An early look at our mobile development

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 “touchable.” 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. We’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 “hardware” 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 we’re interested in extracting higher-level gestures from accelerometer sensors, but in particular, we’re interested in tracking data when you touch your patch.

An early look at our mobile development

Mar 27, 2013 at 10:46am

arrr great.. cant wait for it!

will it be just a frontend? or also possible to patch on the pad?

#260296
Mar 27, 2013 at 10:50am

Yes.

#260297
Mar 27, 2013 at 10:54am

Very interesting. Will this be applicable to Max For Live patches as well, or just standalone?

#260298
Mar 27, 2013 at 11:30am

What will be the big difference to existing Apps like C74 or TouchOSC? Is Mira just an alternative, but similar approach or does it comprise new GUI elements that were never seen before?

#260299
Mar 27, 2013 at 11:38am

Good ideas, but I have approximately zero interest in buying an iPad. What about Android devices?

#260300
Mar 27, 2013 at 9:59pm

We have approximately zero interest in your choice of tablet OS.

#260301
Mar 28, 2013 at 7:54am

There’s more that one person here with zero interest in the iPad. How about a civil answer about Android?

#260302
Mar 28, 2013 at 11:20am

Hi everyone. Some great questions, and we’re super excited to see that you guys are interested in Mira. For now, we’re not ready to reveal any further information about the product, except that you can expect the first release to be in the next few months. We hope you’ll stay tuned as we finish up and give you more detailed info when we’re ready. Thanks!

#260303
Apr 1, 2013 at 5:00am

Thank you for interestinf news, but can yoy tekk whaen exactly the Mira app will be released, or at least where to check for it. i for sure don;t want to miss it and hope to be among the first to try!

#260304
Apr 3, 2013 at 11:26am

“Good ideas, but I have approximately zero interest in buying an iPad. What about Android devices?” – I know it sucks that there are so few good music apps available for Android, but it’s almost entirely a technical issue with Android devices that caused this state of affairs. The latency on Android devices is comically bad. It’s so bad that there is no point in trying to make an interactive music instrument, which needs an audio frame rate of about 200hz for 44.1khz audio (roughly 5ms latency though this is mostly important to keep jitter down under this threshold, contrast this to a mere 30hz frame rate for video). Then you need to add touch latency/jitter as well. This is why there is such a good selection of music apps on iOS – they haven’t goofed this critical, critical thing. Mobile devices ARE real-time signal processors – and iOS started out its life as an audio player from the first day, they didn’t start out as throughput-oriented servers (which trade latency for throughput) scaled down to fit on a phone.

#260305
Apr 5, 2013 at 3:34am

As on a stage when Max was ported to Windows, it was mentioned, that it should be easier to port Max to Linux than to Windows, I’d wonder if the whole Max application can be ported to Android, which is a Linux derivate. Tablets and smartphones are now available with speeds comparable to lets say an old Powerbook. I had an early version of my monster patch running on those. Thats plenty of possibilities already…
The moment a Linux version of Max is available, I’d happily install Linux on my Macbook Air and let go OS X for ever…
The future is about freedom, Microsoft and Apple will need most likely a decade more to recognize it, (as the still suck out profitably those part of the world which don’t know much about freedom). The moment they will realize it, its too late…;-)
You can even talk out loud as many subversive ideas as you have, the world of “deals and finances” is completely blind in that area…)
As artists we should work hard to change this world…

#260306
May 22, 2013 at 5:38am

Great news,
Spring is coming to is end. Is there a date ?
Best regards

#260307
May 28, 2013 at 10:22pm

Another interested Android user here… is there any chance? thank you.

#260308
Jun 11, 2013 at 2:00pm

Any more info on this project?

#260309
Jun 27, 2013 at 12:33am

Yes, Android please. Mira doesn’t seem to be an audio application so Android’s inherently bad audio latency isn’t a problem at all in this case. Touch wise they perform flawless on today’s top and middle end models so there’s no excuse if you want to earn some money and listen to more of your user base.

#260310

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