Its not that we haven’t heard about the iRing at all, it has been rumored a few times, the iRing was claimed to be an accessory that Apple was working on for its full-fledged TV set. While those two products are far from reality right now, IK Multimedia has launched its very own iRing, which is billed as the first motion-tracking controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that’s specifically geared towards music apps and more. Users will be able to control sound effects and other parameters of their favorite apps in real time without having to touch the display of their iOS device at all.
The iRing itself has identifiable markers which are tracked by the device’s front facing camera, tracking movements and position on to a 3D space in front of the iOS device. Its a double sided ring that is worn between two fingers and can be worn while playing musical instruments or handling conventional music controllers. iRing will be incorporated in a number of IK Multimedia apps such as Groovemaker, DJ Rig, AmpliTube, SampleTank and more. The included FX/Controller app is able to convert distance information from the iRing into precise MIDI control information which the users can configure. It also works as a controllable audio effects processor with 16 creative effects. IK Multimedia has also launched an SDK which will allow developers to incorporate the technology into their own apps. Available later this quarter, the iRing will cost $24.99.