[Qi Announce] VJing made so simple anyone can do it

Wolfgang Spraul wolfgang at sharism.cc
Wed Sep 28 11:37:57 EDT 2011

The Qi Hardware project is proud to announce the Milkymist One video synthesizer.

A total power consumption of 5 watts and latency of 60 milliseconds are the highlights of the new high-performance video synthesizer. Without additional computer, Milkymist One takes line-in audio to create real-time music visualizations. Ideal for musicians and DJs, restaurant and bar owners, people organizing parties or interested in visual art. The included camera feeds live video into the synthesis.

Milkymist One is the second product launched by Qi Hardware after the Ben NanoNote in March 2010. While the NanoNote was built around a MIPS-architecture SoC, Milkymist One takes copyleft freedoms one step further by being the first free computing architecture built around the GPL licensed 32-bit Milkymist SoC.

Visual artists benefit by being able to program their patches, including connectivity and control of DMX lights, lasers and MIDI instruments, all directly and in real-time from the Milkymist One synthesizer. Network connectivity allows the inclusion of live Twitter feeds. Free software programmers benefit by having the first fully programmable graphics accelerator at their disposal, opening the world of reusable and portable Verilog to free software developers.

Milkymist SoC is a new generation of collaboratively developed IC designs, founded in 2007 by Sebastien Bourdeauducq. It aims to be an ARM competitor with new sharism business model, allowing for greater development speed and better customization and optimization in embedded products.

Milkymist One is available from Sharism Ltd. now, and sells for 499 USD plus shipping from Taipei.

[1] Milkymist One shop: https://sharism.cc/milkymist/
[2] Media Gallery: https://sharism.cc/media/ 

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