iPhone Joystick ($12.95)
There are some great iPhone games, but the touchscreen interface is so… flat! Put your rusty arcade skills to use with a shiny all-metal joystick designed specifically for capacitive touchscreen smartphones. To install, just center the controller over a game’s virtual on-screen control pad. A hidden suction cup keeps the joystick in one place and returns it to center.
I love our attachment to vintage things. It makes us create products like this that make our super efficient, super modern technologies something we’re somehow familiar with.
It also complicates them.
Am I knocking it? Of course not. When we were building the Immersedition book app for Survivors, we spent more time than you can imagine making sure the “page turn” felt like an actual page turn, complete with subtle mirror image of the text on the back of the “page” so it was like you were seeing through it to the other side. Only, just like iPhone games don’t have or need a joystick, a book app doesn’t technically need a page turn. And yet, we like to feel like we’re reading, and so it does.
As app developers and designers, as content creators for new technologies, and as everyone else who falls into these categories that I (and maybe you) somehow fall into, we have to think of these things. Technology is now about an experience. It used to be something we used despite the experience. Now the use of technology itself is the experience. That’s how far we’ve come. We have to make the most of that. Sometimes that means embracing the future. Sometimes, it means remembering what we hold dearly about the past.
O, nostalgia. How you rule us so.