Another day at CES, another interesting tech product to discuss. IK Multimedia have announced their new iRing, a motion controller device for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. They describe it as an “affordable motion-tracking technology that lets users control app functions and music effects on their iOS devices with simple hand gestures”.

This is a motion tracking controller for iOS music apps and more and will allow musicians and others to control “sound effects and other parameters of their favorite apps, in real time, using hand position, freeing them from needing to touch the screen.”
iRing motion controller

The device is worn in two different configurations on the hand employs a wearable ring with identifiable markings, it also utilises your iOS device’s front-facing camera along with advanced computer vision. This allow the iRing to determine the exact positioning of the ring’s markers and ultimately track the user’s movements. Worn, between the fingers, this double-sided controller is ideal for use when operating musical instruments. The sophisticated software allows for quick conversion of the user’s gestures into commands that are recognised by the Apple iDevice you are using.

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.”

Ring features:
Ring controller, in tandem with either of two included apps featuring advanced motion-tracking technology, allows remote control of iOS app and app parameters using hand gestures
Great for musicians and non-musicians alike
Includes two identical, two-pattern reversible rings, allowing for numerous control combinations and the control up to 6 effect parameters simultaneously with two hands
Rings are unique looking, light, comfortable and provide a universal fit
Included iRing Music Maker app allows novices to make music using hand gestures
Included iRing FX/Controller app lets musicians and DJs create custom MIDI control setups, plus add and control audio effects when used together with other music apps via Inter-App Audio or Audiobus

The iRing will be available from Q1 2014 for €19.99.


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