CES 2014: Control Apps with Hand Gestures via $25 iRing

The forthcoming iRing from IK Multimedia will let you control two of their music apps via hand gestures. But according to a report on CNET, they're encouraging developers to use this technology in games, health and fitness software, and other mobile apps. The iRing interacts with your FaceTime camera, and controls your device when you move your hand up and down, left and right, or twist it. The goal is to let musicians and Djs use IK Multimedia apps such as GrooveMaker and VocalLive to control music and sound effects without touching their device. 

The device isn't yet available but is expected this quarter. It's available for preorder on the IK Multimedia website. The company also plans to release two free apps that will work with iRing: iRing FX/Controller and iRing Music Maker.

Their video demo gives you a good feel for how the iRing works:




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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.