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iCADE turns an iPad into a mini arcade cabinet

iCADE turns an iPad into a mini arcade cabinet

—The iCADE arcade-style controller for iPad originally appeared as an April Fools joke on ThinkGeek last year.  The farce device garnered so much interest,  ThinkGeek has partnered with ION to turn the concept into a reality. The resulting unit packs a full-sized joystick and eight arcade buttons in a mini arcade cabinet form factor.

The iCADE iPad Controller unit packs a full-sized joystick and eight arcade buttons in a mini arcade cabinet form factor

The iCADE is slightly redesigned from the initial ThinkGeek April Fools mockup, with the iPad now sitting at a slight angle in a specially designed cradle to provide a better viewing angle and the joystick and arcade buttons placed on a slightly angled surface so they’re not quite so close to the iPad screen. Interestingly, the iCADE’s controls connect to the iPad via Bluetooth and not the dock connector.

iCADE’s controls connect to the iPad via Bluetooth and not the dock connector

ThinkGeek was initially worried about getting Apple to approve a MAME based emulator app for the iPad, but ION has partnered with Atari to bring a suite of its classic arcade titles, including Asteroids, to market with support for the iCADE built in. Additionally, ION says new and existing apps can be easily updated to work with the device, with the API to be released to allow any iOS developer to create iCADE-compatible games.

Judging by the reception the concept received when it was first unveiled by ThinkGeek and the attention it received at CES 2011, there are many iPad owners looking to relive some of their misspent youth and the device will fly out the door.

ION has partnered with Atari to bring a suite of its classic arcade titles, including Asteroids, to market with support for the iCADE built in

The iCADE is currently in production and will be available for ordering in Spring 2011 priced at $99.99.

Posted 1/11/11

David Novakhttps://www.gadgetgram.com
For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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