LAS VEGAS -- A new device Gadget Grrl found at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is called the "Pacemaker DJ." It is not a medical device. It is a handheld gadget with which you can mix tracks, mash up albums and store them all at the same time.

Next, another new find from the Consumer Electronics Show is this new site, Short Covers (currently in beta mode). It will feature all kinds of pieces, long and short, to read. They intend to have a mobile version of this up as well.

We'll look at the beta later. Now, more about the Pacemaker.

Pacemaker DJ
$874.56 (US)
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Music devices have been a popular trend in consumer electronics. It's a trend that will probably go on, given the success of things like "Rock Star." More and more users don't have the time or desire to become musicians themselves, so hardware and software that allows them to create and/or play music is in high demand.

A new device I found at the Consumer Electronics Show is called the "Pacemaker DJ." While the name might be confusing, it is not a medical device. Manufactured in Sweden, this is actually a handheld DJ device that enables you to mix tracks, mash up albums and store it all at the same time.

The model I saw had a 60GB on board, which could easily hold 15,000 songs. The Pacemaker DJ resembles a flat dumbbell with two separate sides, one for the controls, the other for creating the music tracks. It easily fits in the palm of your hand and the programming is very intuitive. If you've ever wanted to play DJ, this could be for you.

Short Covers Beta Version
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Another new find from the Consumer Electronics Show is this new site, Short Covers (currently in beta mode), which will feature all kinds of pieces to read -- long and short.

They call it the "Kindle Killer" because you'll be using your laptop or mobile device to read. They intend to have a mobile version of this up as well. Consolidating gadgets is a good idea, especially if you can get more use out of the ones you currently own.

The best thing about this site is that once you choose something to read, whether it's an article or a book, the site will suggest other related books, articles or snippets that might be of interest.

The site will contain free content as well as 99-cent downloadable "reads," similar to the current iTunes model.

Site to see: Joongel

This uber search site contains "direct search results from the 10 most viewed Web sites in a specific subject or subcategory. The Joongel application can be used in different platforms, such as search plugins, expert Web sites and the Joongel main Web site."

What I like about this site is that you can see at a glance all the logos of the various Web sites that you are searching through and you can search for images, videos, print, shopping, etc.
Diana Forbes is a Los Angeles-based writer and media personality. Her "Gadget Grrl" reviews appear in various national print and online publications, and she demonstrates consumer products on national and local television shows. Click here to visit her Gadgetgrrl Web site.