Motion control continues to enter the tech world and one of the latest inventions is a really brilliant idea. IK Multimedia’s iRing turns your iPad into a musical instrument and allows users to control music using hand gestures alone.
The iRing system consists of two pedestal-like objects, which you place between your fingers on each hand. There are three linear dots on one side and three dots aligned like a triangle on the other. Each side has a various pattern that the iRing Music Maker recognizes. The triangular ring should be worn on your left hand and the linear one on your right. To produce different control results, you are tasked to waving your hand in different directions. The triangle pattern ring must be used to speed up or slow down the beat by moving your hand closer to and further from the iPad camera. With the iRing you can control what type of bass line you will use. You are also given the ability to randomize the loops by rotating your hand 90 degrees. The patterns controls are ranged depending on how close or far you are from the screen.
The iRing requires no batteries, no constant app updates, or any special drivers. They fit between two fingers like some high-tech brass knuckles, so, they fit every size hand. They are very comfortable to wear for a long time, as each ring weighs just 5.67 grams.
The new accessory makes it possible for you to mix loops, trigger beats, and set parameters using the special iRing Music Maker app.
iRing FX/Controller is a free companion app, which provides a simple interface for playing electronic music on the fly. Once the app installed, open it up, register your iRing, and start making music.
The Ring system is available for $24.99 and can be ordered via the IK Multimedia website.