The WynCASE: an interesting take on the iOS gamepad

By , Dec 12, 2012

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “ugh, not another iOS gamepad! We’ve seen dozens of these already and they’re either too expensive, too bulky, or too complicated.” And you’re right, we’ve seen a number of these things, and most of them fit that description.

But what if I were to tell you that this new gamepad called the WynCASE was different? What if I told you that it was inexpensive, extremely thin, and didn’t require a Bluetooth connection or batteries? Does any of this pique your interest? Good. Keep reading…

The WynCASE is an ultra-thin snap-on gamepad for your iPhone 4, 4S or 5 from WynLABS. It features 8 physical buttons, which they say offer tactile feedback, and is both durable and reversible, so it can be used as a standard case when you’re not gaming.

But the really big deal here is the fact that the WynCASE doesn’t require any kind of wireless connection or batteries. It uses patent-pending BridgeTOUCH™ technology to send signals from its buttons to your device’s capacitive touchscreen, just as if you were touching it.

Unfortunately, the WynCASE isn’t for sale yet. WynLABS just launched a Kickstarter project for the gamepad and is hoping to raise $80,000 in the next 30 days to start production. For those interested, $30 gets you on the pre-order list and you can even pick the color.

There’s no question that iOS is a popular gaming platform. The App Store offers more than 100,000 games, and many of them, like Modern Combat 4, have console-quality graphics. Unfortunately, we’ve yet to see a proper gamepad that supports more than a few titles.

Do I think the WynCASE could fill that void? No. Under ‘Developer Support,’ it lists the usual “100s of games already work with WynCASE, and more are coming.” But this is by far the most interesting take on the iOS gamepad I’ve ever seen, and I’m rooting for them.

What do you think of the WynCASE?

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  • dan

    shut up and take my money !!

  • http://twitter.com/klouud Timothy Polumbo

    Ok, this is actually something I can get behind! No battery! Yes please!

    • http://twitter.com/klouud Timothy Polumbo

      I’m a backer! Hooray! I may actually use AirPlay with my Apple TV now!

    • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

      Yeah it’s grt

  • JamesR624

    Cool! A gamepad that just like all the other ones requires all games to be redesigned! I’m sure this will totally take off more than all the other game pads that require people do redesign their apps.

    At least to make your app compatible with other gamepads, you add in bluetooth input and your done. With this, you have to redesign the touchscreen controls entirely.

    This is just another gamepad that won’t take off because all devs would have to resins their apps. I wish people would stop trying this shit over and over and either wait till Apple comes out with something officialy or realizes that iOS gaming sucks for most genres.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timothy-Polumbo/100000101263898 Timothy Polumbo

      iOS gaming is rock solid man. I do 99% of my gaming on my 4S now. And I’ve owned an XBOX360 (that died from the RRoD) and wii.

      • Falk M.

        Uhm…
        What kinda games do you play?

      • Dan

        Not sure what you’re talking about. There are no IOS games that compare to games franchises like (Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Dead Space, Assassins Creed, Far Cry etc…). IOS does gave some good games, they never have the same budget or quality. Also when I say quality, I don’t just mean graphics.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        yes there are but touch screen controls make it very cumbersome to play complicated action games

      • Dan

        Well I have yet to see games on IOS that have the story/dialogue quality that you see in PC/Xbox games (take for example The Witcher or the ME franchise as a reference).
        Care to give an example of excellent IOS gaming? Most big games I’ve seen are from Gameloft and the voice acting is atrocious and the storyline are mostly rip offs of other games.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      yes cause apple refuses to make and official pad that works with all games it so damn sad.. its a simple easy device that will make them tons of money

  • http://twitter.com/Agil1ty Olaf Y. Wouters

    Don’t they mean pantent pending? Instead of patent bending?

  • Falk M.

    No analogue stick, no sell.

    That’s just me though and I know I’m just waiting for Apple to finally get their act together and source the possibilities.
    Heck, can’t be so hard to make a gamepad API ffs…

    (I know it’s rejection by design, because they are so high on the “you can all do it via touch! FEEEL the game, not the controls!” or whatever they have been thinking so far.

    Well, let me tell you, touch controls work perfectly with many games, however, the serious stuff is horrible to control!

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      exactly

  • Johnathan Jennings

    I wana see Grand Theft Auto on this thing!

  • http://twitter.com/Terhoence Terence Ho

    Cool stuff! I want one!

  • iBanks

    Ordered mine…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      loloooololl

  • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

    I always wondered about the kick starters projects. What happens if they don’t meet their $80,000 target? Does everyone get their money back and go home empty handed or do they still get the product until stock runs out?

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      no you don’t… the scammers take it and buy new cars and rent pretty chics for sex..

      • ic0dex

        LOL I need to start a kickstarter project and get me some chicks bro!!!

  • deepdvd

    Does any of this pique your interest? Good. Keep reading… definition 3.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pique

  • deepdvd

    I’m rather surprised that nobody has mentioned the fact that the case covers the top and bottom of the screen just a little. It’s the only way it can touch the screen. Who wants to lose screen real estate just for a controller? I like the idea, but what game developers would get behind something that reduces your screen size?

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      especially on an iphone that already has a very small screen… this = fail + scam

      • deepdvd

        Fail, probably. Scam? Why would you say that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    “just launched a Kickstarter project” i am tired of these kickstarteer scams that want money the disappear once they start getting donations..lolooo

    the tech info on this thing too damn vague..

    Hey IDB can you please only show us stuff that is actually for sale not some imaginary hoax device..

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    lol all games need their buttons remapped… hahaha i swear apple should have implement this from the start

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Antonio-Gzz/100001847768813 Antonio Gzz

    iPSP

    ;D

  • Ray V

    What’s the car game they are playing?

    • air naji

      That’s either the real racing series or asphalt series.

  • Érico Gonçalves

    I don’t think playing street fighter is possible with that…

  • http://www.facebook.com/sean.mccathern Sean McCathern

    This will work great with a lot of games where you can re-arrange the touch screen controls. Like GTA ViceCity that just came out, you could easily move the buttons around to work with this controller. I’m not going to buy one, but it’s a solid point. Many games are already compatible with only a moments tweaking. If only it wasn’t $80, that’s just dumb, especially when there is no circuitry. I would only pay $80 for a wireless bluetooth controller with dual analog sticks.