At the Code Control Festival in Leicester England this past weekend we gave attendees an advance peek at some of our mobile projects. Sam Tarakajian, our principal mobile developer, showed a new iPad app, the Mira controller for Max, that makes it possible, with as close to zero configuration as possible, to make your patch â€śtouchable.â€ť Mira presents a large set of Max user interface elements on the iPad exactly as they appear in your patch. It also provides access to multitouch and accelerometer data. Weâ€™ll be revealing more of this powerful addition to the Max universe as we prepare it for release in the app store later this spring.
As a possible companion to Mira, I revealed a new â€śhardwareâ€ť project dubbed the MiraBox — in reality, nothing more than an 8 x 10 wooden picture frame stuffed with foam — that helps capture accelerometer and gyro data from the iPad. The software component of the project was prototyped entirely with Mira and Max 6. Like many others weâ€™re interested in extracting higher-level gestures from accelerometer sensors, but in particular, weâ€™re interested in tracking data when you touch your patch.