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March 14, 2005

Hewlett-Packard's DJammer: The Future of Hip-Hop?

The electric guitar of hip-hop? Or maybe after all this hype it'll be the Segway scooter of hip-hop:

Scra-Scra-Scratching Thin Air

Researchers at Hewlett-Packard are developing a DJ track-mixing and scratching device they believe to be as significant to music as was the first electric guitar.

HP's DJammer is a prototype handheld gadget DJs can use to mimic the sound of scratching vinyl simply by moving the device around. So, if the operator makes a scratching motion in the air, arrays of internal motion sensors translate movement into music, and the DJammer "scratches" the music as though the DJ were manipulating a record.

Linked to a digital music library, the device can also mix tracks. It finds the entry and end points for tracks, and can cycle through a song collection. And it is wireless, so a DJ can control the music from anywhere in a room...

...The DJammer was created by HP research and development scientist Mat Hans, who began the project in 2002 with New York's Scratch DJ Academy, a school for DJs...

via competitive intelligence

Posted by jsmooth995 at March 14, 2005 2:09 AM

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