Luxury Electronics: Whenever I throw a party at my home I like to add a unique element that will set my shindig apart from the pack, even having hired a caricature artist at one such soiree. New to my arsenal of merrymaking methods is The Beamz ($199.95) - a true must-have for anyone who likes to entertain with great music and get everyone involved in the fun.
Software and music installation is surprisingly easy, allowing users to get set up and running in just a few minutes. The lightweight, portable W-shaped console connects through a USB port to your PC (with Vista or XP 32-bit operating system), which then serves as The Beamz motion-activated PC-based software controller and sound system. Use The Beamz with a laptop and the unit can be easily transported from space-to-space, either indoors or out. For you Mac lovers, a compatible version is expected to launch in 2010.
Once connected, users can start making music immediately. While The Beamz comes with an array of bundled tunes, users may visit the company's Web site to buy and download additional songs or even record their very own original songs made with The Beamz. Users can actually save their original compositions as a Wave file or Windows Media file and share them with others online or via portable devices that support these file formats. The Beamz is a wonderful gift for all ages and skill levels - from kids and adults interested in learning how to play a musical instrument, to professional musicians, DJs, and music educators, to gamers who love to play Guitar Hero or Rock Band, to amateurs and enthusiasts like myself who love gadgets and like to spice up an event or an evening at home with the kids.
The company offers free online trial software for consumers to test drive the interface before purchasing the product. Those who do buy The Beamz also get 30 original songs on two CDs, five additional free-for-download songs upon site registration, a quick start guide and instructional DVD. In addition, the company's online library offers access to more than 100 songs for purchase across multiple genres - rock, jazz, blues, reggae, country, hip hop, Latin and classical, featuring original tunes, top hits and kid-friendly selections. Here is a sample of some of the pop artist's and kid's songs that are available:
What are you waiting for? Visit www.thebeamz.com to get your groove on!
- Merilee Kern
JustLuxť.com's "The Luxe List" Executive Review Editor
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