Eve HomeKit Accessories

In September 2014 Elgato introduced Eve Smart Home Sensors supporting Apple’s HomeKit. I am not quite sure what to do with them really, but I am convinced I need stuff like this…

I can’t wait for a connected home. I would even consider renovating on a large scale to make it happen. For more information on the Elgato Eve sensors visit https://www.elgato.com/en/eve

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Source: eve – know your home, October 9 2014 

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Source: eve – know your home, October 9 2014 

WWDC14 – developer software releases

WWDC 2014 - installing Yosemite

developer software releases can only be loaded with ethernet connection at WWDC…

My new boardgames… today: Walking Class Heroes

Take a look at my latest acquisition of boardgames:

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For anyone having girls in the house, I especially recommend Walking Class Heroes with the world’s most famous shoes… pretty scary…. They also have an iOS version of the game. See for yourself:

Further information about the game can be found at bitte-bitte.com. I also want to point out their contact mail adress, hallo-hallo@bitte-bitte.com. Love it.

A must have: iLaunch Thunder Rocket Launcher

I just recently came across the DREAM CHEEKY iLAUNCH THUNDER Rocket Launcher. It loads its battery via USB and can be controlled using bluetooth on any iOS Device with the iLaunch Controller App für iPhone, iPod and iPad. It has the ability to rotate 270° horizontally and around 40° vertically. It comes with 4 soft foam darts and they do have some power.

“Strike fear into the hearts of your fellow cube-dwellers with the iLaunch Thunder. Wirelessly controlled by your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad, the iLaunch Thunder combines the best of Bluetooth technology and extreme innovation with a bit of insanity…

With a 270 degree horizontal rotation, a vertical flexibility of more than 40 degrees and a shooting distance of around 25 feet, the iLaunch Thunder will cover more than 1,400 square feet of your workspace. That definitely gives you more than enough coverage to declare some serious office warfare!”

Source: “iLaunch Thunder” DREAM CHEEKY

 

Controlling the rocket launcher with the app is very easy but not so precise. It is wirelessly controlled via Bluetooth by touch or gyro sensor control. The app comes with nice sounds and the ability to take pictures of your “target”. A nice addition to any future developed rocket launchers might be a camera for aiming.

Apogee Jam – studio quality guitar input for iPad and Garageband

As mentioned earlier, Garageband for iPad is a nice mobile recording studio. That you need to record your guitar with the integrated guitar amps is this: JAM by Apogee

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(Source: “Apogee Jam” apogeedigital.com)

Long time, no groove… Garageband for iPad

After reading several reviews of Apple’s Garage Band for iPad, I couldn’t resist. For just 4,99 $ it seems to be the best 8 track recording studio I’have ever seen. If you are interested I recommend this review by iLounge. At least trying out the drums is something you shouldn’t miss. I especially like the integrated sampler, allowing you to record your own samples. External microphones would be a recommended accessory for this. There is a integrated sample library in addition to you own samples. All samples can be played on the keyboard, utilizing usual features such as pitch, modulation, sustain etc. Also you can create nice arpeggios using the integrated arpeggiator.

I can’t say there is anything missing from this app whatsoever. For just 4,99 $ it seams to be the best music app available on the iPad. In fact, it seems to be one of the best mobile music production setups. I hope professional equipment accessories will introduced in due time. I am thinking breakout cables with nice mic preamps for sophisticated recording capabilities.

 

 

AC-7 Core – virtual DAW controller for the iPad

When using Apple Logic Studio 9, a DAW controller always comes in handy. Any control unit of higher quality easily costs more than $ 1,300 (e.g. the Mackie MCU). Now there is an alternative: the first sophisticated iPad DAW controller app AC-7 Core from Saitara Software.

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(Source: “AC-7 PRO: Sexy, Wirelss, Virtual DAW Control Surface For Your New Apple iPad” homestudioguru.com)

AC-7 Core is a range of wireless DAW control surface apps. The apps run on iPads/iPhones/iPod Touches running iOS4.2 or higher […]

Source: “AC-7 Core Family” Saitara Software

There are 3 versions available. They have different feature sets from reduced functionality to extension modules. In my opinion the AC-7 Core version is the only relevant one, priced at $ 7,99. It seems to come with the full set of features.

To use AC-7 Core, the iPad and the Mac running Logic (the app supports other apps as well) has to be on the same wireless network. Basically that’s it, thanks to Apple’s Core Midi framework in iOS 4.2. To see the app in action, take a look at this review.

Wether this app solves all your problems or not, it is quite a setup for small money. For myself I must admit I still want a Mackie MCU. Still, the AC-7 Core might come in handy in specific situations.

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Hans Zimmer and the Inception iPhone app

A week ago the free Inception iPhone App was introduced. It’s a project by the movie’s director Christopher Nolan, Michael Breidenbrücker and Hollywood’s star composer Hans Zimmer. As an absolute Hans Zimmer fan I tried it out immediately and I must admit, it is intriguing. It uses augmented sound through the iPhone’s headset to change the “dream” your are experiencing which is underlined by music composed by Hans Zimmer.

This app is a dream machine that transforms the world around you into a dreamworld. It uses augmented sound to induce dreams through the headset of your iPhone and iPod Touch. It will change your perception of reality.

Inception The App transports Inception The Movie straight into your life. New dreams can be unlocked in many ways, for example by walking, being in a quiet room, while traveling or when the sun shines. You will get realtime musical experiences, featuring new and exclusive music from the Inception soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer.

Source: “Experience your life as a dream” Inception The App

Hans Zimmer’s music alone is reason enough to get the app, but this augmented sound implementation is a live feedback loop into the actual music experience and is really amazing. Through this feedback you change the music and therefore the dream itself. The app contains 10 different dreams so far. These are:

  • Reverie Dream
  • Still Dream
  • Full Moon Dream
  • Traveling Dream
  • Action Dream
  • Sleep Dream
  • Quiet Dream
  • Sunshine Dream
  • Africa Dream
  • Limbo

To read some reviews about this dreams, look into the Dream Review Site. For more details and some words of Hans Zimmer about the project take a look at this video:

Hans Zimmer talks about Inception The App from RjDj on Vimeo.

Building iAds with Apple’s iAd Producer

Apple has introduced a new software tool for developers: iAd Producer. It enables anyone to create iAd banners without any coding experience. The tool is available to members of the iOS developer program.

iAd Producer makes it easy for you to design and assemble high-impact, interactive content for iAd. iAd Producer automatically manages the HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript behind your iAd to make creating beautiful, motion-rich iAd content as easy as point and click.

For advanced developers, iAd Producer offers sophisticated JavaScript editing and debugging, along with a powerful extension mechanism that enables them to create and re-use their own page templates and components.

Source: “Introducing iAd Producer” Apple

It’s really easy to create simple iAds with this tool. The most parts can be completed with just drag and drop and minimal additional configuration. The tool comes with a nice user interface and a good visual representation of the iAd’s walkthrough.

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You can easily add iPhone apps from the itunes store for purchase in the iAd. All you need to do is insert the application id from the store. iAd Producer inserts the icon, description and screenshots on its own. Of course you can add any other itunes store content but I guess this is a nice way to promote your apps.

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It just takes a few minutes and you can see your iAd live on your iPhone. You need the iOS SDK installed on your machine to preview the app on the iPhone simulator or you can preview the iAd in any web browser since it is based on HTML5.

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Although I really appreciate this tool and everything looks nice, comes with smooth animation and works as advertised, I must admit it looks nothing like a real cool iAd out of the box. I suppose for some supreme quality iAd you still have to do things manually after all. Luckily within in iAd Producer you can.

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This tool really is a great start. I can’t wait to see iAds in action in Germany. According to Apple’s announcement, iAd is coming to Germany in January 2011 with some major brands signed already. If you want to be ready, try out iAd Producer for yourself.

Real time translation with augmented reality

As an augmented reality enthusiast I am intrigued by this new iPhone app called Word Lens by QuestVisual. It instantly translates printed words from one language to another with the built-in camera on the iPhone. The app itself is for free but the actual language pairs have to be bought via in-app purchase. Take a look:

Until now there are only English and Spanish packages available, so it does not come in handy in Germany but more languages seem to be in the making.