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This Smart Steering Wheel Cover Keeps Your Hands at 10 and 2

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked off this week in Las Vegas, and one of the early crowd favorites is a steering wheel cover designed to promote safe driving and prevent accidents caused by texting and other distractions. TJ Evarts and a team of young inventors first developed the SMARTwheel a few years ago and received offers from backers on the television show Shark Tank, but later decided to tackle the project on their own. Now, as CEO of the company, Evarts is demonstrating how the wheel cover uses smart technology to hopefully save lives.

As Evarts explains in the video above, the SMARTwheel uses linear potentiometers and a special algorithm to determine if a driver's hands are placed at the correct positions on the steering wheel (at "ten and two"). When a hand is out of place or removed from the wheel entirely, the green light at the top of the wheel turns red and an alarm is triggered. Targeted toward teen drivers, the wheel cover is also connected to a mobile application that tracks a driver's performance and gives him or her a score that parents can monitor.

SMARTwheel on IndieGoGo

SMARTwheel on IndieGoGo


According to Mashable, SMARTwheel should be available later this year for $199. For updates and to learn more about the product, head to SMARTwheelUSA.com.

[h/t and banner image: Mashable]

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State


Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website HowMuch.net, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

[h/t Digg]

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.

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