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Spacial computing, how the iPad will soon understand its environment

For a while it was looking as if 4K video might represent the upper end of high quality image capture throughout 2014. However, Occipital are looking to push way beyond simply capturing the world around us in flat slices of information, with Structure Sensor the iPad will be able to capture environmental depth data upon which the image data from the iPad's camera can be overlaid. The video above explains how this works in practice, and the official website goes into a lot more detail.

At the end of last year Apple purchased PrimeSense, the company responsible for the original Kinect camera for Xbox. Kinect is similar to Structure Sensor, so it seems likely that Apple is working on incorporating this kind of 3D capture technology into at least some if its products. Exciting times ahead, for sure.

iRing brings volumetric motion control to the iPad

Recent rumours suggested that Apple might include some kind of volumetric motion controller with its mythical TV. It turns out that IK Multimedia have beat Apple to it, also securing the iRing name, no less.

While we think that it's only a matter of a year or two before this kind of iPad gesture interaction will be possible without the need to wear any extra hardware. We certainly welcome IK's brave step into the next wave of computer/human interaction. IK clearly has music in mind with iRing, but it certainly recognises how iRig could be used in games and beyond. 

Tune-in Tuesday: End of Year Party - Made on an iPad

We haven't run a Tune-in Tuesday feature for a while, so we hope you like our small sampling below of music made or recorded on an iPad and shared via our iPad Creative SoundCloud group.  

As it is the last day of 2013 today we thought a lot of you will be in party mode, so here are a few dance-ish tracks to get you in the mood, enjoy!

Dark Valley by FFFChico

Fuzzy Logic v.3 by REVIV3Я

Love the wubbly bass in this one!

An Unexpected Moment of Joy by pantsofdeath

We think pants means something slightly different in Australia than it does here in the UK, but great track nonetheless - a real builder to get lost in.

Mur de Huy by Kolstad

We're not sure if this is named after the infamous climb featuring in the pro-cycle race La Flèche Wallonne, but it is a very bright and bouncy tune that we wanted to share anyway.

Apocalypse Ni Hao by JINXPADLOCK

A monster of a track created in NanoStudio, with multiple connected parts and full of joyful beats - we love it.

Bonus: Smile by stereobia

Not necessarily a dance track but we still wanted share this track with great sounding vocals recorded with the internal mic on the iPad. Nice!

There you go, a few tracks to get you started and hopefully in the mood for whatever you are doing later today.

If you liked this selection and want to hear some more of the great music people have created on their iPads or iOS devices check out our other Tune-in Tuesday posts.

Send us your (iPad) tunes

We want to hear what you can create on your iPad and here's how you can get your sounds to us:

  • Join our iPad Creative SoundCloud group then click on the 'Share a Track' button on the group page
  • If you're on a computer, click 'Send us your sounds' in the Social section in the sidebar --->
  • Leave us a link to your track on SoundCloud in the comments below

We're looking forward to hearing you soon.

Video: 'Reignite' Procreate iPad Painting by James Julier

Here's a nice warming iPad painting for those of us in the grip of Winter.  Painted by James Julier in Procreate for iPad, it is an interesting look at the creative process of someone who admits they are still learning how to get the best from this great iPad app.

See more iPad art created in Procreate

50% Off (Almost) Everything From IK Multimedia

If you have been holding off on purchasing that iPad app from IK Multimedia or if you have a new iPad that needs loading up with some of the best audio apps available for iOS, then now is the time to grab a bargain with 50% off everything except their two newest apps.  There is also 50% off in-app purchases!

Video: Building an Orchestra with Music Studio

At the moment we are battening down the hatches here in the UK whilst a massive storm is on it's way in - so we are stuck indoors.  This is a perfect time to get creative with your iPad and try out those projects you've been meaning to have a go at for a long time.

Enter this very impressive video demo from Xewton on how to make a stunning orchestral soundtrack on their Music Studio app for iPad.  There is even a free Lite version you can try out first.

At the moment Music Studio is on sale for 33% off at $9.99 / £6.99 and the in-app instrument packs are also on sale at 50% off, so if you like the Lite version grab the full app now during the holiday period.

'No further' by Nikolai Lockertsen

It's always a pleasure to share Nikko's work.

Further reading: Nikolai Lockertsen

Waterlogue, a strong contender for the best app of 2013

We've been keen to try Waterlogue, the auto watercolour app, ever since it was first announced. The early example images shared by Tinrocket looked almost too good to be true. Surely these images have been 'improved' by hand, we thought. But no, after playing with Waterlogue for a few hours, it's clear that Tinrocket has produced something quite remarkable, organic, living watercolour paintings through clever software only. That's not to say that you don't need an eye for a good composition, or an understanding of watercolour, both help massively.

The interface is simple. Pick your photo, then pick from one of 12 presets and leave the rest to Tinrocket's amazing code. The results can be fine tuned before sharing. It's very simple, but the results are like nothing anything else we have ever seen.

Is this the end of the road for hand painted watercolours? No, not at all. As remarkable as Waterlogue is, the artwork that it produces has a Waterlogue look. We think that Waterlogue is best used as a tool for artists who have yet to explore the wonders of watercolour. As such, Waterlogue is an invaluable aid.

Be sure to check out the official Waterlogue Flickr group for many more wonderful Waterlogue paintings.

App Store Link: Waterlogue

Video: BIAS and GarageBand Play Nicely Together

Positive Grid are doing a good job of sharing tutorials and demos on YouTube of their new BIAS amp modelling app. If you don't know much about BIAS check out our review.

This video shows how to use your carefully crafted BIAS tone with Apple's Inter-App audio feature built in to the marvellous GarageBand. We hope you find it as useful we did.


'Morgan Freeman' by Kyle Lambert

When a painting looks like a photo, you know you are looking at a something special. 285,000 brush strokes and more than 200 hours went into creating this astonishing likeness of Freeman. As a technical demonstration it's unrivalled. However, it's Kyle's inspiration that really appeals.
"One of the big reasons I decided to do this painting was to inspire other budding artists to embrace digital art. A friend of mine who is a school teacher explained to me recently that whenever he plays one of my painting videos in class, his students become noticeably more engaged and excited about creating art. The idea that more people are engaging in art because of something that I have created is amazing to me."
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