Countless pages of sketches, foam molds, 3D prints and we finally found a design that we all loved. We manufactured a few hundred beta controllers and collected feedback, we took this feedback and made the changes. In the video above and pictures below you can see the current prototype of the DRONE, new high precision joysticks with center click, 10 face buttons, 2 bumpers, 2 triggers. Thanks to our great community for the feedback and helping us create this awesome controller. Now we need your help to start production and get the DRONE into your hands.
When designing the Drone compatibility was a huge task. We wanted to make a controller that was open and could work with just about anything. Below are some of our favorite gaming devices. (This is NOT an iOS 7 Controller, however it does connect and play using iCade.)
Whether at home, traveling, camping, riding the bus, at school or work we wanted a single controller that can work across multiple devices and platforms bringing you all the games you love.
GAMES + SDK
We are happy to announce that we are working with many game studios and some of the top developers. We have an extensive games list that is growing everyday, you can find it on our website. If you're a developer and looking to add controller support to your games it is easy and we don't require NDA's or proprietary protocols. Just shoot us an email and we will be happy to start working with you.
Everybody is different and we wanted you to be able to customize the Drone the way you want it. Choose from our exciting colors. High Gloss Black, Matte Black, White, Red, Yellow, Blue, and a limited edition KickStarter Green.
If you want to take your controller to the next level, you can create custom skins, the template is available for download here.
The Drone has a rechargeable lithium ion battery giving you 17+ hours of straight game play. It has a 4 hour charge time and standby time of 7+ days.
Each Drone will ship in a magnetic snap box containing micro usb and carrying bag that doubles as a device screen cleaner.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
We have a great open source community, industry mentors, beta customers and believe we have created the best looking, portable, open source game controller to hit retail shelves.
... But none of this will be possible without your continued support.
We have self funded this whole project and got it as far as we can. We are ready to start manufacturing the retail product but need at least $30,000 to get this product into your hands.
Help us starving entrepreneurs continue believing in our dreams and making awesome products.
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- Team EVO
Risks and challenges
Like all projects there are unforeseen obstacles.
However because of the experience gained while creating the beta version of this controller we know that we have a good grasp on things.
Relationships are established, suppliers are ready for orders, assembly teams know our expectations, and most of all our Quality Control and testing have been refined.
We are prepared to start production as soon as we reach our goal, so help us get there quickly. That way everyone can receive their DRONE as soon as possible.
We will share updates often walking you through the manufacturing process. If setbacks arise we will keep you up to date and work our butts off to make sure we finish on schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Mac - Yes. The Drone is a bluetooth device and has a keyboard mouse mode allowing you to play your favorite games.
iOS7 - Yes but not a certified MFi (Made For iOS) controller. The Drone is a bluetooth device and has an “iCade” mode that will allow you to play games with iCade support. You can view our games list here. http://www.evolutioncontrollers.com/games/ios/
*This is NOT a certified MFi controller
The Drone communicates over bluetooth.
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