Even though Google
’s Project Ara
modular smartphone isn’t a Real Thing just yet (but allegedly will be come January
), creative minds are already cooking up intriguing modules and add-ons for the smartphone. One from Samuel Herb, “The Aether Technician”
, is a device that attaches to the Ara phone and turns it into a portable gaming system.
Dubbed “Flippypad”, the design concept is a hinged controller that L and R buttons, a D-pad, dual flat joysticks, and ABXY buttons. It could ostensibly also house an extra battery, which would be ideal for sustaining long gaming sessions, and the clamshell shape doubles as a protective case for Ara, too.
Such a product makes lots of sense for an Android
-based device. There are mountains of Android games available, and a slick controller will make that experience even better.
Of course, like so many ideas swirling around Project Ara, this one is merely a design concept. Herb is looking for someone to partner with to actually make Flippypad; hopefully someone takes him up on it. The Project Ara MDK should help with that.