From Bluetooth MIDI to Easier, Faster Graphics, New Goodies for Creative Apple Development

Watching new operating systems is always a potent mix of “what new treats will we get?” and “what are they going to break?” Fortunately in this case, it seems Apple is mostly crossing items off users’ and developers’ wish lists on both iOS and OS X, though further details will come in coming developer sessions. Now, those are under NDA, but the wait for public information is unlikely to be long, now that Apple has announced a public beta of OS X Yosemite and an aggressive release schedule for both OS X and iOS 8. We also know a lot …

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A Giant LEGO Construction Makes Music with Maschine, Made by NI’s Devs

LEGOs and rapid, hacked construction have led to the development of hardware sold to musicians; Push and Maschine each saw hacked-together versions as prototypes before the more-polished versions we see today. So, why not use some of those toys and hacks to make something you can actually use, right now? Apparently what happens when you let the Native Instruments development team free to play for a weekend, that’s exactly what happens. LEGO Techno uses computer vision to allow the musician to make sequences with LEGO blocks. It’s not the first time we’ve seen this very idea – seems musicians gazing …

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From IKEA and Audi, Augmented Reality That's Actually Useful [Metaio]

Billy the bookcase says hello. Augmented reality has sometimes seemed like a solution in search of a problem. But two new apps suggest some degree of utility. And as Google struggles to convince people they want Google Glass, smartphones and tablets are proving just fine for occasionally overlaying visual information on an image. At top, IKEA cleverly shows what their furniture will look like in your house. The idea itself isn’t so new – various software solutions have over the years attempted to help you plan home decor. But the visual feedback here, apart from being playful, could actually help …

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From IKEA and Audi, Augmented Reality That’s Actually Useful [Metaio]

Billy the bookcase says hello. Augmented reality has sometimes seemed like a solution in search of a problem. But two new apps suggest some degree of utility. And as Google struggles to convince people they want Google Glass, smartphones and tablets are proving just fine for occasionally overlaying visual information on an image. At top, IKEA cleverly shows what their furniture will look like in your house. The idea itself isn’t so new – various software solutions have over the years attempted to help you plan home decor. But the visual feedback here, apart from being playful, could actually help …

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New Kinect Windows SDK Coming; Microsoft Opens Up Pre-release Developer Access [Timeline]

Whatever is going on in the new Kinect Microsoft unveiled recently, it’s doing more than its predecessor. It appears vastly more precise, smarter about telling people from objects, better at telling people from other people, and more responsive to gestures. And there’s another difference: this time, at last, Microsoft appears to be hitting the ground running. Caught flat-footed by the interest of innovative developers and artists in the original Kinect, Microsoft has only recently managed to get their SDK in a state that could rival efforts by hackers and sensor developer PrimeSense. The official Windows sensor, at least, is now …

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Hands Off: Apple Wants to Pull Orphion Music App Over Touch APIs

Apple’s devices have earned praise from developers for consistently supporting multiple fingers in predictable ways. But to go further with expression, one developer made use of the size of contact area on the screen. Any time a developer goes beyond “public” or official APIs, there’s a chance Apple will eventually balk. We knew this was a risk to the excellent music app Orphion when we covered it, but hoped, in fact, that if the app were successful, Apple might reconsider. Unfortunately, today we learn from developer Bastus Trump that Apple will remove the app. And that means, at the very …

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Apple's Lightning Output Leaps Backward in Quality; Watch it Ruin Thicket

One of these things is not like the others. Images courtesy Josh Ott. Apple’s iOS has at times shown tremendous promise as a portable canvas for art and visual performance for projection. But the “upgrade” to the Lightning port has brought an unfortunate step backward in fidelity – enough of one to make you hang onto an iPad 3 for now, or simply switch back to laptops. And while the image output from the iPad has gotten murkier, at least the reason why is getting clearer. The good news: Lightning itself seems isn’t to blame, and a fix seems both …

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Apple’s Lightning Output Leaps Backward in Quality; Watch it Ruin Thicket

One of these things is not like the others. Images courtesy Josh Ott. Apple’s iOS has at times shown tremendous promise as a portable canvas for art and visual performance for projection. But the “upgrade” to the Lightning port has brought an unfortunate step backward in fidelity – enough of one to make you hang onto an iPad 3 for now, or simply switch back to laptops. And while the image output from the iPad has gotten murkier, at least the reason why is getting clearer. The good news: Lightning itself seems isn’t to blame, and a fix seems both …

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Cubasis: Cubase Goes Mobile on the iPad; Steinberg Answers Our Workflow Questions [Gallery]

I’ll take one DAW, to go? Cubasis isn’t the first traditional-style DAW to appear on the iPad. But it could be the most complete offering yet. I’ll be testing it later this month, but I’m already impressed that the software appears to strike some balance between the traditional working methods of a DAW and the need for streamlined, fat-fingered control on an iPad. Most significantly, it also offers connectivity with other iOS apps and hardware, meaning it could be an ideal mobile sequencer for other apps and gear, and, allows you to integrate with desktop software and Steinberg’s own Cubase. …

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LoopMaker Animated GIFs on iPhone; What's Your Favorite Mobile Video Loop Maker?

This is Loopcam from Loopcam on Vimeo. Having looked earlier this week at the historical saga and artistic development of the animated GIF, here’s one mobile app for iPhone that lets you easily create these on the go. (Some readers will translate that as a “grab a lot of footage for your next VJ set” tool for your pocket.) LOOPC.AM is a free iPhone app, a Berlin-based startup produced by Stockholm-born developer Tor Rauden K√§lligsten. It’s amusing watching the dot-com scene’s take on this sort of thing. To us, the need for animated GIF tools is self-evident. To those whose …

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