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IK Multimedia Announces iRing – the First Motion Controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Music Apps and More

Sunrise, FL (PRWEB) January 08, 2014

IK Multimedia, a global technology company and leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, today announced a new technological breakthrough in mobile music making and app control: iRing™, the first motion-tracking controller for iOS music apps and more. Now musicians and others can 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 utilizes a wearable ring with identifiable markers, the mobile device's front-facing camera, and advanced computer vision with highly-optimized recognition algorithms built into an app, to determine the precise positioning of the ring markers, tracking their movements and position on the 3-dimensional space in front of the device. This system provides a low-cost solution and a motion-tracking device that is accurate and affordable to anyone.

The iRing controller is a lightweight, double-sided ring that the user wears between two fingers, comfortable enough to be worn while operating musical instruments or other traditional music controllers. Each ring features a linear dot pattern on one side and a triangular pattern on the other. The device camera picks up the positioning of the ring patterns and the apps convert that information into music commands for dedicated app or MIDI information, which any compatible music app can read. This means that a user can now operate up to six controllable music parameters in their preferred music apps with one or two hands gestures.

While there have been previous attempts to use a device camera to track hand positioning, they proved not to be reliable for real-world usage, due to the many variables involved in computer vision recognition and the available processing power of mobile devices. iRing solves these issues providing an accurate method for precision detection of hand position in a wide range of lighting conditions.

iRing includes two identical double-sided ring controllers, plus two complimentary apps for music applications, which target everyone from music lovers to knowledgeable musicians: iRing Music Maker and iRing FX/Controller.

The iRing Music Maker app gives music lovers a new and incredibly fun way to create music and grooves using hand gestures, with no music knowledge required, whatsoever. Users simply launch the app and use the iRing controller to change the beats, control rhythmic elements, synth parts and effects, for hours and hours of quality entertainment. Creating music has never been so much fun!

The included iRing FX/Controller app targets skilled musicians and DJs, and converts the distance information from the rings into precise MIDI control information that can be configured by the user. This MIDI data can then be used by any compatible Core MIDI app running on the device, or even sent to a computer via Wi-Fi. Users can configure the app to control effects, filters, notes, patches and more.

The iRing FX/Controller app also doubles as a controllable audio effects processor with 16 powerful and creative effects including Delay, Stutter, Phazer, Flanger, Compression, Fuzzy, Reverb, AutoWah, Crush, Twist Up & Down, Brake, Spin and Tail. These effects can be creatively controlled by the iRing, and inserted into the device audio path for use with any music app that is Audiobus or Inter-App Audio compatible.

iRing technology will also be incorporated into core IK Multimedia apps such as GrooveMaker®, DJ Rig™, AmpliTube®, SampleTank®, VocaLive™ and more, so DJs, guitarists, vocalists, bass players, producers, keyboardists and engineers will have a new level of control to deliver powerful and unique performances.

For third-party developers that want to incorporate and implement iRing technology directly into their apps, IK is offering a free development kit and licensing program, which make it easy to take advantage of this new breakthrough technology. iRing can also be easily utilized beyond music for a wide variety of applications including gaming, health & fitness, utility and more. Developers can take advantage of the technology and improve the functionality of their apps by contacting IK via the link provided on the iRing product page.

iRing 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.

Pricing & Availability

iRing will cost $ 24.99/€19.99 (excluding taxes), and will be available in Q1 2014 in three colors (white, green and silver) at music and electronics retailers worldwide. Pre-orders are now available on the IK Multimedia online store and selected stores. iRing FX/Controller and iRing Music Maker apps will be available as free downloads from the App Store.

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Acnodes 15-inch Industrial Fanless Touch Panel PC Features IP65 Rated Stainless Steel Front Bezel

Chino, CA (PRWEB) December 05, 2013

Acnodes Corporation launches its new fanless touch panel PC, FPC7615. Powered by an Intel Atom D525 Dual-Core 1.8GHz processor with an ICH8M chipset platform, this fan-less panel includes a 1GB DDR3 memory module and can be upgraded to accommodate up to 4GB’s of memory. It features superior performance for the majority of applications while consumes a small amount of power.

The fan-less design also ensures silent operation, improved reliability and reduced maintenance. Equipped with a 15 inch resistive type touch screen and a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels it is housed in a stainless steel casing that has a full IP65 rated front panel. This will allow the FPC7615 to be used extensively in rugged environments. The panel PC includes all required interfaces for HMI or terminal applications: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet, 4 x USB 2.0, 3 x serial ports, 1 x 2.5” SATA HDD and an optional CF slot for storage capacity.

FPC7615 features extended operating temperature ranges from -4°F to 122°F (-20°C to +50°C) and relative humidity of 10% to 90%, enabling their use in a wide range of applications. To fulfill different application needs and to secure the system from power input change, the system accepts an 11~32V wide range DC power input. There are various operating systems to choose from. Windows CE 6.0, Windows XP Pro and/or Windows 7/XP Embedded. To accommodate different types of mounting and installation, the FPC7615 offers panel mount and is also equipped with standard 75 x 75mm VESA mounting holes.

Please visit Acnodes’ FPC7615 product page for more information.

Full range of Panel PCs from Acnodes can be found at Panel PCs product page.

Acnodes' product line configurations are illustrated on our web site at However, most of the commercial and industrial computers are custom built to customer’s exact requirements. Contact us via e-mail: info(at)acnodes(dot)com or telephone (1-909-597-7588) for more information.

About Acnodes

Acnodes manufactures, designs, and markets industrial computers and display solutions for diverse industries ranging from automation to military. We have an array of technological innovations in the area of rack mount servers, embedded computers, Panel PC’s and rugged monitors that create simpler and more valuable products to the customers. We work closely with our clients to customize computer products to meet their required projects and challenges. Acnodes strives to explore new technologies to better improve life and work.

Company Information:

Name: Acnodes Corporation

Address: 14628 Central Ave.

City: Chino

State: CA

Zip: 91710

Country: US

Phone: 909.597.7588

Fax: 909.597.1939


Emerging Display Technologies Conference to Highlight Touch and Display Applications and Materials

Santa Clara, Calif. (PRWEB) July 16, 2013

DisplaySearch, the worldwide leader in display market research, today announced the agenda for its upcoming Emerging Display Technologies Conference, which is being held on August 6, 2013 at the Hilton San Jose in San Jose, California. Now in its fifth year, the conference will showcase the latest display, touch screen, and related technologies from around the world.

Attendees will receive in-depth market and technology assessments on applications, materials, and manufacturing technologies for touch screens and displays, from NPD DisplaySearch analysts and industry leaders. Industry presenters include Amorphyx, ams, Canatu, CimaNano Tech, CLEARink Displays, Corning, Intel, Kateeva, MacroDisplay, Nanoco Technologies, Nanosys, Neonode, Qualcomm, UICO, and ViviTouch.

Every year, the Emerging Display Technologies Conference attracts industry participants developing and using emerging display and touch technologies to understand the latest trends and network, according to Paul Semenza, Senior Vice President of NPD DisplaySearch. This year, the focus will be on new technologies for touch, such as transparent conductors, the evolution of touch applications, innovative manufacturing, materials, and technologies for displays, and mobile and wearable applications.

The conference agenda will be organized around the following topics:


Yamaha DGX-650 Portable Digital Grand: Classic, Acoustic Touch and Tone with Tech Forward Learning and Playing Features

Buena Park, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2013

Yamaha introduced its new DGX-650, a Portable Grand digital piano that is ideal for piano students and hobbyists of all ages. This entertaining alternative to an acoustic upright piano offers several features that make learning and playing piano more fun than ever, including upgraded piano sound and CD-quality audio recording and playback, as well as the ability to play chords with a single keystroke and interactive software that helps players quickly learn songs of their favorite artists from many genres. It includes a stand and a sustain footswitch, and is available in two attractive finishes: black with rosewood side panels or spotlight white.

The DGX-650 has category-leading touch and tone with PureCF sampling, which integrates the authentic sounds from the critically acclaimed nine-foot Yamaha CFIIIS Grand Piano into this powerful portable keyboard. Yamahas Graded Hammer Standard action provides the natural touch response of a full-size grand piano -- the lower keys are heavier and the higher keys become gradually lighter through the different registers. Extra-large, front-facing speakers provide a full and rich room-filling presence.

The DGX-650 is an ensemble digital piano that is ready to be enjoyed by a wide range of aspiring pianists, from those looking to learn and grow their musical abilities to those who may want the experience of playing with a band, said Dane Madsen, Yamaha Digital Piano Marketing Manager. Players of all abilities will appreciate the comprehensive learning features, great sound and connectivity that make it possible to easily share performances with friends and relatives.

The DGX-650s XG song file compatibility and optional You Are the Artist series songbooks allow players to learn and play along with recordings of their favorite songs made popular by artists like Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Adele, Johnny Cash and more. With this special collection of piano songbooks and play-along recordings, piano music can be experienced in several ways. The piano part of a song can be played on the DGX-650s keyboard while XG song files play all of the backing band parts. Songs can be slowed down to allow players to practice at a comfortable tempo before speeding up when theyre ready. Players can even practice one hand while the DGX-650 plays the other. You Are the Artist series songbooks and XG song files can be purchased at or any authorized Hal Leonard music retailer.

Sharing music is now easier than ever with new USB audio recording capabilities. CD-quality audio recordings of performances can be loaded onto computer and emailed to a friend, posted as a video on YouTube or simply transferred to an iPod.

The DGX-650 has many key features that intuitively assist beginners and novices in expressing themselves musically. Smart Chord mode enables major and minor chords to be played with just one key and is suitable for a variety of genres. For example, when playing a jazz song, players can automatically create complex 7th and 9th chords. When playing pop music, simpler three-note chords can be created. With Smart Chord, these instant four and five-note harmonies are now possible with a single finger.

A stereo 3.5mm AUX line input enables external audio devices to take advantage of the DGX-650 speaker system and offers another way aspiring artists can play along with their favorite songs stored on iPods, CD players or computers.


Kobo Glo and Kobo Mini eReaders Join Kobo Touch in Japan

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) November 01, 2012

Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading with more than 10-million registered users, today announced the entry of two new Kobo eReaders for the Japanese market: the Kobo Glo and the Kobo Mini. The highly-rated Kobo Glo front-lit eReader is now available for pre-order at


After the Revolution in Touch Computing Made Possible by Windows 8, Senior Care Corners New Tips for Selecting Computers for Seniors

Greenville, SC (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

The art of selecting a computer for senior loved ones was redefined going into the 2012 holiday season by Microsofts introduction of Windows 8 and the accompanying announcements of new computing devices utilizing the Windows 8 touchscreen capability. Among the beneficiaries are older adults and the family members seeking to demonstrate how easy it is to gain the benefits of going online and participating in social networking.

Reflecting this major change in product offerings, and both the opportunities and confusion that it may drive just as the shopping season begins, Senior Care Corner has developed new tips for those choosing computing gifts for senior loved ones.

Were thrilled by the opportunity the wide range of touchscreen devices offers to seniors previously unable to use or uncomfortable using computers says Barry Birkett of Senior Care Corner. We want to help family caregivers and other loved ones open new doors for older adults through the web and social networking.

Considerations When Selecting Computing Devices for Seniors

Taking into account these points can improve the likelihood a device purchased for a senior loved one will provide enjoyment and other benefits well after a gift is unwrapped.

Consider how the device will be used.


Its The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Comes to iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Just In Time for Halloween


Loud Crow Interactive, award-winning developer and publisher of interactive digital books, and Peanuts Worldwide are pleased to announce the release of Its The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, the latest in a series of interactive book apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch based on the iconic PEANUTS animated television specials. Its The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is the much anticipated follow-up to Loud Crows acclaimed A Charlie Brown Christmas," which took home a myriad of awards in 2011, including the Best App Ever Awards Best Kids App and Cynopsis Medias Kids !magination Award for Best eBook.

Narrated by Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown, Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown features original voices, animations, and music from the 1966 television special. The app also debuts an entirely new customization feature that allows users to create and personalize their own PEANUTS character. With over a billion avatar and costume combinations to choose from, users can take their unique creations trick-or-treating with the PEANUTS gang.

Users can also carve, paint and share their very own Great Pumpkin, play wartime songs on Schroeders piano, bob for apples with Lucy and Snoopy and make objects spring to life with a tap of the finger or a tilt of the page. Like all Loud Crow apps, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown includes both read to me and read it myself modes and provides educational opportunities by allowing readers to tap on an individual word to hear it read aloud.

Neil Cole, CEO, Iconix Brand Group, stated, We are thrilled to be able to share the magic of Its The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown to this younger, more tech-savvy consumer. We have had great success with our A Charlie Brown Christmas app, and we look forward to continuing to expose the PEANUTS characters to this new fan base."

"It feels like forever since we released the best-selling A Charlie Brown Christmas last year. But I think our fans will agree the wait was well worth it, says Calvin Wang, President and Founder of Loud Crow Interactive. "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is our most ambitious app yet. We've created customization and social features that further immerse you within the story but also allow you to share your own personalized PEANUTS characters with the rest of the world."

Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is available for $ 4.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at

About Peanuts Worldwide and Iconix Brand Group

The PEANUTS characters and related intellectual property are owned by Peanuts Worldwide LLC, a joint venture owned 80% by Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and 20% by members of the Charles M. Schulz family. Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICON) owns, licenses and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands including CANDIES (R), BONGO (R), BADGLEY MISCHKA (R),JOE BOXER (R), RAMPAGE (R), MUDD (R), LONDON FOG (R), MOSSIMO (R), OCEAN PACIFIC(R), DANSKIN (R), ROCA WEAR(R), ZOO YORK (R), CANNON (R), ROYAL VELVET (R), FIELDCREST (R), CHARISMA (R), STARTER (R) WAVERLY (R), and SHARPER IMAGE (R). In addition, Iconix owns an interest in the ARTFUL DODGER (R), ED HARDY (R), ECKO (R), MARC ECKO (R), MATERIAL GIRL(TM), and PEANUTS brands. The Company licenses its brands to a network of leading retailers and manufacturers that touch every major segment of retail distribution from the luxury market to the mass market in both the U.S. and worldwide. Through its in-house business development, merchandising, advertising and public relations departments Iconix manages its brands to drive greater consumer awareness and equity.

About Loud Crow Interactive

Loud Crow Interactive Inc. is an award-winning developer and publisher of interactive digital books. The companys PEANUTS, PopOut! and Boynton Moo Media series of digital books have garnered numerous honors including Parents Choice Gold Awards, Kirkus Reviews Kirkus Stars, Apple iPhone and iPad App of the Week, and Apple iPad Hall of Fame. Loud Crows products have also been featured in the NY Times, Mashable, FOX News, USA Today, The New Yorker, MSNBC, NPR, Kirkus Reviews, and School Library Journal. The teams ongoing mission is to create world-class, highest-quality interactive reading experiences that educate, entertain and inspire. Visit for more details.

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A New Simple Touch Screen HMI Controller for Embedded Systems

Corwen, UK (PRWEB UK) 31 July 2012

The Artila M-9G45A is a credit card size SOM powered by a 400MHz Atmel AT91SAM9G45 ARM Thumb Processor with memory management unit, and equipped with 128MB DDR2 RAM, 128MB NAND Flash, and 2MB DATAFlash. The M-9G45A stands out by acting as a Touch Screen Controller for LCDs up to 1280 x 860 pixels in size making it ideal for HMI applications. This feature allows users to choose a LCD from 3.5 to 12 for their user interface design. The M-9G45A also comes with four UART ports, one 10/100Mbps Ethernet, one USB 2.0 high speed port, GPIO, SPI, I2C and I2S bus, and for their design of RS-232/485 communication, wired and wireless connectivity, audio I/O and digital I/O control.

The M-9G45A is designed with easy to use in mind. Its 2.0 mm pin header (which is a widely used electronic component) and 128 distinct function pins reduce users time in hardware design and software porting. In addition to the tool chain which comes with the Artila CD includes many handy software utilities and device drivers.

The M-9G45A is pre-installed with Linux 2.6.38 OS, a busybox utility collection, lighttpd Web server, and various hardware device drivers. The GTK+ tool kit and qt4 embedded are also included to assist the user to develop a graphic user interface. In addition to Linux OS, the user can install WinCE 6.0 on the M-9G45A which makes it familiar for the Microsoft user. The remote display control utility included in the WinCE 6.0 allows user to control the device from a computer located at a remote site.

M-9G45A Starter Kit

To get the develop up and running with the System on Module, Artila can also supply a Starter Kit which includes a base board with interface comnnectors and a M-9G45A module.

Artila Electronics

Artila Electronics Co., Ltd. is an emerging force in the industrial computer field, dedicated to minimising mass while maximising utility. Unlike other industrial computer providers in the market who mainly use x86 plus Windows solutions, Artila focuses on ARM-core RISC CPU with embedded Linux and WinCE solutions, matched with Artila's 10 plus years of experience in RS-232/422/485 industrial communication and TCP/IP networking. Artila's product range consists of Serial-to-Ethernet embedded modules, ARM9/Linux box computers, and ARM9/Linux SOMs (system-on-modules).

The Debug Store

The Debug Store distributes Artila Electronics' Automation Controllers and System-on-Module controllers in the UK, Ireland and Europe. It specialises in supplying embedded systems development tools and electronic test equipment to electronic engineers in the UK and thoughout Europe and is known as "The Electronic Engineers' Tool Store". The company was founded and is run by John Legg, an experienced embedded hardware and software engineer whose philosophy has always been to introduce innovative solutions to the embedded systems developer and to back them with both pre and post sales advice and support.

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Hot New Kickstarter Project Creates Computer-Enabled Social Video Eyewear — with Sunglasses That Can be Turned on (Darkened) or Off with the Touch of a Button

Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) May 29, 2012

Imagine if your eyewear had a computer inside. What if your sunglasses could let you record and stream video -- seamlessly capturing your experiences as 1st person point of view perspective to share on the social web! Vergence Labs, a new California company is building this very product. Check out their trending kickstarter project by clicking to visit here.

These incredible new computer-enabled glasses are being produced by Vergence Labs under the brand "Epiphany Eyewear" and are currently pre-selling (for a $ 100 discount if you get them now) through pledges on kickstarter. In just a few short days, the team has managed to raise a substantial sum, and is increasing by the minute. Visit Kickstarter, check out the project, and pledge while there's still time to get the $ 100 discount! Time is running out for you to pre-order this new product! See how these new stylish glasses can allow you to record all the most special moments in your life from your point of view perspective with ease.

The eyewear product also have special "magic-glass" (chromatic shifting conductive glass) lenses for an instant on/off electric powered sunglass feature. You can then share the experiences you record across social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. It's a consumer electronics fashion accessory designed with technology to enable cool new social video and new electric sunglasses lens capabilities while being fashion-forward and stylish in the process.

The glasses will ship to customers just in time for the holidays, in December 2012. Pre-order for a $ 100 discount at

Vergence has recently gained lots of momentum - presenting their new eye-wear prototype product at such prestigious venues as:


Techsol Product Announcement: TPC-35 Medallion Touch Panel Computer

Delta, BC (PRWEB) September 26, 2007

After pestering from our customers for years, Techsol is now offering an extremely cost-effective computer with a Color, TFT LCD and Touch panel targeting Human-Machine Interface (HMI) applications. This standard, off-the-shelf, ARM-powered, Industrial-Grade, Single-Board Computer (SBC) features:

QVGA (320x240) 3.5", Color, TFT LCD Panel in Landscape format, with 256,000 colors, adjustable LED Backlight, and Touch panel
To meet changing power requirements, the ARM-920T processor can run at speeds ranging from 12 MHz to 200 or 266 MHz. This processor features 32 kB of cache, 64 MB of Mobile SDRAM for reduced power consumption, and 128 MB (or more) of NAND FLASH, plus a separate NOR FLASH for reliable boot-loader and SW update options
Low-power, passive cooling enables fanless operation
High-quality, 16-bit Audio In & Out (for MP3s, Announcements, etc.)
Low-power, Real-Time Clock (RTC) with Battery Backup included
Memory Card Connector for SD and MMC cards
Full-speed, USB Host port (USB Type A connector)
USB Device (Gadget) port (USB Type B connector)
44-pin header for expansion, including SPI, I

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