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Darkfinity Gamepad for iOS and Android

Darkfinity Gamepad with 3350 mAh battery and 6700 mAh battery for the powerbank edition.

Darkfinity Gamepad for iOS and Android

Darkfinity Gamepad with 3350 mAh battery and 6700 mAh battery for the powerbank edition.

€11,159
pledged of €80,000pledged of €80,000 goal
90
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, September 16 2015 4:26 PM UTC +00:00

About

Update #3: BackerClub

Update #2: Let us work together!

Update #1: The iOS version is now ready for pre-order

Mobile Gaming without compromises! Experience 100 % gaming fun with your smartphone or tablet and the Darkfinity gamepad and turn your life into a game.

Finally, mobile gaming becomes easy and flexible – on your daily trip to work, on long journeys, just everywhere – transform your surroundings into your personal gaming world and take your games with you wherever you go. The Darkfinity gamepad is the first, high-quality gamepad for smartphones and tablets that includes a powerbank and is in no way inferior to your gaming console at home! High-class and multifunctional – after many years of development we eventually managed to combine several products within our gamepad and consequently enable 100% gaming experience.

The Darkfinity Gamepad was developed during the previous three years by Ümit Göksu, the founder and CEO, and his team existing of German engineers. After all these years of development, we now have the first gamepad that enables mobile gaming – comfortable and without any compromises – with every device and on the long run. The gamepad can be adjusted horizontally in size through the telescope pullout and is therefore suitable for all mobile devices up to 10.5 inches.

But who is the biggest enemy of mobile gaming? Needless to say: your battery! Our solution: the integrated powerbank, that charges your device multiple times and ensures 120 hours gaming non-stop. With this, the gamepad is your ideal companion on your travels. Due to its proven ergonomic form, it lies comfortable in your hand and guarantees unrestricted gambling of all the games, for which your touchscreen usually just isn’t sufficient enough. The layout is patterned on the console gamepads, which means that you can directly start playing without getting used to new functionalities. It is resistant, handy and of high quality. We want to revolutionize mobile gaming, in order to take your gaming experience up into a new level. Support us and our vision – be a part of Darkfinity!

The gamepad works with Bluetooth and has a USB-C-connection as well as a cable duct. Your charging cables disappear easily in the dedicated hollow space and everything stays where it belongs – without an adapter! All you need is your smartphone or tablet to let the games begin!

You can even control drones on land or in the air:

With the Darkfinity Gamepad you can control drones natively on Android or iOS. It will change the way of controlling your drone in a way that you never have experienced before and it is a a lot of fun by the way.

You can get the gamepad in two different versions:

Darkfinity Gamepad without powerbank:

The Darkfinity gamepad without the powerbank allows you to save some money and still enjoy the pleasure of uncompromising mobile gaming. You can still use every smartphone and tablet with it and you can still recharge your device during your game. Through the integrated cable duct you can connect it to an external power source – its up to you.

  • Supports devices up to 10.5 inches
  • Battery capacity: 3350 mAh, up to 60h playing duration
  • Connection via Bluetooth
  • Recharging via external power source through cable duct
  • Gamepad in typical console layout – no readjustment needed
  • What is included: Darkfinity Gamepad and charging cable for the gamepad

Charge your device without any adapter during gameplay.

The easiest way to charge while playing.
The easiest way to charge while playing.

Darkfinity Gamepad with powerbank:

The Darkfinity gamepad with powerbank allows you to enjoy the full experience of uncompromising mobile gaming. You can use every smartphone or tablet and recharge your device while playing. Through the integrated cable duct you can link your charging cables to the USB-C connection and charge your device multiple times. This version can be realized, if we generate at least 300,000 € because it differs a lot from the gamepad without the powerbank. Therefore, we can only provide you with the best gaming experience, if we reach our goals. There will be a survey for the upgrade of the power edition after this campaign, when we reach our stretch goal.

  • Supports devices up to 10.5 inches
  • Battery capacity: 6700 mAh, up to 120h playing duration
  • Connection via Bluetooth
  • Recharge via internal powerbank - USB-C connection and the cable duct while playing
  • Gamepad in typical console layout – no readjustment needed
  • What is included: Darkfinity Gamepad Power Edition, power supply and charging cable for your device
Play and charge over USB-C.
Play and charge over USB-C.

Cold hard facts

The 3D printed prototype is ready. What are the next steps?

This is running:

The gamepad is able to connect to Android devices via bluetooth, such as smartphones, tablets and Android consoles. We are able to play games with the Gamepad. The telescopic extension is working very well and is proved by many tests in the past months. The integrated cable duct is fully working and allows you to charge the mounded device during gameplay via an external power supply.

Running prototype with electronic.
Running prototype with electronic.

This is open:

At the moment we are working on the injection moulded gamepad and the electronics with our suppliers and manufactures. Currently the prototype is running on a 9V-battery source. The final product will have an integrated lithium cell. With 3350 mAh and 6700 mAh for the Power edition. The integrated USB-C connector is currently not working because the power module is not finished up right now but we have the solution for this issue. What we need is your support to finish up the open steps such as the electronics and the integrated power module. The development of the gamepad is made with respect to the certifications for the product such as CE and FCC.

iOS version:

The iOS version is currently in development and is not ready right now. But you will be able to pre-order it. We are working hard on a prototype for iOS, to show you. The iOS and the Android version are based on the same system as well as the PCB and the injection molding parts, this means the iOS version needs one more chip (Apple Authentication Coprocessor 2.0c). We do have the MFi license and the required tools for finishing up the iOS version.

Technical specifications

  • Gamepad size: 152 mm (w) x 110 mm (h) x 38 mm (d)
  • For smartphones and tablets of all sizes up to 280mm width and 12mm (h) thickness
  • Weight: about 300g
  • Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, this is not final
  • Wireless range of up to 15 m
  • Battery power of more than 60 hours (3350 mAh) and 120 hours (6700 mAh) for the power edition
  • 14 programmable buttons and 2 analog sticks
  • 4 LED indicator for battery level and 1 LED for connection status
  • Android edition supports: Android (consoles), Linux, Mac OSX, Windows, Windows Phone 10 (in finale version), iOS (now ready for pre-order)
  • Modes: HID Gamepad, HID Keyboard, Mouse emulation, Mode switch via app for additional modes
  • Supported by more than 300 games on Android and other systems
  • Now ready for pre-order: Darkfinity gamepad for iOS: The iOS-version is in development at the moment, it is within MFi-certification via Apple and is designed in collaboration according to Apple design standards. Due to the elaborate adaption of Apple targets, it will be compatible with all Apple devices and games of the app store.
  •  Darkfinity gamepad for Android: compatible with Android, Android consoles (Amazon Fire TV, etc.), and every game for Android.
  • Darkfinity gamepad for other Systems: The Android version will support PC and Windows Phone 10 in the final stage.
  • Our gamepad can turn your whole life into a game through the Darkfinity App. It is a device for several generations because you can use it also with future hard- and software though regular updates.

The Darkfinity gamepad is a product of the German start-up Darkfinity GmbH. Founder and developer of the gamepad is Ümit Göksu from Mannheim, who came up with this idea resulting from his own gaming experiences three years ago. Since then he is non-stop working with his team of four German engineers on the technical development of the gamepad. Everything is prepared and waiting for your support.

Only with your support it is possible for us to start the production! For high-quality materials, tools and machines. For the production of the Darkfinity Gamepad without Powerbank we need 80,000 €. Not until then we can produce and deliver your gamepad. With the money we also want to refine the electronics in order to provide you with regular updates. Our team develops especially the patented powerbank further constantly. Next to that, we work on the Darkfinity App to make the gamepad a “multi-generation device” – a gamepad for life, which can be used with future devices and software through updates.

The people behind Darkfinity share one passion: Gaming! We have the vision to improve products and develop innovations for the gaming market in order to bring the gaming experience up to a new level. Support our vision and us and turn your life into a game! 

  • High-quality material and processing, precision and first-class technique
  • Reliable layout of console controllers
  • Games with a gamepad support can be controlled perfectly from now on.
  • Up to 120-h-session: very handy on the move and every gamer incl. powerbank
  •  A device for all generations: regular software-updates via App

Reward Tiers

  • 30€ - Darkfinity T-Shirt or Cap, choose from different cool styles in the survey after the campaign
  • 69€ - Very Early Special Bird #1 : Darkfinity Gamepad
  • 79€ - Very Early Special Bird:#2 Darkfinity Gamepad
  • 89€ - Very Early Special Bird #3 : Darkfinity Gamepad
  • 99€ - Special Edition #1: Darkfinity Gamepad and Darkfinity T-Shirt or Cap
  • 189€ - Special Edition #2: Two Darkfinity Gamepads and two Darkfinity T-Shirt or Cap

Stretch Goals

  • The overall goal is 80.000€
  • Next goal is 120.000€ - Enhance the mobile app with monitoring and layout manager for custom modes
  • Next goal is 190.000€ – The Darkfinity Gamepad in different colors.
  • Next goal is 300.000€ – Unlock the power bank edition of the Darkfinity Gamepad for upgrade. Every power edition will have power supply and charging cable for your device.

Risks and challenges

As you know we are a young company and young companies face certain challenges that we want to talk about in this section. Over the last years we worked relentlessly on these challenges and most we could overcome also the critical part of development is finished but there are some risk which you can´t prepare for.

Risk and Challenge 1: Timelines don’t always work the way you want them to

We prepared a timeline with our manufacturer to have a smooth launch on Kickstarter. We have a working prototype and we know what we need to be able to launch but we could always run into issues with our manufacturer, which would push back our shipment time - we want you to consider that. We work with multiple companies with knowhow in consumer electronics from Europe, who are manufacturing in Asia, this means we should not have any problems with delivery.

Risk Challenge 2: Is 80,000€ enough for the Gamepad to launch?

Yes and No. The standard version will launch when we meet our goal but we won’t be able to make the power edition because we will need the 300.000 € for our development cost. You will be able to get the gamepad but you will not get the power edition. If we meet the stretch goal then you will be able to upgrade your standard edition to the power one for additional 29 € after the campaign. There will be a survey for the upgrade.

Risk Challenge 3: What happens if you have to deliver more gamepads than you thought you would?

Well, there is never enough but for real if that happens we have amazing manufactures that will help out with that. Our very early special bird backers will get their gamepads first and hopefully everything will go smooth.

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