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iControlPad developer slams Apple gaming peripheral patent application

'An extremely sinister development'

Product: iControlPad | Manufacturer: iControlPad
 
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Craig Rothwell, inventor of the iControlPad peripheral – which has been popping up in various stages of development since 2008, most recently running Super Mario Kart and psx4iphone – has hit out on his development blog against recently revealed Apple iPhone peripheral patents spotted by PatentlyApple.

In a post published on the 2nd April 2010 and entitled 'An extremely sinister development', Rothwell writes, “We were very very surprised to see that apple have allegedly filed a patent for our original iControlPad design some 6 months after we revealed it.”

The Apple patent was originally filed in Q3 2008, while the iControlPad first got covered by Pocket Gamer in May 2008.

“This was announced on April the 1st,” Rothwell goes on, “and at first we thought it might be a joke aimed at us, but it's now been reported on several other sites, today, april the 2nd.“

The inventors on Apple's patent application are listed as Brett Allen and Sanjay Gadkari. Gadkari appears to be a patent attorney employed by Apple.

We've contacted Rothwell for comment.
 

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NeoTechni | 07:57 - 18 April 2010
"You should also have patented your idea."

They did...
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NeoTechni | 07:56 - 18 April 2010
"Implement a better cross pad and there is no need for physical buttons."

False. NOTHING you can do on a touchscreen will make up for the lack of physical buttons. Nothing is better than buttons.
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klouud | 17:33 - 6 April 2010
**denial
Anonymous | 01:26 - 6 April 2010
The really amusing thing, if you go to his site, is that his main audience for his device are people playing emulated games on their jailbroken iPhones
Anonymous | 23:02 - 4 April 2010
Oh well by the time this is complete the icontrol pad will be out dated ,because apple will invent some thing else anyway ....strictly bussiness my friend . (-.-)
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klouud | 02:07 - 4 April 2010
Everyone sure seems to be sensitive about this subject...

Oh well...
Anonymous | 16:40 - 3 April 2010
YOU FAGS SURE GOT TOLD
Anonymous | 16:31 - 3 April 2010
Hello everyone I am a macfag look at me while I am choking on a million dicks.

Signed.

-klouud
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klouud | 14:35 - 3 April 2010
Oh wow! I just noticed that ZodTTD commented in this thread. cool!

@ZodTTD

dude! You are the emulating god on the iPlatform!

But this iControlPad rubbish was mainly created to bring better controls to your emulators. If you would implement a virtual control stick like gameloft uses or like the cross pad in Zenonia2 there would be no need for this ugly piece of junk. Plus more people would buy your products.

I downloaded all of them back when they were free and I can honestly say that I was really frustrated because the directional pad was so difficult to use.

Its obvious that Apple is not going to support a 3rd party piece of hardware like the iControlPad... so obviously it WAS going to be released with the Jailbreak community in mind... and best jailbreak games are your emulators...

Implement a better cross pad and there is no need for physical buttons.

@Everyone else

LOL guys! I get that Apple totally stabbed the iControl Pad guys in the back - I get it.
Anonymous | 11:11 - 3 April 2010
@klouud

Although totally legal, is a miserable movement (but very typical of Apple) and it is still a stealing. Apple is a thief
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