Touch Pilot One, arriving at a tablet near you

Touch Pilot‘s new Touch Pilot One control system has today been released on Android tablets, with an Apple iPad version to follow soon.

Allowing the PC pilot to control many aircraft functions over wifi using their tablet device, the application is seen as a standard Windows Human Interface Device (HID) so functions can be allocated as with any joystick, making the application theoretically compatible with any PC simulator rather than just a single platform.

To see the full press release, click “Read more“, below.

Full Press release text:

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Touch Pilot™ Releases Touch Pilot One™ App for Android Tablets. iPad version coming soon.

Touch Pilot One allows virtual pilots to control a flight simulator on a PC, from a tablet. On-screen controls allow the user to adjust throttle, gear, flaps, and more with just a touch. It transmits commands over WiFi, and works with any flight simulator running on a Windows PC.

San Francisco, CA – August 5th, 2012. Touch Pilot has released it’s debut app, Touch Pilot One, for Android tablets. Touch Pilot One allows virtual pilots to control a flight simulator on a PC, from a tablet.

Modern flight simulators are highly complex, just like the aircraft they seek to simulate. There are too many controls for one joystick to cover. Most sims use the PC’s keyboard for the rest of the controls. In the past, users faced the cumbersome task of memorizing dozens of keyboard commands, which are different for each sim. Those days are over with Touch Pilot One. Now, pilots can touch realistic looking aircraft controls on their tablet’s screen instead. The controls are clearly labeled, conveniently illuminated, and a joy to use compared to a clackety old keyboard. Flight sim pilots will be more deeply immersed in the feeling of flying a real aircraft. To see Touch Pilot One in action, watch the demo video on YouTube.

Touch Pilot One works by transmitting commands over WiFi, and emulating a joystick on the PC. The controls are mapped just like a regular joystick, because the simulator sees Touch Pilot One as just another joystick on the system. The app requires a free server component that runs on the PC. It can be downloaded from Touch Pilot’s website: http://touchpilot.net/download.

Touch Pilot co-founder Ben Hirashima remarked “We made this app because it’s something we wished for ourselves. We’re excited to share it with our fellow flight sim enthusiasts!”

Touch Pilot One will be released on Google Play, the Amazon AppStore, and the NOOK Color tablet by Barnes & Noble on August 5th, 2012. Introductory pricing will be in effect, at $4.99 USD. The app will be for sale in all countries supported by these app stores. Android 2.1 or above is required. A version of Touch Pilot One will be available for iPad users shortly; most likely by August 12th, pending Apple’s approval.

Look for new products from Touch Pilot coming out soon. The company is exploring the possibilities for tablet and smartphone interaction with PCs. Imagine playing a racing game by tilting your phone to steer the car!

More information about Touch Pilot, including screenshots, videos, and a press kit, can be found on the official website: http://touchpilot.net. Touch Pilot LLC was founded in 2012 by Ben Hirashima and Will Shepherd in California.

If you would like more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Ben Hirashima, Co-Founder, Touch Pilot LLC
Phone: 415-683-7317
Twitter: @TouchPilot http://twitter.com/TouchPilot
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TouchPilot

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Araucano
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 15:42

Seems similar to Simple Keypad Server (http://www.simplekeypad.com/simplekeypad-fsx), except the latter does not have throttle controls

Brian Hinder
Monday, August 6, 2012 04:40

Back to the future!

Anybody remember PC Dash by Saitek?

Perhaps not as sexy, just as functional even back in 2000 AD
Worked with any sim/game/program and YOU could devise and print templates to use over the touch pad that suited you.