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Ringbow - a wearable D-Pad solution for Android devices

August 8, 2012

When it comes to mobile gaming, many feel that touchscreen controls are the one thing holding the experience back. With quad-core ARM processors and higher-end graphics, mobile games are starting to look every bit as capable as many console games, but controlling your character with touch alone just doesn’t seem to get the job done right.

This is were the unique Ringbow comes in, a new Kickstarter project that aims to give you the power of a D-Pad on your finger through a ring-shaped design. Using Bluetooth, the ring can communicate wirelessly with your favorite Android device and no longer will it be necessary to carry around a full-sized controller if you wish to free yourself from touch-only gaming.

If the Ringbow sounds like something that you would be interested in, a pledge of $45 will help secure you a black Ringbow, and additional support will even open up the door to more colors and options. Pushing a D-Pad around by your finger tip in such an odd limited space doesn’t sound particularly comfortable for long gaming sessions, but the idea is unique and if they call pull it off, it would be a very portable solution.

Check out the concept video below to get an idea of how the Ringbow potentially would work to help enhance your gaming experience.