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[CES 2009] Tonium’s PaceMaker – A DJ Machine For Everyone

By David Ponce

Or at least everyone who can afford the steep $550 pricetag. That said, despite the eye popping price, the PaceMaker is a fun little toy. It has a 60GB hard drive, and an intuitive user interface that allows just about anyone to liven up a party by becoming a DJ. Or at least a close enough approximation of one. With the PaceMaker, you can learn to mix tracks in less than a minute (two if you’re a grand-mother).

I got a demo of the device, and I really do think I’d be able to pull this off, despite being 6 years old the last time I touched a vinyl disc. The controls are simple to use and laid out in such a way that mixing becomes accessible.

The product hits the shelves in April. The full press release is after the jump.

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Pacemaker “Cloaking Device” Hopes To Thwart Hackers

By Jonathan Kimak

Months ago I had heard that the modern versions of pacemakers were susceptible to hacker attacks. Modern pacemakers can be modified by doctors using a special remote device that can change the beats per minute of the patient’s heart among other things. This allows patients to undergo fewer operations for adjustments.

The remote nature of the new pacemakers make them possible targets for hackers. At best, the remote attacks would merely steal patient information stored in the pacemaker. At worst it could be tampered with to kill the patient. Millions of people depend on pacemakers to keep their heart beating so the medical community is taking this threat very seriously.

The proposed cloaking device would be an external attachment that the pacemaker owner would wear and would resemble a medic-alert bracelet. The cloaking device would prevent remote access to the pacemaker(and other implanted medical devices). If the person with the pacemaker ever did have trouble the on-site doctor could remove the cloaker and modify the pacemaker as needed.

VIA [ medGadget ]