The Flipside iPhone game controller was a Kickstarter project that began last year with an ambitious goal of $135,000, raising only about $10k of that before getting canceled due to lack of interest.
Things have changed since the project was shut down in January, however. Apple has announced iOS 7, and with it, a set of official SDK hooks for game controller support, which means we’re going to see a resurgence in third-party controllers like this one.
Now the Flipside is back, restarting its campaign on Indiegogo for a more reasonable $40,000. For $60, you can pick up an early founder’s deal on the controller, which is set to be ready for use sometime next year. So far, the Flipside isn’t exactly raking in the dough (it’s earned about $300 as of this writing), but maybe the second time will be the charm.
This definitely won’t be the last we see of third-party controllers getting a big boost out of Apple’s iOS 7 game controller hooks. Once the operating system is ready and out in the public’s hands, we’ll see many more of these units become available. Who knows — maybe if Apple sees a market for controllers like this, we’ll eventually see an official controller designed in Cupertino. It would certainly be a great way to kick off the market for apps on the Apple TV.