The International Consumer Electronics Show doesn’t kick off until Tuesday, but Mac|Life is already braving the slot machines and budget stomach-busting buffets to bring you the best and brightest of what will be unleashed there. One of the things we’re most excited about is a handful of new offerings from ION’s iCade series.
We all remember that famous quote from The Little Engine That Could. Pulling a heavy, broken train up an enormous slope, he struggled up the hill alone with only his hopeless optimism. Each and every time he thought he couldn't go any further, he would repeat:
If you think jailbreakers have all the fun, you’re right: Not only do they have a cool universal port of the MAME project to play all those retro games, but now they can even do it with experimental support for the $99 iCade cabinet.
What if you could just slap a joystick on your iPad anytime you wanted to play a game and get a tactile response and control precision that fingers alone can’t provide? It sounds like some visionary prototype of a distant future, but they exist today, and that futuristic voodoo magic is really just suction cups. Even better, these stick-on accessories can actually improve your iPad gaming experience—or at least one of them can.
Happy April Fools Day! While we didn't actually plan out a prank of our own, we did find some nifty apps to help you prank your friends and ring in the first of April. Also, yes, that's an Apple Store playset you're staring at.
Physical keyboards are handy to have for your iOS device, and this nifty contraption from ThinkGeek actually has the keyboard tacked on to an iPhone case. It slides out when you need it and stays put when you don't. The keyboard itself is responsive and easy to get a hang of, and it's powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that you'll -- unfortunately -- have to charge separately from the iPhone via a microUSB cord. Also, the addition of a physical keyboard on your iPhone means added bulk and weight, which is apparent when you're holding it up to your ear--especially the few of us that use our iPhones for phone calls.
Besides the Tauntaun Sleeping bag, there hasn't been an April Fool's product from ThinkGeek that has had us drooling more than the iCade. Lucky for us Ion Audio, has teamed up with ThinkGeek and Atari to bring the iCade to life.