Hi all! I just joined the pinside forum today after hearing about a Mini Cabinet setup thread for iPhone/iPad on the Coast 2 Coast podcast Episode 10. I'm very excited about this subject because I finished one for myself in June. Since then I've spent many, many hours of my free time working on these in my garage.
I have completed a few more since I made the original version. The cabinet fits all iPad's (Original, 2, 3, 4 and yet to be released 5). The cabinet was made specifically to run 'The Pinball Arcade' iOS app. If you aren't familiar with it the app has iCade compatibility built into it. The iCade is a bluetooth game controller which can be used to play many games including 'The Pinball Arcade' on iOS over bluetooth.
I started out months ago by modding my iCade Core to include side buttons to play 'The Pinball Arcade'. Here is a link to the instructions to mod one at pinballarcadefans if you're interested:
The Mini-Cabinet utilizes the iCade's circuit board. Button response time is great and I'm very happy with the way they have turned out. Gameplay on 'The Pinball Arcade' app is a lot more fun and feels realistic and natural. They're pretty bulky at over 10lbs without the iPad so they have a really good solid feel to them and there are rubber feet on the bottom so the cabinet "clings" to the table.
The cabinet features a genuine lockdown bar which I have cut down to the smaller width. I've installed them in the original (shiny/chrome) finish, a buffed down/polished finish and painted black (for the modern Stern look). I've also installed the aluminum side-rails in both the buffed down/polished finish and with a black speckled paint finish.
I thought about doing game specific artwork for the translite but I decided to just go with generic artwork instead so it wouldn't be tied to a specific table. I could easily change it though. It's just a matter of printing and cutting a new one.
All of the iCade's buttons are mapped to buttons on the cabinet so you don't need to touch the iPad while playing the game:
Red buttons on the sides are flippers. The black buttons just behind them are nudge. The black buttons in the lower areas of the sides are the 'Specials'.
Also, on the front of the mini-cab are:
round blue: Start
round red: Ball Launch + Menu Down navigation
red mini-button 1: pause/unpause
red mini-button 2/3: left/right diagonal nudge up
red mini-button 4: nudge up
There are two 'Specials': left and right. There are currently only two tables in 'The Pinball Arcade' which utilize them. Black Knight: left/right magna save; Harley Davidson: the pop-up post in the center drain area.
Here are some pictures and a quick gameplay video which I originally posted at pinballarcadefans:
For my original cabinet I cut out a space in the rear of the backbox to slide my Jambox Jawbone bluetooth speaker in. The speaker faces forward. The notch pictured on the left side allows me quickly access the speaker's on/off switch.