We've seen many arcade-style joysticks for video game consoles over the years, and the trend is making its way to the tablet market. The ThinkGeek Joystick-It attaches to your tablet's screen in a position of your choosing so that you can game on your shiny new slate in a decidedly retro way. The joystick is all-aluminum, works with any game that has an on-screen control pad, and does its thing without the use of batteries. We don't know how the device actually attaches to the display, but we do know that it is more aesthetically pleasing than other tactile control solutions we've seen at CES this year. The Joystick-It will cost $24.95 and be available by the end of January, so if old-school gaming is your thing, check out the demo video after the break.
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ThinkGeek's JOYSTICK-IT is a Bionic Upgrade for Screen-Swiping Gamers
Solid-milled, aluminum joystick brings first-class precision
and classic style to tablet gaming
Fairfax, VA – January 5, 2010 – ThinkGeek is proud to announce a new upgrade for the white-hot tablet gaming market. The JOYSTICK-ITTM Arcade Stick is a solid aluminum joystick that attaches to any tablet gaming device to provide precision control of touch screen games.
"Out of the box, the JOYSTICK-IT works with thousands of different game apps," says Ty Liotta, head of ThinkGeek product development. "We chose to use solid-milled aluminum because it was lightweight but also provided the most realistic arcade gaming feel."
Invented at ThinkGeek, the patent-pending JOYSTICK-IT requires no batteries to operate. The device works with any device which features a capacitive touchscreen, this includes the iPad™ and many Android™ tablets. When not evading ghosts or striking fear in the heart of other 8-bit monstrosities, the JOYSTICK-IT is easily removed from the screen.
Priced at $24.95, JOYSTICK-IT will be available in limited quantities by the end of January. Consumers can sign up for product updates and read more about JOYSTICK-IT on ThinkGeek's website.