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http://new.uk.music.yahoo.com/blogs/behind_the_music/16136/is-this-the-future-of-dj-ing/

Whilst once the DJ could be seen towering over a pair of steel turntables, holding his vinyl aloft or even spinning it above his head, in more recent years it's become a much less visual art.

As disc jockeys have moved from vinyl to CDs and laptops they've been reduced to fiddling with knobs and hiding behind computer screens, but that could be set to change with some incredible new ‘Minority Report' style technology.

In the video below Chilean software designer Pablo Martin demonstrates an incredible multi-touch screen that he uses to drive popular DJ software Traktor.

The prototype device, called Töken, works with a sheet of glass and a rear-mounted projector. When the glass is touched the input is detected and fed back to the computer.

It's not yet known when Töken might be available to the general public although the software, which can also be used to manipulate Windows-based touch screen devices, is readily available from Pablo Martin's website.

August 14, 2010 | Registered CommenterI M S

that looks pretty awesome. I don't know a single DJ that wouldn't want that kind of set up. But, I doubt too many clubs would go for it - only the real high flyers that could afford it (I'm guessing that it doesn't come cheap)....

August 14, 2010 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois

That looks pretty fly but i want to see one that is just a projection of light in the air that can be manipulated, actually i need to lie down

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDJC

I'm still trying to figure out how people are doing it now though - I'm sure in places I'm not seeing DJs use vinyl or even CDs, so I'm not actually sure how you mix or blend songs live using a laptop?

August 23, 2010 | Registered CommenterI M S

Ableton

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMing