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Enhancia’s wireless MIDI ring for musicians is now on Kickstarter

French company Enhancia’s MIDI ring, which The Verge first saw at this year’s NAMM show, has debuted for preorder on Kickstarter. Now called Neova, the ring is an accessory for musicians to wear on the index finger of their right hand. Specific movements tell the ring to trigger effects while performing, like pitch bend and vibrato.

The ring contains a total of nine sensors, and it captures movements made while performing.

These movements are then sent to a hub that’s connected to your computer via USB. It works with every major Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), and every gesture the ring recognizes can be assigned to any parameter you wish. The ring’s sensitivity to the movements is also adjustable.

Enhancia’s video above shows how it works in action, allowing musicians to add expressive effects like high or low pass filters without interrupting the flow of how they’re playing.

While there are other MIDI rings on the market, Enhancia hopes to differentiate itself by focusing on simple hand gestures. The company says it worked with over 50 musicians to choose which movements were most naturally performed while playing a keyboard. Originally, it supported three hand movements — a slight hand wobble, a slow tilt to the side, and a tilt forward.

Now, Neova has two new gestures built in: a rocking hand wave and a roll.

When the ring was demoed earlier this year, there were still some kinks to work out. It was still wired, and the accompanying software was still in development. Even with these hindrances, when I tried the ring out at NAMM, it was easy to see how it could naturally dovetail into a performance with virtually no learning curve.

Neova is now wireless, has a hub that’s also a charger for the ring and sports four assignable preset buttons on the front, and there’s a plug-in with hundreds of preset sounds, called Plume.

Enhancia’s Neova ring is now available on Kickstarter with early bird pricing of £259.95 and an estimated delivery date of March 2019.

Each package will come with the wearable sensor (which Enhancia calls a “stone”), a set of swappable ring bands in varying sizes, the hub, a USB cable, two MIDI to 3.5mm jack cables, and the Plume software.

Uber acquires dockless bike-share startup Jump

Uber bought a bike-share company. The ride-hailing company announced on Monday that it will acquire Jump, the New York City-based e-bike startup that has been working with Uber for two months on a pilot to integrate bike-sharing options into Uber’s app. Apparently that trial went well because now Jump will become a subsidiary of Uber, and the ride-hailing company will take a leap into a brand new industry, with a different set of challenges and pitfalls.

The size of the deal was not disclosed, though, as TechCrunch reported last week, Jump was weighing a £100 million offer from Uber or a new venture investment round.

The competition was fierce, but Uber ultimately won. In a blog post, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the acquisition will help in his mission of “bringing together multiple modes of transportation within the Uber app–so that you can choose the fastest or most affordable way to get where you’re going, whether that’s in an Uber, on a bike, on the subway, or more.” (Side question: is Uber thinking of buying the MTA?)

The deal gives Uber access to Jump’s 12,000 dockless, GPS-enabled bikes in 40 cities across six countries — a vast network in the bike-share world that will certainly become even larger as Uber’s capital will help to scale it even further. It also helps fulfill one of the company’s missions to branch out into new modes of transportation.

Khosrowshahi called Jump’s CEO Ryan Rzepecki “an impressive entrepreneur who has spent the better part of a decade bringing bike-sharing to life across the globe.” For his part, Rzepecki said he was initially wary of Uber’s offer, given the numerous scandals that have roiled the company in the past year.

He writes:

When we first began talking to Uber they were going through an extremely difficult time, with negative headlines each week and a massive change in leadership. We expected to find a toxic work environment and a broken culture. Instead, everyone we met was smart, passionate, and genuinely wanted to help our team succeed.

Through our collaboration we realized that we shared Uber’s vision of multi-modal mobility and had the same goal of decreasing car ownership. Even more importantly, we could see the shift in the company once Dara was named CEO as he began leading with humility and in a way that we felt reflected our values. It soon became clear that with such strong synergies and alignment on mission, JUMP could better accomplish its goals if it were part of Uber.

Formerly known as Social Bicycles, Jump launched its bike-share business in 2010 with the aim to build smart, powerful bikes that could be locked to any rack.

Jump’s bicycles have built-in U-bar locks that allow them to be secured to existing bike racks or the “furniture zone of the sidewalk,” which is where you see things like light poles, benches, and utility poles. Earlier this year the company received exclusive permission from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) to launch its service in Uber’s backyard. Since dockless bikes are pretty new in the US, SFMTA is using the next 18 months to assess the program to see if it works before allowing Jump to offer its services in the long term.

Jump has 250 neon-red electric powered bikes scattered across the city today.

Weeks after Jump’s launch in San Francisco, Uber announced a pilot to integrate the bike-share startup into its app. Uber users who were interested in taking two wheels instead of four could tap the “bike” option in the app, located in the top left corner of the home screen. The app would show them available bikes nearby that can be reserved.

After reaching their destinations, bikes need to be left at a public rack in the designated “bike zone” shown on the app’s map.

Dockless bike-sharing is certainly having a moment. Unlike fixed-dock bike-share services like Motivate’s Ford GoBike in San Francisco, Citi Bike in New York City, and Capital Bikeshare in Washington, DC, station-less services like Jump, Mobike, Ofo, Spin, and LimeBike can be picked up and dropped off anywhere there is space for bike parking. Some, like Jump, also offer pedal assistance powered by an electric motor, which is sure to help when you’re trying to tackle San Francisco’s notorious hills.

That business model is now being used by electric-scooter services like Bird in Los Angeles and San Francisco. New York City is planning to launch a pilot this summer, with 12 companies (Jump included) in the running.

Naturally, all this activity has led some to question whether the market is already oversaturated. Transit enthusiasts are thrilled by the excitement around biking, but these dockless services are already becoming synonymous with clutter and obstructed sidewalks.

Photo essays of sprawling lots of abandoned bikes in China, or bikes hanging from trees or sunk in creeks in Washington, DC or Dallas, are popular online clickbait.

The question is: will Uber’s acquisition bring more scrutiny to this nascent industry? Will an Uber-owned bike-share company lend some legitimacy to an exponentially growing business, or bring more skepticism? And most importantly: will your rating on Uber suffer if you ditch your bike in a bush?

Local officials across the country are bracing for a flood, as bike-sharing startups armed with tens of millions of dollars in venture capital cash plan to blanket most major cities in the coming months.

Uber’s acquisition of Jump will no doubt send the current hype cycle into the stratosphere.

Uber’s interest in Jump is fairly obvious. The addition of a bike option in Uber’s app raises the possibility that other transportation options, like subways and buses, will also be integrated into the ride-hail service’s app down the line. Last February, Khosrowshahi told a Wall Street audience, “I want to run the bus systems for a city.”

With so many travel options these days, there is certainly a demand among consumers for more aggregation.

Navigation apps like Transit, Citymapper, and Google Maps now list ride-hailing options alongside transit and bike routes.

People want to compare prices and make informed decisions, and there is a race among companies to be the first to offer that multimodal service.

Happy Beaks Wild Garden Bird Dry Mealworms Tub Energy & Protein Food Hedgehog Feed by (200g Tub) – Price Deal

Dry Mealworms Tub Wild Bird Food & Hedgehog Feed High Energy & Protein by Happy Beaks Happy Beaks mealworms (Tub) 3 sizes available; Choose between a 200g, 500g, or 1kg bag Entice wild birds; Ideal for attracting a wild variety of birds to your garden Versatile; This bird feed can be used on a feeding table, or on a ground feeder High energy; Meal worms have a high calorie and protein content All year round; Wild bird food perfect for year-round feeding Mealworms are a fantastic treat for both small birds and hedgehogs, being high in calories as well as protein. You can store these dried mealworms as they are, due to the tub taking away the need to transfer them to a different container. As these are already dried, they will last for much longer, too.

There will be no end to the variety of little wild birds attracted to your garden with this tasty bird feed. A real favourite with great tits, wrens and robins, you can make this bird food an even better treat by soaking them in water overnight before adding to your bird table or ground feeder.

There is a choice of three sizes, to make sure that you’ve got the ideal number of mealworms to leave out as a treat for some really happy beaks.

Bird Types: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Robin, Starling, Wren

Suitable Feeder Types: Ground Feeding, Table

Please Note: the 1kg tubs of Dried Mealworms are delivered as 2 x 500g

Key Ingredients: Mealworms Allergy Note: Made in a factory that also handles nuts.

  • Happy Beaks mealworms (Tub) 3 sizes available; Choose between a 200g, 500g, or 1kg bag
  • Entice wild birds; Ideal for attracting a wild variety of birds to your garden
  • Versatile; This bird feed can be used on a feeding table, or on a ground feeder
  • High energy; Meal worms have a high calorie and protein content
  • All year round; Wild bird food perfect for year-round feeding

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