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Friday, May 9, 2014

iRing Motion Controller for iOS Music Apps Launched

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IK Multimedia, an international music technology company, has launched - iRing - what it calls the first motion controller for iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod) music apps.

The iOS motion controller iRing is priced at $24.99/€19.99 (excluding taxes), which translates to approximately Rs. 1,500. It will be available in three colours (White, Green and Grey) and is now shipping from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK Multimedia online store.

The iRing controller was first showcased at CES 2014. The system includes two identical double-sided ring controllers which gives users numerous control combinations and control of up to six effects parameters simultaneously with two hands.

The apps are able to detect the iRing's positions in space using the iOS device's camera. Recognising the dot patterns printed on the rings, the camera picks up the movement and translates it into MIDI information. Users can then interact with music apps by simply moving their hands in front of their device through the precise reading of the ring position, which is converted into music commands or MIDI control messages to operate various app parameters without touching the device.

"iRing is an affordable, wearable technology system that gives users a new level of gestural control over their favourite music apps, in real-time, using hand positioning for unprecedented music expression," said IK Multimedia.

The maker is also offering two apps, iRing Music Maker and iRing FX/Controller, that are available as free downloads from Apple's App Store. The apps are compatible with all iOS devices running 6.1 or higher.

iRing Music Maker app utilises the camera for iRing controller, that by simply waving the hand can change beats, control rhythmic elements, play synth parts, control effects and more.

iRing FX/Controller app is for skilled musicians and DJs to create custom MIDI control setups. The app can transmit MIDI messages to other Virtual MIDI compatible apps running on the device or to external devices. App users can also configure it to control effects, filters, notes, patches and more.

iRing controller can also be utilised for applications including gaming, health & fitness, utilities and more. For third-party app developers, IK Multimedia is offering a free SDK (software development kit) and licensing program. Developers can contact the company via the iRing product page.

Source : ndtv