Anyone who reads this blog often knows my disdain for touch-controls on mobile games. There are a few titles out there that are intuitive enough, like NBA Jam, Dark Meadow, and Horn, but past that, most games are just awkward to play. Thus, if a game supports it, I usually use some sort of controller, be it Bluetooth or USB. While that's practical enough at home, large controllers are too cumbersome for gaming on-the-go. Enter a new Kickstarter project called the iMpulse Game Controller that's looking to change that.

As you can see, the iMpulse is a Bluetooth controller that's small enough to fit on a keychain. That in itself makes this an alluring product, but the additional features it offers are what make this little gizmo one-of-a-kind. Firstly, if you can't find your phone, the iMpulse can send an alarm to your device, and that's just awesome. On top of that, it functions as a media controller, which will be a godsend for anyone who streams movies from their tablet to a TV. Lastly, it also works as a remote shutter button for your smartphone or tablet's camera. That's pretty neat.


Of course, since the iMpluse is a Kickstarter project, it needs backers before it can come to fruition. A $30 donation will score you one iMpulse when it's launched in February of '13, as well as help the iMpulse team reach their $50k goal. Other donation levels are also available, so check out the Kickstarter page for more info.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/Szondikapitany Ádám

    I'm getting tired of these kickstarters. Hard to find an original idea...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I said the same thing before I actually read about the iMpulse. It's actually pretty unique.

  • http://twitter.com/louiedog louiedog

    I like that it has uses beyond a game controller. It seems smartly designed. I just question how comfortable it will be for me to use. My hands are large enough that I didn't find the original Xbox's Duke controller to be a problem. Hopefully I'll get an opportunity to try one out at some point.

  • Tatsuya

    I own the Gametel, it's already too small to be comfortable.
    You think "smaller is better" until you realize you're just not playing well with it.

    At least the Dpad needs to be the same size as a regular console controller and you need some spacing between it and the buttons.

    • ThorsWrath

      How are the controls on the Gametel? What kinds of games you have played that work well with it?

      • Tatsuya

        I bought it to play emulators but it's bad for fighting games.
        I miss most of my fire balls and dragon punch...
        It's quite OK for platformers and shmups but even then the Dpad tends to point to the diagonals too easily (going up-right while you just wanted to go right).
        So you get the idea: that's better than a piece of junk like the zeemote but it's no way precise and overpriced for what it is.
        The clip system for the phone is great though.

    • iTKe2k

      this is MOBILE,
      its a key chain controller, i dont mind having something like this that can fit in my pocket easily, unlike that gamatel which is almost like the size of a phone.

      i think its cool and if i wanted comfortable i would have used sixaxis with a clip to hold my phone, but sixaxis can fit in my pocket with my keys wallet and phone, unlike this :P

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    This is kinda stupid now... i want a decent controller, not something small

    • atg284

      Six axis and a ps3 remote

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688434417 Brian Hamrick

    I'm completely happy with this. I've been waiting for the Steelseries Ion to be released for the better part of a year, but this will more than suffice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaelgonzalez2012 Michael Gonzalez

    This seems like a cool project. If you attach it to your keychain you always have a controller with you.
    However if you want it more for a serious controller I recommend you buy an OTG (On the Go) Cable and an XBOX 360 or PS3 Controller. The cable will run you $10. I play it with my Galaxy SIII


    • http://twitter.com/louiedog louiedog

      The problem with that for me is that I don't want to carry around a big home controller. I also haven't found an Android game that takes advantage of one that I'd rather be playing than something on my 360/PS3/PC if I'm at home.

      • DCMAKER

        I wouldn't mind using an XBOX controller because I always play my phone games on the crapper so it would be sweet since I can't carry my laptop and play on the crapper....nor would I want to dirty my nice laptop

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    While this wouldnt survive my keys for a long period of time (plus im kinda OCD about what stuff i have on there) there is a clear market for this and im shocked it hasnt been filled previously with a mixed media and game controller that is extremely portable.

  • http://twitter.com/videomap videomap

    if it is good, what is DroidMote ?
    you can also remote control touch games, mouse, keyboard, real gamepad and mediaplayer.
    ever with you and at very very minor cost

  • 27yearold

    it's so cute how people pretend they do not like a qwerty, but end up carrying huge controllers with them because the screen is not enough.

  • burritoman

    In for one. I was just searching for a remote camera shutter release for the phone today......