mix like a master
EZ Pro DJ mixer, $50 www.jakks.com
For anyone who has dreamed of being a DJ, Jakks Pacific makes it easy, even if you don’t have a turntable or records.
The EZ Pro DJ mixer from Jakks Pacific combines two turntables and a sound board in one gadget that connects to an iOS or Android device. Through a free mobile app, the mixer syncs with the music stored on the device. You can assign a song to each turntable and then use the crossfader to blend them.
Once you get a feel for matching beats (the app can find the beats per minute for each song), you can add studio effects like echo. You can also create loops, add samples and even scratch.
For all its features, the mixer is remarkably easy to use. The app also includes a few sample tunes than can add a high-energy beat to any song in your library.
The speakers don’t produce very good sound, but the mixer can also be connected to external speakers.
The EZ Pro DJ will be available this fall at retailers like Toys ‘R’ Us and Target for $50. To add your own vocal track, Jakks Pacific will have an EZ Pro DJ microphone accessory for $20.
smartPHone case & stun gun
Yellow Jacket, $140 www.yellowjacketcase.com
This $140 smartphone cover conceals a stun gun. Stun guns, of course, have been the subject of some controversy. After reviewing the specifications of the Yellow Jacket with Steve Tuttle, spokesman for Taser International, the leading maker of stun guns, I was convinced that this case wouldn’t pack a huge punch. According to the spec sheet, the stun gun has an output of 650,000 volts at 0.8 milliamps, which the company said should be painful, but not harmful.
Using the stun gun requires some preparation. You have to remove a safety cover from the electrodes, which need to touch skin to be really effective. Next, turn on the switch that arms the stun gun, and then press the illuminated blue button. Clearly this isn’t the defense of choice in a surprise attack.
For now, the large and hefty case is available for only the iPhone 4 and 4S. The company says that cases for the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 are in the works.
NEW YORK TIMES