IK Multimedia has introduced the iRing – a $25 device that works with your iOS device to work as a motion-tracking controller for music.
iRing utilizes a wearable ring with identifiable markers & your mobile device’s front-facing camera to determine the precise positioning of the ring markers, tracking their movements and position in the 3-dimensional space in front of the device. This system provides a low-cost solution for 3D motion control.
The iRing controller is a lightweight, double-sided ring that the user wears between two fingers. Each ring features a linear dot pattern on one side and a triangular pattern on the other. The device camera picks up the positioning of the ring patterns and the apps convert that information into music commands for dedicated app or MIDI information, which any compatible music app can read. This lets you control up to six music parameters in your preferred music apps with one or two hands gestures.
Here’s a preview of iRing in action:
iRing includes two identical double-sided ring controllers, plus two free apps for music applications, which target everyone from music lovers to knowledgeable musicians: iRing Music Maker and iRing FX/Controller:
- iRing Music Maker gives music lovers a way to create music and grooves using hand gestures.
- iRing FX/Controller app targets skilled musicians and DJs, and converts the distance information from the rings into precise MIDI control information that can be configured by the user.
The iRing FX/Controller app also doubles as a controllable audio effects processor with 16 creative effects, including Delay, Stutter, Phazer, Flanger, Compression, Fuzzy, Reverb, AutoWah, Crush, Twist Up & Down, Brake, Spin and Tail. These effects can be controlled by the iRing, and inserted into the device audio path for use with any music app that is Audiobus or Inter-App Audio compatible.
IK Multimedia plans to incorporate iRing technology into its core apps, including GrooveMaker, DJ Rig, AmpliTube, SampleTank and VocaLive. In addition, IK is offering a free development kit and licensing program, so support can easily be incorporated into other applications.
Pricing and Availability:
iRing will cost US $24.99/19.99 Euro (exc. taxes), and will be available in Q1 2014.