About this project
WIRED.com (Joseph Flaherty): "Micro-Sized Bluetooth Game Controller Overcomes Big Obstacles"
CNET.com (Rick Broida): "Confession: I've written about a lot of cool-sounding Kickstarter projects, but I've never actually pledged one. Today I made my first pledge -- not because I'm a hard-core gamer, but because I just love this idea."
TouchArcade.com: "I think they might be onto something with the upcoming iMpulse controller. We’ll be looking to get our hands on one soon..."
AppAdvice.com: "The iMpulse Controller is the Little Bluetooth Accessory that Could... I'm pretty excited about the iMpulse. It's simple, practical, and best of all, cheap."
The iMpulse is a pocket-small Bluetooth controller for mobile gaming.
The iMpulse is built for mobile gaming. You can ALREADY play hundreds of iOS and Android games on the iMpulse, and we're constantly adding support for more games!
The iMpulse is cute, tough, and kicks butt. You can finally play games like Temple Run, Pac-Man, Air Attack HD, and Dynamite Jack with the true tactile response of real trigger buttons, while you slide the thumbstick with abandon. NO MORE having to dodge your own thumb to SEE where you're trying to go.
"We at Nameless are very excited for the iMpulse controller. What a fantastic way to enhance the experience of a multitude of handheld games. Finally, a real console experience for iOS/Android!" Rob Smith, Nameless LLC
"Ok, this is the thing i have been looking/waiting for! Just today i was thinking about buying iCade Mobile but it's only compatible with my iPhone,not iPad and i was not too happy about removing my Vapor case everytime i wanted to play a game. Love that price tag (:" SickSilvo (Youtube visitor)
"Awesome." Jimmy (website visitor)
The iMpulse is a great complement to your mobile device/smartphone. Look at the added features you get when you own an iMpulse...
It's small enough to fit on your keychain, which is a great place for it, because you can use your smartphone to find your keys!
We've also developed a camera remote function, which will snap pictures from the camera in your smartphone. Take self-portraits without that phone in your hand! No more waiting for passersby so you can snap that memorable group photo!
We want to keep the iMpulse compatible with a wide variety of devices, and are therefore equipping it with Bluetooth 2.1 (rather than BT4.0, which only works with 3-4 devices available). The iMpulse will work on ALL iOS devices, and current Android devices.
We've also ensured the device is compatible with different PEOPLE. The iMpulse is ambidextrous, so you don't have to be!
Two iMpulse controllers can work on a single device. This means two players can go head-to-head on the same screen! The android emulators are already compatible and two player games are on the way for iOS.
THIS JUST IN....
Feedback on this device through our website and Facebook page has been overwhelmingly positive. People can't wait to get their hands on it. We are thrilled to announce that our most requested feature is being added to the iMpulse - media control!
- We have WORKING PROTOTYPES!
- We launched the iMpulse website in June and have already and have already captured the attention of over a thousand iMpulse pre-order buyers and followers! Our initial production batch will ship to them before the end of this year.
- The hardware, circuit design, and industrial design are done and we are already setting up for manufacturing.
- Our firmware has recently been updated with southpaw support, media control and a unique two player mode.
- Our first batch of 50 review units will be released Sept 27.
We've made it pretty far on our own. The prototypes are fantastic. You've got to play with an iMpulse to truly appreciate how much better, faster and smoother the experience is.
We are actively increasing the pool of supported games, with more and more developers coming forward to add iMpulse support!
So - we are still going through rigorous testing and refinements, however there is NO doubt - the iMpulse is everything we'd hoped for, and more.
The forum also has a "Developer" section where we'll be posting our free SDK and all the information any developer needs to add support for the iMpulse to their games.
We're also on twitter (#iMpulseCtrl) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/impulsecontroller).
Size: 2.7"l x 1.3"w x 0.6"h.
Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Polymer.
Battery Life: 10 hours playtime, 30 days standby.
Bluetooth Version: 2.1 low power protocol
Effective Range: 100 feet.
UPDATE #01: (09/21/2012)
We just got our Limited Option Metal Finish Cases (Pledge level $45 and $55) from the plating factory, and they're looking fan-tas-tic! Judge for yourselves...
UPDATE #02: (09/25/2012)
Our Limited Option Metal Case iMpulse Controllers were picked up incredibly fast! During this flash sale, we received many requests for a TwiMpulse Metal Option. We are now thrilled to report that our metal plating supplier has agreed to let us double our order at the same reduced "sample" price that he quoted for the first batch - WELL below the normal cost for this quality of metal finish - so THANK YOU Jim @ Artcraft Plating & Finishing Co.
Find it NOW in the pledge column and ACT FAST - available as a LIMITED OPTION - the "TwiMpulse Duel: BARE METAL" pledge for JUST $88!
Shipped in Blue and White backlit versions, so you can tell them apart.
(And before you ask - yes, ALL iMpulse Controllers are backlit white. The ONLY Blue backlit units will be the 100 in this "TwiMpulse Bare Metal" pledge).
UPDATE #03: (09/27/2012)
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!
In appreciation of your generous support and enthusiastic response, we are proud to release a Super Limited FUNDED! Edition iMpulse Controller… the ".50 Special"
Inspired by cool 50's style, a dash of Bond and a sprinkle of Hefner, this brushed gold finish iMpulse favors formal wear, fast convertibles and beautiful things.
Always in your pocket to treasure and show off, the .50 Special is a Celebration of our reaching our target 50k, of appreciation toward our backers, of going for Gold.
We will make 50 of them, for $50. Charging cable included.
UPDATE #04: (10/05/2012)
UPDATE #05... Illuminated Buttons!
YES, all iMpulse Controller versions WILL feature backlit buttons!
UPDATE #06... Emulator support!
Manufacturing: To cover the cost of dies for the plastic enclosure and to pay for the parts that go into making YOUR iMpulse.
We will be manufacturing the iMpulse in Southern California, which offers a competitive and productive environment for PCBoard manufacture, component assembly, plastics molding and high quality die-making facilities.
We have after all created the iMpulse prototypes using SoCal resources, brains, talent and productivity!
With the support we get from Kickstarter, we can pull our local production resources together and provide regional employment.
Simply - we need to achieve a high level of exposure rapidly so we can reach our minimum order sizes for the iMpulse, and begin manufacturing it.
We have done something right with the iMpulse - it's a device that many people have been looking for. Here is a product that's cool, convenient, affordable, and is multi-talented. Kickstarter is THE natural fit for a product like the iMpulse.
To reach our break-even point we need to manufacture another 4,000 units. While we're confident that we will reach our target one way or the other, the KEY advantage of Kickstarter support and exposure is SPEED. The sooner we achieve our target, the sooner we can roll volume manufacturing, and ship the iMpulse.
Kickstarter also provides:
- Attention from game developers and software engineers, who can incorporate our SDK and add support for the iMpulse in their games and applications
- Increased dialog and discussion, which lead to improvements in our product and its successors.
So - Bottom Line - we are looking for YOUR support to reach a KS target of $50k. This amount, combined with our total pre-orders, will get us to our minimum order volume.
We're a highly motivated team of designers and technologists, who have been lucky enough to pursue our ambitions of designing better products and experiences for people in the digital age. Check out our website to learn more about the exciting projects we've worked on.
Designing better quality game content and elegant UIs for apps and sites has brought us to our latest passion - creating accessories that maximize the promise of mobile computing while overcoming its limitations.
The iMpulse is a classic example of our approach. While we think that mobile gaming rocks, and online/downloadable games and content are the cat's whiskers - we really can't embrace the idea of clumsily jabbing at and squeegeeing around our smartphone screen, trying to guess where we're headed and blindly guessing at obstacles. And cars/planes/tanks are meant to be CONTROLLED, not squashed under-thumb! There's a need for controllers, as the market is now realizing - but who wants something huge that either doubles the size of their smartphone, or requires a backpack to carry it around in?
This project started a long time ago. Development began using the original iPhone! Our desktop charger/dock/controller was designed and functioning a couple months BEFORE thinkgeek.com announced their "iCade" April Fool's joke...
Our prototype desktop model was named "SpaceDock", to accentuate the fact that it was a dock/recharger as well as being a perfectly capable controller.
At some point however, it struck us that what we REALLY needed to be focusing on was making our controller as small and portable as possible. And also that we needed to think in terms of our device as a general purpose companion product, so additional features (such as the keyfinder and the camera remote) would be essential to its success.
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