It is what it sounds like, kids. Logitech, clearly on a tablet accessories tear, just trotted out another toy for the iPad. This time, it's a suction cup joystick that sits on the screen, inviting people to gawk at you while you play Pac Man in Starbucks. As you can see in the photos, this isn't a ball-capped joystick so much as a laptop-style pointing stick masquerading as a retro controller. That nub has a flat, slick surface, and without much of an indentation or textured grip, it's easy for your finger to slip off. It'll go on sale next month for $19.99, an appropriate price for what will most likely be an impulse buy. For now, we've got video of it in action after the break.
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Logitech Joystick for iPad
Logitech Unveils Two New Tablet Accessories that Let You Work and Play Smart
Introducing the Logitech® Joystick for iPad®
and the Logitech® Fold-Up Keyboard for iPad® 2
FREMONT, Calif. - Aug. 24, 2011 -Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) unveiled two new accessories that help you make the most of your tablet. The Logitech® Fold-Up Keyboard for iPad® 2 is the ideal tool for comfy, on-the-go typing, and the Logitech® Joystick for iPad offers more accurate, immersive game play.
Moving tablet use beyond the traditional touchpad strokes, both devices empower you to interact with your iPad more efficiently, extending your tablet experience into the world around you.
"Many people are using tablets in ways that require more than fingertip scrolling, pointing and pressing on the touchpad," said Azmat Ali, Logitech vice president of mobile and tablet products. "Whether you're typing notes, emailing, or playing games, both devices greatly extend flexibility when it comes to creating content or enjoying entertainment."
Highlights of Logitech's new iPad tablet accessories:
Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard for iPad 2
The Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard for iPad 2 is your perfect on-the-go solution. With a full-size, Bluetooth® keyboard and stand, you simply open and type, and close and forget. Closed, the keyboard rests securely underneath your iPad 2. Open, it holds the tablet at an ideal angle for typing and taking notes. Unlike folio-style Bluetooth keyboards, the Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard for iPad 2 is full-sized for comfy typing. And it charges over USB, so you never need to worry about replacing batteries. The device wakes up and is ready to use as soon as it's unfolded, and turns itself off automatically when folded to save battery power.
Logitech Joystick for iPad
The Logitech Joystick for iPad is the perfect gaming companion for your iPad or iPad 2. No one likes to lose a point or go down in defeat because their thumb misses the control area. The Logitech Joystick for iPad gives you a thumb-stick style game controller that you can use with just about any game with an on-screen joystick or d-pad. The device attaches to your iPad with suction cups that are easy to apply and easy to remove. And the coiled spring provides force feedback that automatically returns the joystick to the center position.
Pricing and Availability
The Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in September, for a suggested retail price of $129.99 (U.S.). The Logitech Joystick is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in September, for a suggested retail price of $19.99 (U.S.). Visit our blog or website for more information.