Vectorform’s SurfaceDJ App for iPhone receives “Best” and “Hottest” Awards

Posted by Lindsay Lamb – February 23, 2010

iPhone Apps Plus, ( a website that breaks the traditional barrier of localized search results and compiles app rankings and reviews in all languages from app stores around the world has honored us with TWO awards!

According to their website, “The Best Medal is awarded to applications which are of high quality and in great demand”. This was given to SurfaceDJ. The free version, SurfaceDJ Lite received the title “Hottest”- “awarded to application which are of good quality and are major topic of discussion in a certain period of time.”

What are the deciding factors in granting the award? iPhone Apps Plus tracks the rating and reviews of all the iPhone Apps in all iTunes app stores every hour.
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SurfaceDJ on iPhone

Posted by Vectorform – March 6, 2009

Vectorform’s latest addition to the Apple iPhone App Store, SurfaceDJ, is a fun and simple to use music mixing application featuring over 40 custom loops created by Vectorform’s multi-touch developer and basement musician, DJ Kev. With 5 default songs and over 40 custom loops to choose from, you can create personal mixes that are all your own. Record your mixes and play them back for all your fans. Both novices and experienced musicians alike will find SurfaceDJ to be a fun, easy and unique way to interact with music.

SurfaceDJ is the premiere music experience from Vectorform. Watch for more to come from the leaders in multi-touch solutions.

Download SurfaceDJ from iTunes.

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CES 2009

Posted by Vectorform – January 10, 2009

First off: Wow!

Vectorform has had a blast at CES. Our NBC Universal apps and the managed experience has been a huge hit. The NBC reps handed out 2GB SD disc jump drives in a Surface tagged package that were coded so that as people set down their package, they either received a notice saying “Winner” and received really cool novelties like a toaster powered by USB, or another message to visit the wall of media to download content to their new jumps. People were fanatic about it and NBC ran out of jump drives at the middle of day two. Mobbed! So, today people are slowing down to take the time to interact with the Surface and discover the content, which is really the magic of it.

Now I’m taking a little break here to blog from the NBC blogger lounge, appreciate the gratuity of the NBC folks over the past few days as well as throughout our projects with them and to view the crowds’ continued interest in the Surface. People are really taking the time to engage with NBC’s content, likely spending more time with it then they may have in the past and having a better experience overall. Adding a whole new dimension to what media can do to people by adding the sense of touch to sight, audio and emotional connections. Its just the beginning of something really big in the Multi-touch realm. As we wrap up here, things seem to be a little more quite today. We are continuing to meet some fascinating people and see interesting technologies.

Me? I’m getting geared up for what lays in wait for us at the NRF…not necessarily geared up for the red-eye that I’m catching tonight. More from New York tomorrow!

Happy New Year from Vectorform!

Posted by Vectorform – January 9, 2009

So what is 2009 going to bring? Well if our January antics are the prelude, we’re in for quite a show. Starting off with turning 10 years old, showing off a new brand identity, our first iPhone app, CodeMash in Cleveland, CES in Vegas, NRF in New York and wrapping it up with the 2009 NAIAS in our hometown of Detroit…Whew! It’s a wonder we were able to look out the window and see the snow fall in December, well there’s no snow at our Hyderabad office, but you know what I mean.

Details? Well, I’m going to take a little liberty to sneak outside of the ‘Surface Only’ blog for a moment…

*10 years old: Growing up and in need of a new brand identity. What did we find out? Vectorform has become a place where employees feel comfortable and valued, like a family, and that creates a culture that is innovative and exciting, with people who are passionate about the work that they do and supported to bust out and try new things, meeting employee and client needs alike. Happy Birthday, Vectorform!

*iPhone: Debuting in the iPhone app business with the SurfaceDJ, and it looks like it’s being picked up at a good rate. Definitely more to come in this realm.

*CodeMash in Sandusky, Ohio: Our lead Tech Dev., Joe Engalan will be speaking at 11am on Thursday, Jan 8th about multi-touch developing and demonstrating apps that we’ve been working on.

*CES in Las Vegas: already making a splash with our NBC SurfaceDJ in the NBC booth, you just have to check out Al Roker’s dance moves. Yeah, it’s for entertainment…but just think if each little head were bits of information that were being passed around the world?

*NRF New York, NY: This year Microsoft invited Vectorform to take part in their future of music concept store “Sonic” at the National Retail Federation “The Big Show” in New York at the Javits Center. Adapting one of our retail prototypes to match the music realm, we’ll be featuring not only a Surface app, but also a Windows7 application featured on a TouchTV Networks screen. Yeah, Big Stuff….

*Last, and certainly not least..NAIAS in Detroit, Michigan we’ve been brewing a good one. For what feels like a really, really long time we’ve given up, and missed like crazy, some of our swankiest developers to work onsite at Chrysler on a top secret integrated multi-touch development that will be unveiled at the 2009 NAIAS in Detroit…that’s still all we can say! Be sure to check it out!

For now, that’s what we have going on. In the little moments when we come up for air, we’ll keep blogging with the happenings in the tech world.

Thanks for stopping by!

SurfaceDJ Rocks Channel 9

Posted by Vectorform – November 7, 2008

Markus and Joe rock out the Surface DJ for Adam Kinney at PDC 2008.

Surface beats with Vectorform

James Ryan of Mercedes-Benz Dual Wields SurfaceDJ and Vector Drums

Posted by Vectorform – August 22, 2008

James Ryan, an executive from Mercedes-Benz Financial, stopped by for his third demo of our entertainment apps and ups the ante by simultaneously playing SurfaceDJ and VectorDrums at the same time. Check out the video below to see the rhythmic action…

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SurfaceDJ 1.0

Posted by – August 2, 2008

For all you techno-loving wannabe DJ’s out there, SurfaceDJ 1.0 is the killer app to get your groove on.  I had the idea of creating a Mixer-type application for the Microsoft Surface shortly after creating VectorDrums.  I brought this idea up to Joe who loved the concept.  After some long hours during the day, we opened up a bottle of our favorite drink (gotta love a glass of… coke) and sat down and began prototyping.  Within an hour, we had a simple app that played some sounds when objects were placed in a specific area of the Microsoft Surface.   As fun as that sounds, we needed something more.

As an amateur music producer, I was struggling to figure out a way to incorporate music into this app.  A mixer is great and all, but it isn’t really creative.  It’s just a playlist with cross fades…  meh.   So we had an app that plays sounds and a new innovate device with a completely new interface to computing.  Where could we go with this?  Then it hit me.

I went home and started writing musical loops that would sound well when layered on top of one another.  The idea was to create an application that allowed multiple users to work together to create a song that sounded good without any musical experience.  Heh, yeah it’s not that easy.  I brought in the loops the next day and added them to the app and invited people to mess around and see what they thought.  The response was overwhelming.  I had almost everyone in the office hovered around my Microsoft Surface waiting for their chance to collaborate and develop their own song.  The app was very simple, which allowed anyone to use it, but provided a unique experience that cannot be found anywhere else on any device.

As with the VectorDrums, we invited James Ryan, an executive from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, to check out and play with our new creation.  He immediately began to sequence his own song, starting with a simple kick drum and eventually layering more complex melodies on top of it.  His performance was taped for your viewing pleasure.  Check it out below.

Since the initial prototype, SurfaceDJ has been re-skinned and shown to Microsoft who praised the application and will demo it at their upcoming Surface Release Party.  Who knew that having the ability to touch their music would be so fun?

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