This weekly roundup takes a look at the practical and sometimes quirky aspects of tech products.DISCO JAM GETS THE PARTY STARTED
At first you might think you are playing with a time travel machine that has taken you back to the flashy days of disco. But then you'll realize that the disco ball lights are part of the Disco Jam Stereo Speaker System. A flashy device that's sure to get your party started, the 600-watt Disco Jam from Pyle Audio can deliver big sound through a two-way PA speaker system via its FM radio or a connected Bluetooth device while its Disco Ball lights up the room with flashing colors. Equipped with a 10-inch sub-woofer and three 5-inch tweeters, the portable system includes a USB port, a display screen, an audio jack and microphone inputs. Although the system has a list price of about $465, it can be purchased online for closer to $220.
The EZ PRO DJ deck starts at $50.(Photo: JAKKS Pacific)PRETEND DJS CAN MIX AND LOOP
Don't have room, not to mention the budget, for a professional DJ setup? With the help of a high-tech toy that's about the size of small skateboard, you can play with your favorite playlists. Designed for kids ages 8 and up, the EZ PRO DJ deck from JAKKS Pacific lets you loop, mix and sample songs stored on your favorite Apple device. Using the device's free app, you can experiment with songs, adding beats and mixing up the tunes on your iPhone, iPad or 5s iphone ipod cases for girls at walmart touch. Just be forewarned that the resulting sounds aren't always easy on the ears. (An app for Android devices will be released in October.) Priced at about $50, the battery-operated deck includes two spinning "turntables,'' an audio jack and sample, loop, crossfade and scratch controls.
The Privates Headphones from Outdoor Tech start at $100.(Photo: Outdoor Tech)TOUCH CONTROLS SET HEADPHONES APART
Why do some modern headphones still look like the big and bulky ones that World War II bomber pilots used to wear? Go figure. But the new touch-control Privates Headphones from Outdoor Tech are comfortably compact - and wireless as well. The cleverly designed headphones sport a touchpad on the right earpiece that lets you adjust the volume with a finger swipe up or down and switch tracks with a finger swipe to either side. Equipped with wireless Bluetooth technology, the headphones can stream audio to your device. When the headphone's battery runs out, you can continue listening via the headphone's 3.5mm audio jack. Plus, a built-in microphone allows you to wirelessly make and receive phone calls. When it's time to pack up, the headphones can be folded up and stashed inside a bag. Priced at $100, the headphones deliver serviceable, albeit not stellar, audio, making them a handy option when convenience is more important than sound quality.
M-Edge's tablet cases start at $80 for the 7-inch tablet case and $100 for the 10-inch tablet case.(Photo: M-Edge)UNIVERSAL CASE KEEPS TABLETS SAFE
Your tablet has a rough life. You stuff it in your backpack. You take it to the park. You drop it. So, your device probably needs all the protection it can get. That's where two tablet cases from M-Edge come into the picture. Designed to fit 7-inch and 10-inch devices, the universal Stealth Pro Keyboard cases feature a removable Bluetooth keyboard and a stand that can position the tablets at different angles. A case that provides protection for 7-inch tablets costs $80 while a case for 10-inch tablets is $100.E-mail new product suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.