IK Multimedia Launches the iRing Motion Controller for iPhone, iPad

Posted by at 9:05 am on May 8, 2014

iRing

You love the idea of a theremin or just want to simply create music by moving your hands? Well the fine kids over at IK Multimedia have a device for you!

Now IK Multimedia has announced way to wave your hands to create music with your iPad – the iRing motion controller. (You are not even required to make music which sounds like it came out of 50’s sci-fi flicks.)

The iRing consists of two double-sided “rings” that are placed between two fingers on each hand. One has three black dots on it that are placed in a triangular pattern, while the other has three dots in a row. Your iOS device picks up the 3D position of your hands by recognizing and tracking those dot patterns, then translates the position into MIDI information.

IK Multimedia provides iRing Music Maker and iRing FX/Controller to musicians for free. The former app uses loops that can be remixed by waving your hands in front of your iPhone or iPad, changing beats, controlling rhythmic elements, playing synth parts, or controlling effects. iRing FX/Controller is billed as a real-time audio effects processor and MIDI controller for skilled musicians.

IK is also offering developers a free SDK and licensing program to take advantage of the iRing in their own music apps. I won’t be shocked to see the iRing used in games and other non-music apps.

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