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A new physical joystick specifically designed to increase control precision in smartphone or tablet games could soon be winging its way to you after successfully achieving its funding goal on Kickstarter. The team behind ScreenStick say that it can be used on most touchscreen games with on-screen controls and is totally platform independent, meaning that iOS, Android and Windows Phone are all covered.

The package includes both a traditional joystick and a joypad attachment, so you can choose which is most suited to your specific game.


Games that have been testing for compatibility so far include big titles such as:
GTA: San Andreas
FIFA 15: Ultimate Team

Real Racing

I love the idea of this as I’ve always found touchscreen controls in-natural and lacking in any form of feedback. Bluetooth joysticks and joypads compatible with smartphones are on the market, but the reason they haven’t taken off, I suspect, is that they add considerable bulk.

Smartphones games are now getting to a point where they are rivalling the last generation of console games, but are stuck with primitive touchscreen controls. This pocket sized accessory could well be what die-hard gamers need on the morning commute to give that home console feel.

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ScreenStick £8

In a conference with Goldman Sachs this week, Tim Cook, Apples CEO said “The only thing we’ll never do is make a crappy product…. That’s the only religion that we have. We must do something great, something bold, something ambitious.” and it is this ethos that makes them great.

When you see Apple’s products, you want to touch them, and better still, own them. Although Apple’s products are far from unique, once you have it, you feel special, almost like you are in a club and we all love showing them off in our homes. So why then do we connect them to such dull cables, USB keys and storage devices?

The new Kickstarter project ZenDock promises to push the design even further, creating a dock to connect all cables to your MacBook, but keeping with the brushed aluminium theme. The dock is CNC milled from a solid block of T6061 aluminium and is bead blasted and anodised to capture Apple’s true style.

The ZenDocks aim is to create a clean working space, removing those annoying cables from all over your desk. It easily connects one block to the side of your MacBook and all cables you would like to attach to the Mac are connected to the other end of the dock which can be concealed (or even wall mounted) out of sight. It is even created as a non-blocking device, so that other ports can be accessed easily while it is attached.

Both versions give you three USB 3.0 ports, mic & speaker connections and a mini display outlet. The Pro version allows for the connection of ethernet and firewire while the Retina version has a Thunderbolt pass-through.

The ZenDock has just under 2 weeks to go and is already fully funded, so you are pretty much guaranteed to get a product. Starting now at $179 with $19 shipping to the UK, the company is aiming for a October 2013 delivery.

This is a wonderful addition for any true Apple fanboys out there who own a MacBook and want to organise their desk Apple-style.



Elevation Labs, a industrial design and engineering firm achieved successful funding to manufacture the simple Elevation Dock.

Late last year the firm launched a Kickstarter project to raise $75,000 to manufacture the aircraft grade aluminium docks with the same styling that Apple have made famous in the last few years. The firm rose a whopping $1.46m but then had to contend with Apple changing to the lightning dock, which was swiftly and commendably taken care of by the company.

The dock is a solid block of CNC machined aluminum which will not only fit in anywhere, it will look cool and feel expensive at the same time. When making the dock, the firm focused on something that would be able to be operated with one hand, with the dock staying put when you detach the phone, and they sure got it right!

When using this dock, you feel that Apple themselves produced this and that is a testament to how well this company have performed. It almost raises the question as to why Apple have not bothered making this, as it would sell so well.

This unit will work with most iPhone cases and is ideal to use on a bedside table or to prop the phone up during FaceTime calls. The dock comes in matte black, black, blue and red and even comes in a glass bead blasted “Apple finish” to fit with all of your other devices. It starts at $89 and the company will ship to the UK.