We've all been there, or seen the meme's. "Serato Face" the problem is real having the laptop in between you and the crowd creates a literal divide. On lookers can think your checking your email, they don't know any better. A DJ I visited once, and I use the term DJ loosely was actually checking his email, while playing a pre-mix; though amount of turns my stomach did watching that. Which brings us to QBert and Intel' s project, the mixer with the onboard computer, "The Invader". The idea to return to when you didn't have to worry about a laptop.
This is a Traktor project for now, sorry Serato users. the mixer itself(well at least the prototype) has a screen , cue point buttons, some knobs as well as HDMI out. Now the engineer in me "LOVES" this ,innovation pushing the limits of what we can do, minimizing setup; however the DJ in my has some skepticism and questions. How do I get my music on to it are we downloading to our laptop and transferring to the Invader? Library management , ease of use and visibility of those tiny track titles in the photos all give me a bad feeling on overall usability.
That being said I can't wait to play with one in person when their finished with it , look for the full review here when we can get our grimy paws on one.
All this is based on the article Engadget released link below.