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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.


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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