Fling iPad game controller on hand today at CES — and it's perhaps the most effective gaming add-on for the iPad market.
The demo we tried had two Fling's on either side of the iPad's screen, controlling a dual-joystick title. What makes the experience so smooth is that the capacitive nub never actually makes any contact with the screen, but hovers just above. More so, that spiral design pictured above is meant to create resistance the closer you get to the edge of the ring, giving the user a tactile sense of where the joystick's boundaries lie — something that apparently took numerous prototypes to get just right.
But it works, and quite well, in fact. We were told the Fling can now be bought through Ten One Design's website for $25, with a pack of two retailing for $38. A representative was quick to point out that this nub is perfectly compatible with Android tablets too, and even hinted that an iPhone/smartphone variant might be in the works.