Luminair for iPad made a brief cameo on the latest episode of the popular American TV show “Modern Family” last night! The character Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) uses Luminair for iPad for some pretty outrageous home control, including lighting, fireplace, and even a dishwasher!?
Watch the full episode, titled “Mistery Date”, over on ABC’s web site.
ARRI, the world’s largest supplier of motion picture equipment, features some quick clips of Luminair for iPad in action in their showreel for the new L-Series lighting fixtures for Film & TV production.
Check it out at the following YouTube link (starts around 1m35s mark):
Apple recently updated the AirPort Express Wi-Fi router. The AirPort Express has always been really popular with Luminair users, due to it’s portability.
Older generations of the AE always required being put into a Bridge mode to properly communicate with an ethernet to DMX interface connected to it’s single ethernet port, so we always provided a nice little setup guide that walked users through this process. The new AE now includes dual-ethernet ports, and it’s easier then ever to setup for use with Luminair and Art-Net/sACN DMX interfaces.
Hot on the heels of the release of Luminair for iPad v2. Version 2.1 is now available on the App Store, with an updated UI for the Retina Display on the new iPad 3rd generation! And as an added bonus, LCompanion has also been updated with support for Enttec’s inexpensive Open USB DMX interface.
Luminair’s icon is part of the new iPad window display at Apple Retail Stores! So far we’ve heard from users who have seen it in San Francisco, Chicago, even Tokyo. Here’s a picture from the Kenwood Towne Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Let us know if you spot Luminair at your local store, or better yet, take a picture and send it!
An interesting fact, which folks who attended the LDI 2009 iPhone apps session learned, is related to the question about how we got Apple to approve an app that they couldn’t easily test. This was a serious concern in the months of development before the App Store opened. To top it off, we were going to submit Luminair to the Apple Design Awards in May of 2008(unfortunately we didn’t win), and of course there would be no easy way for the reviewers to test it.
So the solution at the time, rather than ship off hundreds of dollars worth of gear off to Apple, was to build a small Mac app they could use to receive the Art-Net data and do something flashy on their display.
The perfect solution ended up as a plug-in for Apple’s Quartz Composer, the fabulous live multimedia content creation software that runs on Mac OS X. This plug-in receives one universe of Art-Net data over a local network, and makes it available to other Quartz Composer patches to manipulate an endless array of parameters. The plug-in has been a staple here for the past couple of years, and we’re going to release it starting today as a free download. It’s name is Pixelnode.