So, what’s hot at Kickstarter this week? Lot’s of things; but what drew our attention this week is the iControllPad 2. It is probably the “worlds first open-source controller.” This micro-controller runs on open source software and is fully user programmable. What’s more? It works as a standard HID (Human Interface Device) for any system that with Bluetooth or USB connectivity.
The iControllPad 2 is the second project of Product 3 LLC. The gadget is up from drawing boards and ready for commercial production. The controller “is not tied to phones or tablets. It is designed to be used with anything from your Raspberry Pi, Dev-board or USB Stick computer, to Robots, hobby projects, PC, Mac, bare PCBs/Motherboards, set-top boxes and anything else with Bluetooth.” And, its rock-solid design is built to last.
The control set includes D-Pad, dual analog stick, ABXY face buttons, and QWERTY keyboard/number pad. This portable controller is designed to last 12-14 hours at a single charge.
No dedicated app is required to pair and program the controller with any device. Its overlay software lets users program the controller with any such app. With the iControllPad 2 being open sourced, anyone can develop their own commands and protocols. Upon availability users will also be able to attain source codes made available by the makers.
The iControllPad 2 comes with a swivel-holder for extended comfort. It’s very convenient because a user can very easily swivel the controller’s position behind the phone when taking calls or browsing the internet. The size of the controller compares to an iPhone 4 without a case.
The creators of the controller plan to go into production, if they receive the correct funding. If you hurry, you could receive one of these nifty programmable controllers by November for just $75 plus shipping.