Joined: 23 Jan 2001 Posts: 255 Location: Indianapolis
Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2001 7:28 pm Post subject: how about an enhanced gamepad?
This is particularly for the iPAQ but would also be useful on other PocketPCs: Basically, it would be a keypad, about 1.5 inches tall with either a directional pad or an actual joystick as well as a number of buttons that could be assigned other keycodes or sequences. Ideally, the device would plug securely into the bottom of the PocketPC. It could use the same type of driver that the StowAway and other external keyboards use. The driver could even be enhanced so each game would have a "profile" of which keys did what.
The reason for this is as follows:
1) Only the Casios are currently able to register simultaneous button presses. (i.e. You can't run and jump at the same time.) The keyboards don't have that limitation.
2) Some games require more functions than there are buttons on the PocketPC.
3) Each game uses different buttons for similar functions. (I keep jumping when I mean to fire.)
It may be useful for more applications than gaming. Consider a security camera system connected via wireless network to your PocketPC. You'd have all the controls you need to pan, zoom, switch views, etc. without taking up screen space for controls.
Price it at about $25 to $50 and I'll buy one the day it's available.
I would have to agree completely. The Stowaway Keyboard works wonders in games that support it, but I would like something slightly more portable. I'd bug Gravis about it, but the quality of their gamepads has really gone down the toilet in the last few years.
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