Stick an analog stick to your iPad

First there were the Tactile+ Plus stickers. Now, there's an exciting new development in the field of fake buttons for touchscreens! The Fling is an analog stick designed to be placed on an iPad's screen, over the virtual joystick. Unlike the Tactile+ Plus, there's no adhesive to apply to your screen -- it uses suction cups.

The transparent design (with a small accent in your choice of three colors) is designed not to obscure too much of the view, and it comes with a lovely pouch for storage when you aren't playing a game with virtual controls or don't want to be seen with some thing stuck to the screen. If you're desperate enough to be playing games with virtual controls on an iPad, then you're probably at the point where you're willing to try crazy stuff like this. You can pre-order it for $24.95.

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Ten One Design Unveils Fling Tactile Game Controller for iPad at CES 2011

Capacitive touch screen tactile game controller for iPad offers ultimate control over any game with a virtual joystick – pre-sale starts now

Montclair, NJ (January 4, 2011) – Ten One Design, creator of the first capacitive touch-screen stylus for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, has announced its revolutionary tactile game controller for iPad - Fling. This patent pending device adheres to the iPad's screen over the directional pad of any applicable game to deliver ultimate control and superb response for full gaming immersion. Fling's unique spiral design creates actual physical resistance so gamers are assured of greater directional control.

Fling works with any iPad game with a directional pad, or virtual joystick, including Meteor Blitz, Across Age and Super Megaworm, among many other First Person Shooter and RPG titles.
To use Fling, launch the game of your choice, secure Fling's center control over the game's directional pad. Then simply place your thumb on the center control to navigate easily through the game.

Fling's unique transparent and flexible design provides an unrestricted view of all on-screen action. Plus, the suction cups allow simple attachment and detachment for spontaneous gaming sessions. Click here to see full video demo.

The included microfiber bag is ideal for on-the-go storage and doubles as the perfect screen cleaning cloth to eliminate unwanted smudges and fingerprints.

Available with Ice, Ninja and Ultraviolet accents, Fling can be pre-ordered now at www.tenonedesign.com for just $24.95 and will begin shipping at the end of January.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.