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Two days ago Bladepad, LLC launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise USD $55,000 to fund a project that will turn your iPhone into a “true gaming system”, complete with a detachable protective casing.

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Two days ago Bladepad, LLC launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise USD $55,000 to fund a project that will turn your iPhone into a “true gaming system”, complete with a detachable protective casing.

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If you’ve ever wished for an iPhone controller accessory that also doubles as a protective casing then the Bladepad Detachable iPhone Gamepad might just be it. 

The Bladepad has two parts, a protective casing for the phone, and a detachable gamepad with a sliding mechanism.  There won’t be any wiring needed because the gamepad will connect to the phone via Bluetooth. 

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As far as triggers are concerned, the gamepad comes with dual analog sticks, and full console controller buttons (D-pad, ABXY buttons, start, select, L1, L2, R1, R2).  The gamepad charges via a micro USB port and the included charging cable will have a micro USB and 30-pin charger for the iPhone.  Developers are claiming that the Bladepad will be made from “high quality components and materials.”  A micro-processor and Bluetooth module from Texas Instruments will hum under a metal alloy casing.

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Developers are also claiming that they are currently in talks with several “major game studios” and independent studios, and that “top action/adventure and sports games on iOS” will be Bladepad-supported.

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Bladepad, LLC is planning to retail its gamepad for $99, but backers in the range of $69 to $79 will receive a gamepad around November.  Check out the Bladepad Kickstarter for more details.