Good news for old-school gamers on the go: the latest update from the iMpulse Bluetooth controller has added quite a bit of features, making it more attractive than ever. The creators of the Kickstarter project released a new design render, showing off a switch from a PlayStation Portable-style analog stick to a more conventional D-pad, which should work better for a wider variety of games. They've also added two "shoulder" buttons (actually on the back of the tiny device) for more flexibility, and the housing has been slimmed down, making the iMpulse look considerably less like a brick. This should give just about the same level of control, if not comfort, as the much-loved SNES gamepad.


In the previous update (on Wednesday), Black Powder Media made a commitment to the Android platform - much appreciated, since until then pretty much all of their copy and promotional material was iOS-specific. Successful testing of the Bluetooth-controller was conducted with dozens of popular Play Store games, including Asphalt 3, Dark Legends, Pac-Man, Raging Thunder 2, Rayman Jungle Run, Riptide GP, Shine Runner, Sonic 4 Episode 1, The Bard's Tale and Zenonia 4. They also tested some of the most widely-used game emulators, like GameBoid family. Some games that aren't equipped for Bluetooth control need a helper app like GameKeyboard.


Between this renewed commitment to Android and the redesigned hardware, I must say I'm getting very excited for the keychain controller. Kickstarter projects have a bad habit of delivering late and with big disappointments (I'm looking at you, Star Command. And Chameleon. And Pebble) but I'll keep my hopes up for iMpulse. It's scheduled release in February, and you've still got until November 4th to contribute to the funded project.

Kickstarter - iMpulse Game Controller & Key Finder

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.facebook.com/wrg25 Will Gonzalez

    shut up and take my money......

    • fixxmyhead

      stfu with that

  • atlouiedog

    This continues to be the BT controller I'd be most likely to carry around out of all that I've seen, and I think the media controls are very smart. I'm still not sure how comfortable it will be to use and I hope to get my hands on it to try out. Thinness will be nice when it's on a keychain in a pocket, but I wonder if it'll make it even more difficult to hold. I guess I'll continue to assume they know what they're doing and wait for reviews.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      Honestly, this looks like it would be ridiculously uncomfortable to use, but definitely portable. However, the problem is that you'll need either a kickstand on your phone, or something to prop it up, as well as a table to put it down on. Unlike the MOGA, etc, it doesn't seem like you could hold this and your phone, and still use it. Unless they're going to include an add-on to give you more hands.

  • Nicholas Semrau

    I'm a backer for this, and I think it will go perfectly with the Vavo universal stand that I backed (http://goo.gl/AulIf) and is almost shipping.

    I figure that I'll hook them together via the keychains and have an excellent portable gaming/EMU setup for my GNex.

    • atlouiedog

      Hadn't seen that stand. That's pretty cool. Too bad you can't seem to put your phone completely perpendicular on a flat surface. It'd make a great way to take photos with the remote.

      • Nicholas Semrau

        The mount uses a gummy adhesive to hold the phone, so you should have some leeway when you place it. I don't have mine yet, but I have high hopes for it. :)

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

    You know what's really cool. The initial version didn't have L and R Triggers, so I emailed them a suggestion to add them. They actually had responded to me. I'm guessing this is the result of that response email :)

  • Bogdan Sladaru

    Oh well... between this and the Zeemote, I'm not sure which one I'd pick. From what I have seen, I think the Zeemote would be easier to use. I have big hands and both of them are small, but I believe the Zeemote is easier to use because you have that thumbstick instead of a gamepad.
    And the Zeemote is already available, it's not a promise...

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      Agreed. Why not just a Ps3 controller even?

    • http://twitter.com/flibblesan Simon Osborne

      Pick a Gametel controller or an iControlPad. Since they both use clips to attach to your device they are a lot more convenient to use.

    • http://www.zeemote.com/ Zeemote Technology Inc.

      @google-4821f679e4f05357010e091c56074c38:disqus - Hi! Stumbled across your mention of us on AndroidPolice. We'd love to ship you a free Zeemote controller so you can see for yourself how easy it is to use. If you're interested, give me a ping at contact[at]zeemote[dot]com or contact us on any of our social networks. - Zeemote

      • G_Ret

        @Zeemote:disqus I love seeing companies take initiative like this. It definitely sways my decision.

        • http://www.zeemote.com/ Zeemote Technology Inc.

          @G_Ret:disqus thank you very much!

      • carbonated_turtle

        Ummmm, I was just going to reply to him that while the Zeemote does seem easier to use, it doesn't seem to be as portable. Care to prove me wrong? :D

        • http://www.zeemote.com/ Zeemote Technology Inc.

          Sure thing - email me your address + phone # to contact[at]zeemote[dot]com - the Zeemote fits in the palm of your hand and can be easily pocketed.

          • Brandon Watkins

            I just looked it up on amazon, no offence but i'm not sold. The design looks like it would be difficult to play games on. I do like how its one handed but, it seems like its the thumbstick for the Wii remote.

      • Andrew Easley

        I will definitely have to look into the Zeemote controller! I haven't heard of it before and thoroughly enjoy gaming. Thankfully I am eligible for a new phone upgrade, considering my old EVO 4G probably isn't the best candidate for the Zeemote. Been waiting until I can afford it, as well as anticipating what new phones get announced for the holiday season. :)

        • http://www.zeemote.com/ Zeemote Technology Inc.

          Definitely - quite a bit of new Android tech coming next month. Know that we're on Amazon.com for only $19.99 (recent price reduction). Good luck and hopefully the Zeemote works out for you!

      • Bogdan Sladaru

        I received the 2 Zeemotes you sent :)
        I was really impressed: they are small but still manage to fit OK in my hand (and I have big hands) and the control is really smooth.
        I played R-Type, which has native support for Zeemote, and it's quite nice, it's way easier to control the ship with a joystick instead of touchscreen. I'm still testing which of my favorite games have native support for Zeemote; for the ones that don't, there are alternatives (like Bluez IME), but I don't like the idea that much, because you have to switch the input from keyboard to Bluez.

        Anyway, the Zeemote is really nice, thanks a lot!

        • http://www.zeemote.com/ Zeemote Technology Inc.

          Great!! :)


    ack....Dpad? well now this device sucks so many games use stick and not a dpad :/

    • Nicholas Semrau

      It was never analog to begin with, so the move to a d-pad makes sense.

  • wewewi

    Ok I fell for the Twin Bare Metal pledge.. I just NEED to play Mario Kart, Killer Instinct and stuff like that once again with my friends.. Since at least one of them is going to be on my keychain, make it classy.. one of the 100 metal-plated with blue-backlit buttons!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ria.simpson Ria Sombise Simpson

    I have never heard of Zeemote. Do they have a website of their own???

  • Jose R

    yes i heard a lot of good things about the zeemote. Cant wait to get my hands on one and see how it works. I will look more into this one to see which is better

  • John O’Connor

    As long as there is power the film will remain opaque? Maybe I am misunderstanding something here, but most smart glass models I have seen will go opaque when no power is present as the electricity is what aligns the particles so that transparency can be achieved. Not that this is a large issue (I have gone green/solar in my home) but some may want to know what kind of electrical meter usage will exist when the material is constantly drawing larger levels of powers to maintain high opacity. I am sure it is negligible, but do you guys have any stats on power draw and whether or not children throwing toys at the film and scratching or gouging it will have any impact on safety?

    Also, How well does this block outdoor light that passes through? I only ask because of certain use case scenarios such as plasma televisions where glare tends to be an issue.