric on September 20, 2013


      I wanted to make sure that I filled out the survey correctly and that there is nothing more I needed to do to get one shipped out to me!

      Thank you!

    13. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on September 20, 2013

      Thanks guys. @Allan - we do regularly post an update with info on pledges currently being shipped. (dates etc) - it's on the main "Comments" page.

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      Allan Lee on September 19, 2013

      I'm still waiting for mine since I ordered mine on 2 November. Maybe you guys at Black Powder Media can give a weekly update on the batch you're working on. Helps manage people's expectation.

      Evan, the fact that there wasn't another similar product after one year still makes the impulse controller an exciting product.

      After seeing the gold version, I whacked my head cos I should have paid $5 more to go from metal to gold so you do have bragging rights still :)

    15. EvanTheGamer on September 19, 2013

      Thanks for the quick reply. Excuse my last comment, just feeling frustrated is all. Have been looking forward to receiving and using my iMpulse Controller since last year and so, just getting really inpatient now, just tired of waiting as I'm sure a lot out there that haven't gotten their controllers yet are feeling the same way.

      So with that said, I guess all I can do is just wait for my controller to arrive. Hopefully I'll get it before the month is up.


    16. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on September 19, 2013

      The only reason your shipment is held up is because you pledged for a .50 Goldfinger, and these are difficult and time-consuming to make. We have already informed backers that these particular units are delayed.
      Kickstarter is not a pre-order store, but an opportunity for both entrepreneurs and backers to create great new ideas and products which wouldn't exist otherwise. The iMpulse is very much a product of this great opportunity. By definition, we have no mechanism to refund or cancel backer pledges, because they are not pre-orders.
      That said - the few negative comments you see on these pages are outnumbered by the positive ones. The iMpulse is a cool and unique product, and you are one of the only 60 people worldwide who were able to pledge a gold-plated iMpulse.

    17. EvanTheGamer on September 18, 2013

      Is there any way I can get a refund since apparently my two iMpulse controllers haven't even shipped yet anyways? And from some other backers chiming in saying that this iMpulse controller isn't what they expected, I might as well get a refund and not waste any more time wondering when I might actually be getting my controllers.

      And you said that you're shipping to pledges dated 10/10-16/2012, well, my pledge was September 26, 2012 and I haven't even so much as received an e-mail letting me know that my controllers have shipped.

      So...please let me know how to go about getting a refund.


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      DiDiEE on September 16, 2013

      Just got mine. Must say I am disappointed. No clear instruction. One key doesnt feel "right". The other a,m,w "clicks" but the v feels off.
      The cable was also a disappointment. White part is mixed with black stuff. Just over all feeling cheap. After all that hype, probably will be other gadget that will sit in a box.....

    19. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on September 16, 2013

      @Daren, @Howard - We are shipping according to the date your pledge was made. Currently shipping to pledges dated 10/10-10/16/2012.

    20. Daren Han on September 16, 2013

      I sent the survey at July 11 and I did not get any emails yet.

    21. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on September 15, 2013

      Delivery update:
      Shipments ARE going out worldwide - our shipments are based on date of pledge, not on the location of pledger.
      We are currently shipping pledges made between Oct.10 and Oct.15. As mentioned before, some of the units such as the Full Metal and Blue LEDs were backlogged; we sent out quite a few blue LED this week. RoboCops are only slightly backlogged.
      Another round of "Welcome to iMpulse" emails will be going out tonight/tomorrow, for shipments made yesterday.

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      Howardf on September 14, 2013

      How about take care of your backyard first, process the LA area first? How about letting people come to pik up their controllers if he/she is willing. I am! I am in Pasadena, give me a nod and I will drive to your warehouse for my controller.

    23. Alberto Vidaña Bribiesca on September 13, 2013

      @Black Powder Media... Today my impulse arrive to my home, in Mexico city, and when I opined the envelope, I get a really huge ssurprise, and that was no good one. In 1st place, I got a 2nd sleeve (only good thing) but when I opened the iMplulse package I really don't see the beauty controller I saw in previous photos in past updates... It looks REALLY CHEAP, with no shiny plastics, and bad ensemble with the silicon ring. The plastics at bad cuted ... Well I am really disappointed... And with the functions, it doesn't work properly with any emulators (Nesoid, Snesoid,N64oid, etc.) It has really slow respond... That's no was the controller that I was waiting for almost a year. I own some Chinese controllers which look and works a lot better... Sorry friends, but you can't start selling stuff like this, and wait that it will be a hit jut for the "Made is USA" stamp.

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      Matteo on September 13, 2013

      I'm waiting (like other backers) from almost a year. I hope to hear from you soon.
      Thanks for your hard work.

    25. Jonathan Gabriel on September 12, 2013

      @Albert, Kickstarter is NOT a store, where they can ship items you buy the next day. Technically you are not buying anything. Your pledge for the iMpulse goes towards its development, so whatever estimated delivery they mentioned is only just that, estimates. You will surely get yours so just wait.

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      Albert Wang on September 12, 2013

      I don't things takes time and don't want to be bitter about this project but its already been more than a year and I still haven't receive mine. You have under 3000 backers. How many are you making? How is it even possible that there are still backers have not receive theirs??

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      Allan Lee on September 12, 2013

      I'm also still waiting for mine.
      But hey, we've waited a year for this already. Doesn't matter a few more weeks!

    28. Michael Polo on September 12, 2013

      Hey guys I'm dying to get ma hands on the controllers. Any tracking number for me? :-)

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      Alan Henry on September 9, 2013

      I received my iMpulse controller today. Awesome! Works perfectly! Thanks Black Powder Media for this awesome product!

    30. Daren Han on September 8, 2013

      when will I get my impulse controllers?

    31. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on September 6, 2013

      @Eric Lawrence - Gamekeyboard is a key remapper app that does work, you can either key remap or use the touchscreen mode, which opens up a lot of games which wouldn't otherwise work on any controller, actually.

      @Kenneth Salomon - We have posted our shipping status some days ago on the main comments page, and will continue to post to the main comments page when there are similar min-updates.

      Update comments threads (like this one) work a little strangely under KS. After some days the backer posts just stop showing up on our feed, so we have to trawl individually for backer posts - which is why our answers here are delayed.

    32. Kenneth Salomon on September 5, 2013

      Can we just get a formal update? Why have some people gotten replacements and had their units for 3 weeks and others haven't heard anything at all about getting a unit when you've said 2-3 weeks and it's been way more than that

    33. Eric Lawrence on September 4, 2013

      The secret I found to getting my Impulse to work with all my console emulators, was going into the settings of the emulator itself and key mapping all the action buttons to the keyboard keys they are already attached to. M A V and W

      Now I can play any NES, SNES, n64, etc game. Still having issues with some google play games. Keymapping programs don't seem to work, only change that works is within the emulator or game itself. Hope this helps some people.

    34. Justin on September 4, 2013

      I have yet to receive a shipment notification. Any news?!

    35. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on August 31, 2013

      All - sorry but we just cannot answer individual "when are you shipping my iMpulse" questions, we are a small team and are putting maximum effort into packing and shipping. Communications will be a little slow for the next 3-4 weeks, please understand and bear with us. We are working to get your controllers to you as soon as we can!

    36. Black Powder Media 2-time creator on August 31, 2013

      @Nicholas - please let us have more details - you can email us at info__at_impulsecontroller_dot_com. We are in the process of bringing back the forums, where we will have answers for many setup/configuration and usage questions. Please bear with us.

      @Tim - your replacement unit has shipped and you will be getting a tracking # in the mail later today.

      @Jennifer Newcomb - we send all intimation emails from info_att_impulsecontroller_dott_com

      @BKL311 - we are putting together a more detailed infosheet for Android gamers with setup information. Please bear with us.

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      Nicholas Hester on August 31, 2013

      Thanks for the email saying mine had shipped. Luckily it showed up yesterday. I'm not happy. Many things I tried have barely functioned as expected.

    38. Tim Hunter on August 30, 2013

      Got mine 2 weeks ago... Right Bumper button doesn't function, even after multiple reset attempts the button just doesn't register at all. The controller also doesn't work on any games that I've tested it on for iOS, the games think that a button is held down or something and the character just moves up/back constantly with inputs on the controller doing nothing. Strange because in the iMpulsify App it doesn't show that a button is held down. Still waiting for an email response from on what I can do to correct this problem.

    39. Victor Caro on August 29, 2013

      So, it seams people are starting to get them...... really eager now!

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      David Keith on August 29, 2013

      Mine is in the mail to be delivered TODAY!!!!!!! Chicago Illinois area for those wondering

    41. zast on August 29, 2013

      I answered to Your iMpulse Controller Shipping Confirmation Survey Form in July. But I don't got shipment notification :(

    42. light487 - Kickstarter Junkie on August 28, 2013

      Ok.. it's the end of August now. Can we get an update on how many units have been shipped and how many left to ship please?

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      Jennifer Newcomb
      on August 28, 2013

      Can you give us the email address the shipment notification will be coming from-- want to make sure it doesn't go into spam.

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      BKL311 on August 27, 2013

      Fantastic. The iMpulse has arrived. Thanks guys for your perseverance.
      I am really impressed by the look and feel of the product. And pairing it with my Galaxy Note was very easy.
      But how do I get it to work with a game ? I have tried several tonight, but then saw they were not on the "supported" list. So I installed GrannySmith (free) again, but couldn't find out what I needed to do to make it control the game.
      The instructions at are looking very cool, but they didn't help me with that. and the page doesn't seem to exist yet.

    45. Jacob Fulbright on August 27, 2013

      You're freaking killing me, Smalls! I want it done right, of course, but now I've got the app and it is just one big tease! Ha ha, can't wait for this thing to finally get here.

    46. Elliot Kravitz
      on August 24, 2013

      Eagerly awaiting my iMpulse. Any further update as to shipping?

    47. EvanTheGamer on August 23, 2013

      Hey again BPM!

      Just one thing. You replied to my original comment about when I'd be seeing my iMpulse controllers in the mail on Aug 8. From that date you mentioned that you expect to ship my iMpulse controllers within 10 days. It's now 15 days after that last reply and haven't yet seen any e-mail about shipment yet. Please let me know when I should expect an e-mail containing shipment notification. Just getting a little concerned is all.

      Thanks, can't wait! :)

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      Leland Stedge on August 20, 2013

      In my email, I don't have a Backer Certificate, pledge #, or customer ID, but I have an email stating that I am a backer and my CC has been charged.