The iPad, the future of computing, touchscreen this, touchscreen that, yadda yadda, blahblahblah. BLAH. What about connecting it to a joystick to get an instant mini-arcade machine? That's what Hideyoshi Moriya did, using Arduino circuitry and cardboard. Imagine the possibilities:

Hey Apple, Make The iPad Arcade Possible Already

That was an April Fools' Day joke by Think Geek, but Moriya's hack is very real. I would like to get his idea and make a cabinet like the one above. Actually, that's not what I want. What I want is someone to do it for me. Make a deal with arcade game manufacturers and release such a cabinet with an official MAME emulator—with Galaga, Burgertime and Donkey Kong ROMs, please.

Apple's iOS already supports peripherals—and jailbroken iPads can use Bluetooth controllers—so it's perfectly doable. It only needs the OK from Apple, and the iPad will become the most complete game machine to go. [TUAW]