Since the launch of touchscreen devices, rhythm games have become easily accessible for fans, but there’s still something fiddly and missing when you’re just tapping away at a flat display with no tactile response. Thankfully, Japan‘s 39thanks have now come to the rescue with its new crowdfunded project: the Rhythm PAD Controller.
Sized roughly like a smaller smartphone, the new device comes with five tactile input pads that connect to your phone via tiny cabled suction cups, which you can place on various parts of your screen corresponding to the game. The pads themselves are conductive and sends a signal to your phone when you touch them through the static electricity you give off.
Aside from conventional rhythm games, the device also works with drumming apps, and even comes with two little drum sticks so you can bash out some beats without having to worry about damaging your touchscreen. If you need more than five inputs, the control pad will let you connect with a second one as well, giving you double the amount to play with if you’re using larger displays, like tablets or even the Nintendo Switch.
For those interested in crowdfunding for 39thanks’ Rhythm PAD controller, you can head over to its page on Kibidango.
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