It seems this heat wave isn’t the only thing that’s heating up this summer. As we saw this past E3, companies are now becoming proactive in solving the biggest bummer in mobile gaming — touchscreen controls. This week, another device is hoping to enter the market. Looking to knock Zeemote (see our review here!) from its throne as the most oddly shaped controller is the newcomer, Ringbow. Shaped like your everyday ring, this small third party bluetooth controller has a full …er mini d-pad crammed on the device. If the thought of a wearable controller sounds appealing, Ringbow is looking for backers to make it a reality.
Ringbow’s concept is simple. Instead of lugging around a dedicated controller for your Android device, Ringbow lets you wear your controller on your finger. As we mentioned, it has a d-pad available, powered by bluetooth, and can keep you gaming for 5 hours. For the fashion conscious, the Ringbow will come in a host of flavors to match your outfit.
The developers of Ringbow’s sale’s pitch:
Ringbow lets you free your fingers from your device, leaving your hands available to do whatever you feel like doing: eating a sandwich, drinking a beer, high-fiving your buddy or stroking a puppy. Whatever you’d choose to do with your hands!
While gaming and drinking sounds great, Ringbow is looking to go beyond simply controlling your games. As you can see in their concept video below, Ringbow is looking to enhance the actual games:
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The company is looking for funding over at Kickstarter.com. A $45 commitment will net you a sleek black Ringbow though additional support will open up an array of colors and other extras. With less than a month left and only over a quarter of the funds raised, if Ringbow’s concept sounds great to you, head down the link below to show your support.