iPod and Ensemble

One of the most common questions at the moment seems to be ‘do you have any iPod/iPad app to work with Ensemble?’. Well the answer is currently no, although we do have plans to develop a native app in the future. If you have any ideas about what you would like an app to do, then let us know.

In the meantime, how can you use these devices with Ensemble? The answer is via our Gamepad plugin and an app called ‘MobiMotion’. This app turns the iPod or iPad screen into a gamepad controller. A companion piece of software on the PC connects via WiFi to your Apple device and presents the information to your PC as if it was a joystick. Finally our Gamepad plugin lets you access this in Ensemble and link the various controllers to sounds, lights and images.

MobiMotion screenshot

The default screen presents 16 switches, a joystick, hat controller and accelerometer data. The latter means that you can twist and tilt your device to change the output.

One of the best features is that you can create your own layouts, including making the variable elements larger or smaller. In other words you can create a bespoke interface for each user.

I’d highly recommend this app as a way to really integrate your iPad or iPod into your Ensemble system. Best of all it’s only 69p!

App: MobiMotion on the iTunes AppStore
Windows drivers: You need this application installed and running on your PC for this to work
Ensemble Blocks: Switch and Variable blocks to import into Ensemble Designer.