ScreenStick is a stick-on joystick for tablets

Brittany A. Roston - Mar 9, 2015, 8:40pm CDT
ScreenStick is a stick-on joystick for tablets

Mobile gaming has become a sophisticated hobby over the years, and anyone who enjoys it quickly grows tired of on-screen digital controls. The solution is a mobile gamepad, of which there is no shortage, but they all come with the same design: a clip in which a smartphone or tablet is slid, positioning it above a standard gaming controller. ScreenStick is different, putting physical joysticks on your device’s display using suction cups for a more natural feel when holding the device.

ScreenStick’s beauty is in its simplicity: you don’t need a Bluetooth connection or anything of the sort. Rather, each joystick is made of materials that allow it to function the same way an ordinary stylus does, being positioned over the digital controls on a device’s display for using with one’s thumbs.

The conductive surface is said to be soft (so no worries about scratching your screen), and among the joystick’s features is auto-centering, force feedback, a lightweight but durable alloy material, and a pouch in which the sticks can be carried. Different stick types will be offered for those with are particular about their controllers.

The maker behind the ScreenStick was seeking £6,000 on Kickstarter, which has been exceeded with about £22,000 in pledges thus far (and 5 days remaining). You’ll need to pledge £11 to get a ScreenStick set ($16.50 if you’re in the US), with the shipping being set to start for backers some time next month.

SOURCE: Kickstarter


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