Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Like Us on Facebook

Technabob is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Disclosure.

RoboTouch Hack Controls iPad Via NES Controller, Adds Squeaky Button Feedback

 |  |  |  |  |  |  March 17, 2011


YouTube user ProtoDojo wanted a more precise way of controlling his favorite iPad game Reckless Racing. Fortunately for him, he has the modding chops to actually do something about it. So he came up with RoboTouch, which now allows him to play games on the iPad using a NES controller. The controller is hooked up to several micro control servos with conductive arms that attach to the iPad via suction cups. Each arm corresponds to a button on the NES controller.

robotouch ipad nes controller hack by protodojo

The hack isn’t without it’s drawbacks though. First of all, as you’ll see in the demo video below, it takes quite a while to set up. Plus the servos make annoying squeaks when they move.

ProtoDojo says he’ll put up more details and pictures of RoboTouch on his website (currently down) although it seems to be down as of the moment. If Apple released a complementary gamepad for the iPad I’m pretty sure it’ll sell, but then that would be tantamount to exposing the limitations of their touch-based UI.

[via Hack a Day]



Talon Ice Tongs

Talon Ice Tongs

Death Star Coffee Mug

Death Star Coffee Mug

Screw Biter Screw Extractor Drivers

Screw Biter Screw Extractor Drivers

Hyundai’s Adorable Casper Micro-SUV Should Come Stateside

Hyundai’s Adorable Casper Micro-SUV Should Come Stateside

CUPRA UrbanRebel Concept Is a Badass Electric Hot Hatch

CUPRA UrbanRebel Concept Is a Badass Electric Hot Hatch

2021 Nissan GT-R T-Spec Will Come to the US

2021 Nissan GT-R T-Spec Will Come to the US

Advertisement