My Patent Journeys - Jan 2007 aka "Dude, you should get a patent on that!.."
I'm including my patent journeys on this website for a few reasons. One being, hopefully, if anyone is able to create a product similar to Wiijing with altered controls more fit for DJing then it would nice to be included in creating such a device. And perhaps someone who is inspired by my idea, has the money and connections might get me involved in creating such a device.
My patent idea was one of those sounds good until you investigate more deeply moments. Not only would it have been expensive, but it would be difficult to patent since they rely more on patenting the design and technology. I was finding that it would be hard for me to patent the idea.
Patenting the idea seemed the most logical, since then i could essentially try to sell it to a larger corporation for them to manufacture. But I dont have the money to pursue a patent without going broke and it was only a matter of time before someone else came up with the idea, so creating the website became the plan.
Below is a prototype drawing I did to just get a generic idea of what could go on a custom wireless dj control. I added some things that the wiimote didn't have for obvious reasons. How well they would translate to real life is hard to tell. (More information after picture)
On the face of the controller is a LCD screen to indicate timecode, BPM and anything else. Around the outer rim of the controller is LED lights that can be set to flicker or move or even display separte VU Meter display.
There is a small thumb fader that could be assigned to various things, opposite of that a rotary wheel.
There are also twice as many buttons as before.
I would consider this controller an overkill and would probably have the final version more simpler, without as many buttons as there are. Though since i'm not looking to get a patent on this I dont have time to tweak its design or functions.
Below is some things I was writing when I was looking into the patent. I wanted to have something to present to patent lawyer instead of coming in and verbally describing my crazy idea. The first part of it I tried to make it sound like it would in a patent (thank God i'm not a patent lawyer), and the second part is more of a sales sheet that would be presented to a company for licensing. These were not final drafts of the documents since the idea of a patent was cancelled and they were never finished. Also the terms Wiij, Wiijing and DJ Wiij are used as if they are trademarked and as if the final product was to be named that. In reality, the final product wouldn't be named Wiij and the term Wiij isn't a trademark.
The Patent Documents
Two wireless controllers house electronics capbable of sending information to a receiver device hooked up to a computer running a specific software application. This software would enable the user to configure the mapping of the buttons on the wireless controls to computer keys and/or midi signals or specific computer software applications. The wireless controls would have 27 controls (buttons, switch, dial, joystick, wheel, fader) and would house motion sensing technology to add extra controls that involve movement, such as flicking the wrist to execute a command. The controllers will have a vibrate function so that when executed commands are pressed the controller will vibrate in aknowledgement to user. The controller will have an lcd screen that will display information that the user can configure via the pc software application.
The wireless controllers can be used to to control DJ software on a PC. By sending hotkey or midi information to the DJ program, the wireless controllers can control functions such as play, stop, pause, cue, pitch bend, crossfade, volume, gain, loop, load track etc. This in turn makes the wireless controllers into a DJ controller. Allowing the user to have full body movement to do things such as dance, walk, move, raise arms, turn 180, etc all the while controlling the DJ mix. Since the buttons or combinations of buttons to the controller are mapped to the controls on the DJ program this enables the controllers to function as a DJ transport setup wirelessly. Motion sensing technology can be used to enable/disable or alter effects. Also allowing a flick of the wrist to control the play function. This type of controller brings more of a visual perspective of the DJ from the audience since it no longers contains the DJ to lean over a computer or controller to DJ. It brings a freedom of movement to djing. The LCD screen can be configured to display various commands such as audio levels, song titles, time remaining, wavefile visual, length of track, bpm, etc.
In addition to being a primary dj controller, the controller remotes can be customized and programmed to control other computer functions such as but not limited to Winamp, Windows Media Player, Realplayer, Quicktime, ITunes, etc. It could also be customized to contol MIDI functions, acting as a MIDI controller. The LCD screen can be customized to show information such as but not limited to track time, time left, cue, volume, bpm, VU meter, song title, deck name, etc.
The unit would come with a USB/FIREWIRE control box that would interpret/recieve the signal from the wireless controllers and send a signal to the PC computer that would in turn operate the software application. The software application would consist of an interface that would allow the user to configure the buttons to various things. These things include but are not limited to mapping buttons to keys on the keyboard, MIDI signals, and other software applications.
The remote would include a wheel that could be customized to function as different things. These things include volume control, fader control, pitch control, pitch bend, track foreward/reverse, scroll, etc. The remote wheel would move infinitly foreward and backward. Also included on the remote would be a fader. The fader could be customized to control track volume, cross fader control, pitch control, etc. The remote includes a cross pad. The cross pad can be customized to control volume, faders, pitch control, pitch bend, track foreward/reverse, scroll, deck selection, track selection, load track, etc. The remote includes 20 buttons that can be mapped out to various functions. These functions could include but are not limited to play, stop, cue, pause, track foreward/reverse, scroll, deck selection, track selection, load track, loop, loop move, loop adjust, pitch bend, pitch control, sync, bpm tap, key, cue select, loop select, etc . Included would be features in the computer software to allow combinations of button presses to execute commands, thus doubling the amount of controls each remote is capable of. Each unit would house all of these functions.
The remotes would house motion sensing technology capable of reading movement such as flicking the wrist. This movement could be interpreted as x axis movement and y axis movement. The user could customize the motion sensing technology to read any x axis movement or y axis movement at any time or configure the controls so that only the axis are only read when a certain button is pressed. This could also be set up so that when button (a) is held down movement on the x axis or y axis would activate a certain command and if button (b) is held down movement on the x axis and y axis would activate a different command. This would allow a minimum of 20 different x axis or y axis motion senses, more than 20 could be activated with 2 buttons held down.
The remotes would include a LED trim that surrounds the mid body of the controller. This LED trim could be configured to flash, flicker, move, light up, strobe, act as VU meter, make light show, move, blink, etc. The user would be able to customize the colors of the LED trim.
In addition to all of the DJ controls the remotes function as, the software will also allow user customization of all of the controls. Thuse allowing for more functionality to various programs on the PC, including Audio Playback Software, video playback software, electronic music production/playback/performance/recording software.
Another main goal of this product could be geared toward MIDI software interface, mainly recording software. Allowing unit to function as a transport control. A transport control in the case being a main control unit that features the main buttons for recording equipment. Buttons like Play, Record, Stop, Pause, Loop, Rewind, etc. This may allow a recording artist to move away from computer recording setup and retain full control over recording software with remote. User would be able to map out the control functions to the recording softwares controls allowing artist to stay near instrument during a solo recording session. Mapping out the fader control, wheel control and cross pad control to different faders on the software, mapping out buttons to different controls on the software.
Users would also be able to map it out other MIDI capable electronic music programs, hardware and software. This functionality may act as transport as before so that in a studio setting or on stage live the user could control something on the other side of the room/stage.
The remotes would include a vibrate/rumble feature. Where as the user could configure the control to vibrate when a specific button or function is activated. For example, if a button is set to function as a dual function button (a button1 that when pressed with button2 activates a command that is different than pressing button2 by itself) then the dual function button could vibrate to let the user know that they are in that function mode, thus giving warning to the user pressing any commands that might ruin the audio presentation if pressed at the wrong time. The rumble/vibrate feature could also pose as a beat matching feature. Beat matching in this case is the take of 2 or more audio tracks, and playing them at the same time, all the while keeping them in sync so the beat of one song is beating at the same time/speed/moment as the second song and so forth. Beatmatching takes place usually at the end of one song and beginning of another. Disc jockeys use equipment to match the beats up to create the illusion of one song changing into the next seemlessly. A vibrating/buzzing/rumble beatmatch feature would include but not be limited to rumbling each control specifically to the beat of 2 separate tracks (for this example track a and track b, tracks meaning song). The computer software would analyze the timing of the beats according to the song, then inturn would send a signal to the usb/firewire port, then to the remote control wireless reciever box. The box would then send a signal to the remotes to vibrate/buzz/rumble on beat. Each remote would rumble/buzz/vibrate according the track its set to. The user would then be able to feel the beat and adjust the pitch bend accordingly so that each remote is vibrating on beat. The user would then move the crossfade control to seemlessly change from track a to track b and so forth.
POSSIBLE EXTRA USES:
Send midi signals to activate lights
Send midi signals to activate electronic music equipment
Ipod support with extra home unit
Media Center control
Customizable PC Controls
PRESENTATION FOR LICENSING>WHAT IS "Wiij"®
It is the fully customizable, full movement freedom, wireless DJ mixing system/MIDI controller. Allows DJs/Electronic Performing Artists to control all aspects of a mix/song by using 1 or 2 wireless remote controls that communicate wirelessly to a home station connected to a PC. Each remote includes more than 25 controls on it, including buttons, a fader, wheel, and motion sensing. No more leaning over a laptop, no more being attached to a mixing console. The "Wiij"® allows for DJs/Artists to take a step back from all the land controls, move freely and best of all, DANCE with the music they are mixing, the whole time retaining complete control of the mix! Spend more time moving to the music than standing still attached to a table or keyboard/mouse. Think of the new stage presence this creates for computer based music artists/djs.
It is also fully customizable to work with other PC software as well acting as a universal controller for programs that accept MIDI messages, HOTKEY settings or exclusive software partnership.
No longer does the DJ have to be hunched over looking down. "Wiij"® is the future of DJing.
HOW DOES "Wiij"® WORK?
- It gives the user full control wirelessly over DJ/Electronic Musician PC program or MIDI applications.
- It allows for users such as DJs to use it to mix music while allowing freedom to move and dance
- It can serve many purposes due to its highly customizable ability
- It serves as a visual entertainment tool for DJs/Electronic Performers with its LED lights and freedom for the performer to move/dance.
WHAT WILL IT COST TO MANUFACTURE "Wiij"®?
- The cost to manufacture "Wiij"® units could run upwards of 150 to 200 dollars.
- At this point in time there is not a currently manufactured unit but a working prototype made from already existing modified parts.
WHAT IS IN IT FOR (Yamaha®, Roland®, American DJ®, Denon®, Numark®, Boss®, Korg®, Technics®,Stanton®, M-Audio®)
- Customers will buy "Wiij"® from (Yamaha®, Roland®, American DJ®, Denon®, Numark®, Boss®, Korg®, Technics®, M-Audio®) once they have been introduced to it.
- It will generate a "look" factor through word of mouth since it is such a unique way of controlling audio.
- In addition to DJing the "Wiij" ® can control other MIDI devices and computer applications, opening its abilities to an infinite amount of functions.
- It is patent protected, (Yamaha®, Roland®, American DJ®, Denon®, Numark®, Boss®, Korg®, Technics®, M-Audio®) will hold exclusive rigthts to make the "Wiij"®.
WHO BENEFITS FROM "Wiij"®?
- Disc Jockeys
No longer are DJ's stuck to a control unit or laptop on a table. Now they have full control of all the important DJ controls while being able to dance, wave arms and move freely. The DJ no longer has to stand still hunched over controls. DJ's can wave their arms in motion in sync to music, spin around, activate controls by waving their arms, feel vibrations from the controls to let the DJ know about condition of depending factors (such as vibrate to the beat, vibrate when a certain button is pressed, vibrate when song is about to end). The controls are fully customizable for DJs to create their own control schemes. LCD screen lets DJ know certain conditions such as Name Of Track, Time Of Track, Cue, Volume, VU meters. The LED lights that surround the control also function as a light show in the hands of the DJ. Access thousands of songs instantly from your computer hard drive using the remotes. Leave your expensive, heavy and clunky vinyl and CDs at home. Plays all popular digital formats: WAV, AIFF, MP3, AAC**, WMA**, CD audio.
- Electronic Performers
EP's can can customize the controls to activate MIDI controls while being able to dance, wave arms and move freely. EP's can wave their arms in motion in sync to music, spin around, activate controls by waving their arms, feel vibrations from the controls to let the EP know about condition of depending factors (such as vibrate to the beat, vibrate when a certain button is pressed.) LCD screen lets EP know certain conditions such as MIDI information, Time Of Track, Cue, Volume, VU meters, etc. The LED lights that surround the control also function as a light show in the hands of the EP. It could also function as a remote control for stage/studio sessions where the user may be able to control 2 pieces of equipment, one with the remote, the other by being near it.
- Recording Artists /Studios &/OR Video Productions
R.A.'s can configure the remotes to control audio recording software, acting as a wireless transport control. For situations where users may need to be next to an intstrument that isn't close to their recording computer, but want to record a performance. They can route the computer controls to the remotes to use in wireless conditions. It would be customizable to control various programs on PC /MAC such as audio playback programs or video playback programs or audio/video editing programs. It becomes a Wireless Transport control for all situations.
- Bedroom Audiophiles
B.A.'s will want this to configure it to meet their wireless remote to computer needs. It would be customizable to control various programs on PC /MAC such as audio playback programs or video playback programs or audio/video editing programs. It becomes a Wireless Transport control for all situations.
WHAT CAN "Wiij"® SELL FOR?
- By looking at other products that are in the same technological category as "Wiij" it would be a good assumption that "Wiij" could successfully sell for a target price of a pair for $499 to $699. Or a single unit $299 to $499.
WHERE CAN "Wiij" BE SOLD?
- Music businesses such as Guitar Center, and other chains
- DJ Record shops
- electronic stores such as Best Buy, Circuit City, Radio Shack, Comp USA
- online stores
- Pro Audio Stores
HOW WILL "Wiij"® BE PACKAGED?
- The "Wiij"® remote units would be in a small box packaged with the home base unit that attaches to the computer. Each controller and part that is independent of all other parts will be placed in its own clear bag. Packed with instructions and a cd containing imporant computer information for use of the remotes.
TEN REASONS WHY (Yamaha®, Roland®, American DJ®, Denon®, Numark®, Boss®, Korg®, Technics®, M-Audio®) SHOULD LICENSE OUR PRODUCT.
10. This product is needed by DJs/Performers who want to be different from the norm in their mixing/performance technique. It opens up pathways of creativity and stage presence that wasn't once available.
9. "Wiij" is an obvious improvement over clunky, anchored, digital dj control setups. All of the controls that were one a gesture or arms length away are now tucked in to a wireless fingerstroke control.
8. It "looks" like the future of DJing and MIDI control.
7. If all the computer dj control boards are replaced with "Wiij"® the consumer will be sold on its advantages without special education. One purchase of "Wiij"® will convince the consumer that “old fashioned” anchored djing should be relegated to history.
6. There are hundreds of thousands of DJs, Producers, Electronic Performers, Bedroom Djs and producers. The market for an improved wireless dj/transport/MIDI controller is huge and extremely lucrative. Anyone who uses "Wiij" will immediately see the advantages of "Wiij"s® patented wireless control setup.
5. (Yamaha®, Roland®, American DJ®, Denon®, Numark®, Boss®, Korg®, Technics®, M-Audio®) is already a large supplier of pro audio. "Wiij"® will allow (Yamaha®, Roland®, American DJ®, Denon®, Numark®, Boss®, Korg®, Technics®, M-Audio®) to totally dominate the market. Accounts that are not already buying their pro audio from (Yamaha®, Roland®, American DJ®, Denon®, Numark®, Boss®, Korg®, Technics®, M-Audio®) will want to buy from (Yamaha®, Roland®, American DJ®, Denon®, Numark®, Boss®, Korg®, Technics®, M-Audio®) in order to provide their customers with patent protected "Wiij"®.
4. "Wiij"® has been awarded a U.S. patent and has an option to apply for world-wide patent protection. An application for a Canadian patent is already in progress.
3. (Yamaha®, Roland®, American DJ®, Denon®, Numark®, Boss®, Korg®, Technics®, M-Audio®) has a reputation for providing top of the line products. "Wiij"® would enhance the product line by providing a wireless DJ/Midi controller that is far superior to any other on the market.
2. The radical look and functions of the "Wiij" will garner much attention to it as well as the company that is licensing it.
1. (Yamaha®, Roland®, American DJ®, Denon®, Numark®, Boss®, Korg®, Technics®, M-Audio®) will become a pioneer in the field of DJing/MIDI control with this device.