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News, Technology, Videos | Jun 07, 2016   

DJ QBert Showcases Laptop-less Set at Maker Faire

DJ Qbert doesn’t just hang out at home scratching records all day. Last year his company Thud Rumble debuted a partnership with Intel as part of the computing giant’s Experience Amazing series. They revealed the results of this yearlong effort at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016.

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The idea was to design a functional DJ set-up that did not require the use of a laptop. This bulky piece of gear costs upwards of $1,000, and gives less experienced DJ’s a way to pre-engineer their sets without a lot of effort. They came up with a turntable that has its own computing power by using Intel Edison technology. The microcomputer chip has a dual core/dual threaded 500MHz CPU, a 100 MHz Quark microcontroller, onboard memory, USB ports and wireless connectivity. At the showcase Qbert debuted a portable turntable that is Wi-Fi ready.

Last week a nightclub near Los Angeles called Cure and the Cause made headlines when they announced that they were banning laptops in the DJ booth.

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