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DRONE Bluetooth Gaming Handset Takes to Kickstarter for Funding, Looks Pretty Promising

I’ve written about my feelings on mobile games being ported from consoles to mobile systems on this site before. The biggest problem I have is the lack of control that will always be accompanied by playing Dead Space or GTA 3 on a tablet or phone. This is where the DRONE Evolution Bluetooth handset comes in. The three creators of the DRONE controller are asking for your help via Kickstarter to get the money they need for their project.

The team has already put a large amount of time into designing the controller so it fits well in the hand and also looks good sitting next to tablets and smartphones. As it is now the controller comes with one D-Pad and one analog stick however there is a poll to decide whether or not a second analog stick would be better suited for the controller. Oh and did I mention that they plan on making this open source? Four screws hold the devices together for easy access for anyone to pop it open and solder on “whatever you see fit.” Coding will also be available for change if this project gets off the ground, so if you are interested hit their Kickstarter page to see what you can help with. They still need a lot before they can start! 

Via: Kickstarter

Cheers NewDroidOrder!

  • needs some kind of, holder for phones or tablets.

  • Lane252

    despite the i*ad in the picture  this is dope

  • Daniel Rowen

    GAMEGRIPPER (at least for those of us with qwerty phones)

  • Raven

    The iControlPad is another good option if you are looking for something like this.  It was originally made for the iPhone, so you will see that in a lot of the pictures, but it is now very well supported on Android devices as well:

  •  Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the
    knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear
    what ought not to be feared.

  • mustbepbs

    That looks just as uncomfortable to hold as a phone/tablet with onscreen controls. Sorry, way better alternatives out there (like the PS3 controller).

  • JulianZHuang

    with GN multi-touch bug, a controller will be great, but only 13 days left…… 

  • drparty

    No point in spending time/money to reinvent the wheel. PS3 controller does just fine. Now if they’d done something different, create a really good method of snapping a modern android phone onto the controller, that would be good. As it is, they’re doing something Sony already did. No way am I spending a dime on this project.

  • I read DRONE, but thought DROID.

  • Ramon Toscano

    god no, put the first joy stick in the CORRECT place, then we’ll take about me throwing money at you.

    • jxcgunrunna

      Like a PlayStation controller? That would be awful. Those were designed that way when games didn’t use analog sticks and are extremely uncomfortable. The GameCube/360 controllers are about perfect.

  • Dliuzzo110

    So they want money to make something that you eventually have to buy anyways?

    • Ren Livingston

      By “backing” a project you are Pre-ordering the item.

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  • Palmer Nyako

    Needs a better more practical design.

  • PuzzleShot

    add a spring loaded clamp for holding my phone like the gametel has and i’d get one

  • Really? a ‘select’ button. C’mon

  • Tony Hannides
  • Mrbigfeathers

    I use the iControlPad. Already has dual analog sticks and a universal holder for any phone.


  • Prime7

    Look at the picture. His tablet is resting on what appears to be a table, which means that while he’s playing, dude holding the controller is probably hunched over in an uncomfortable position.

    This is my problem with having wireless controllers for phones and tablets; I am not Goro, so I only have two hands, and if the controller takes both of them, the tablet or phone has to be somewhere else (not to even mention the lack of portability because you have to carry both things around). And if I’m going to do that, I might as well use a real console so that the screen is my TV and much larger.

    Remember that retarded-looking tablet announced at CES, that has handles on the sides to act as the controller? Even that is a better concept than this.

    • David Parrella

      Calm down man, you don’t have to use a controller if you don’t want to. It’s bluetooth, it’s limited to probably around 10 feet, so no, you don’t HAVE to be that close. And yes, you can use a console to game, but plenty of people like gaming on the go and this is a great tool to compliment it, so even if you don’t like it it doesn’t mean it isn’t a good product. It already has $10,000 in backing…

    • Get a dock?

  • b00sted

    I need a snes bluetooth controller and I would be happy..

  • S_T_R

    They show off a crappy photoshop render and we’re supposed to fork over cash? No way in hell should ANYONE here give them money. If you don’t have the skills or time to build a prototype, you don’t deserve (or need) investors yet.

    • David Parrella

      Click on the link, they’ve built them, that picture is just bad quality just as many others on the internet…

      Look before you speak…

      • S_T_R

         Link is blocked by work firewall.

  • WhoaManWtF

    I use a wired 360 controler on my tablet, but also sometimes a ps3 controller.. They would have to price these are around 20 bucks to matter.

  • Or I’ll just use my spare PS3 controller…

    •  yeah… that or a wiimote is all you really need.

      • Randark

        I use a Wiimote and Classic Controller, this is about 3 years too late.

        • Madfatter

           You must not own a samsung or HTC device.

    • Blood

      This controller looks way better than the PS3 controller and will also matchthe ICS color.

      • mustbepbs

        Are you joking? Have you ever used a PS3 controller? You’d have to be mad to think this chode…oh you said looks. It doesn’t look better either.

      • PanicsWhenUbered

        The nice thing with this controller is that it is much thinner than a PS3 controller. I still think the DRONE controller is just a tad bit too big to be super portable though.

  • If that also works with my desktop/laptop, I don’t think I could afford NOT to buy one of these…

    • Ren Livingston

      It will work with a laptop/computer so long as it has Bluetooth.

  • Make this work with Google TV. NOW.

  • This + OnLive (or other streaming) + hdmi output = Current phone your last console you ever need.

    • Crazydog

      OnLive already sells their own controller

      • oh right i forgot about that one. but the usb would be annoying.

        • Crazydog

          The USB is for devices with no Bluetooth support. As it says *right* on that page I linked you to:
          “Many tablets and smartphones via Bluetooth”

        • Blood

          I have an onlive wireless controller and the usb is just for charging the controller.

    • Plus it’s rumored that the new Playstation and Xbox won’t play used games. Or only part of them & pay a fee to unlock the rest of the game after buying it used first. 

      • I kind of find those rumors hard to believe, but its not impossible. That’s basically how PC games work, no? So its not THAT big of a deal.

        I also love how people are freaking out that the they may not use disks. I for one am happy, everything should have been on flash memory already. I HATE DISKS!

        • Not really, you can still play used PC games with no problem. Problem is, if ps3 & x-box won’t play used games, that will destroy the entire used game market putting tons of stores out of business that rely on those used games. The buying and selling of used products has been a staple of economies since roman times. Also, flash memory games died with the cartridge and we are not going back. Disks are a pain in the butt, but it’s better then taking up your hard drive installing all your games. And with ISP’s continuing to limit your data usage streaming games, like onlive, will not last.

    • mustbepbs

      Maybe if you like crappy phone/tablet games. For the rest of us who enjoy games that last longer than 15 minutes, we’ll stick to consoles. Smartphone =/= Gaming console/handheld.

      • do you know how onlive works? it streams a game played at maximum settings to your phone/computer. my phone will be able to play the next generation console games since its not dependent on MY hardware, only the internet/bandwidth i have.

        • mustbepbs

          I am quite aware how On-Live works, and how limited their library is. Until they have much larger support, it’s pretty lackluster. You’re certainly not going to be playing first party games either, and those are the cream of the crop. Like I said, smartphone =/= gaming console.

          • thats how it is now. im pretty sure cloud gaming is going to be a huge player in the future. and what makes it great is that all your current hardware will be able to support it. that was the point i was making.

  • justincase_2008

    reminds me of my wii classic controller i have been using for years now.

  • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

    FIRST FIRST FIRST!!!!! (that’s probably not been done in a while, so I thought I’d do one for old time’s sake)

  • KleenDroid