I’ve seen the iPad morph into a lot of things, but the press release for this little trick definitely slackened my jaw: It’s an appcessory that turns the iPad into a miniature foosball table.
Classic Match Foosball is the latest gadget from New Potato, who were one of the very first players in the appcessory market (you might remember their Jackpot Slots slot machine and LiveRider bike computer). The toy combines eight real-world control bars, score counters and a stand with an app that supplies electronic versions of the players, field and ball.
It’s an intriguing idea; the electronic field allows for features like instant replays, and atmospheric crowd sounds. Plus, it’s probably a lot more portable than the foosball table sitting in your garage. But how fun is foosball on a 9.7-inch field? A difficult question to answer, considering half the equation, the free app, hasn’t hit the app store just yet. The hardware, on the other hand, is available right now at the Apple Store for $100.