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iRing and Record Run Combine Gestures and Music

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Gestures are increasingly being used to control our devices, and now, some gesture-driven devices are using music to make technology that much more of a sensory experience. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Add rings to the growing list of items that can now have a lower-case “i” attached to them.

This is the iRing—out by high-end mobile music device developers at IK Multimedia.

What can the iRing do and what does it have to do with music?

Developers say it creates different patterns of dots that are recognized by your mobile device’s camera, which can then turn the images into midi signals.

What that, then, allows you to do is control certain parts of certain applications with gestures.

The iRing costs $25 and comes with two rings.

At the moment, it works with four apps including iRing Music Maker, iRing FX/Controller, GrooveMaker 2 and DJ Rig—all of which are free downloads with available in app purchases out on iOS devices.

Sticking with the music theme, here’s another one of those runners like Subway Surfer or Temple Run. This one, though—Record Run—is from Harmonix, the same developers responsible for the once must-have party game Rock Band, rival to Guitar Hero.

In Record Run, you swipe up, down, left and right to jump, duck, and dodge obstacles.

Two main things though that make this one different from other runners: first, you have to jump, duck, or dodge on the beat, and second, that music you’re running to is music from your device’s playlist.

The game lets you choose your own music to run to and then the board will be setup to coincide with its rhythm.

There are some things to note here, though. You will have to earn or in-app purchase slots in your playlist for your own songs; plus, those songs must be Digital Rights Management-free.

Record Run is a free app, with in-app purchases, right now for iOS devices, though developers say an Android version is imminent.

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