Well, I'll be doggone. External gamepads have gone to the dogs, it seems, with the GameBone for the iPhone and iPod Touch resembling a nice juicy doggie bone, right down to the color. The good thing here is that it adds real physical buttons (eight-way d-pad with six buttons) to the buttonless iPhone, with a stand bundled to prop up the Apple device in use.
Then again, a bone of contention is that this makes for a whole lot of cumbersome when it comes to portable gaming on the commute. The good news? The folks at Australia-based 22moo have since announced work on a clip-on rotating "I" stand that will allow the GameBone Pro to be attached to the iPhone/iPod touch while in use.
Specs-wise, connection is via Bluetooth or through a 30-pin dock connector cable. There are also built-in speakers, a mic, a 3.5 audio headphone jack, and a rechargeable lithium ion battery, though we don't know if this has an onboard accelerometer to handle such games from the App Store.
This GameBone Pro a September launch date, with pricing interestingly open to suggestions from the floor ($1, anyone?). Let's hope that by the time this rolls, it won't end up in the doghouse for being too much of a funny (Game)Bone.