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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.

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26 Facts About LEGO Bricks

Since it first added plastic, interlocking bricks to its lineup, the Danish toy company LEGO (from the words Leg Godt for “play well”) has inspired builders of all ages to bring their most imaginative designs to life. Sets have ranged in size from scenes that can be assembled in a few minutes to 5000-piece behemoths depicting famous landmarks. And tinkerers aren’t limited to the sets they find in stores. One of the largest LEGO creations was a life-sized home in the UK that required 3.2 million tiny bricks to construct.

In this episode of the List Show, John Green lays out 26 playful facts about one of the world’s most beloved toy brands. To hear about the LEGO black market, the vault containing every LEGO set ever released, and more, check out the video above then subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up-to-date with the latest flossy content.

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Of Buckeyes and Butternuts: 29 States With Weird Nicknames for Their Residents
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Tracing a word’s origin and evolution can yield fascinating historical insights—and the weird nicknames used in some states to describe their residents are no exception. In the Mental Floss video above, host John Green explains the probable etymologies of 29 monikers that describe inhabitants of certain states across the country.

Some of these nicknames, like “Hoosiers” and “Arkies” (which denote residents of Indiana and Arkansas, respectively) may have slightly offensive connotations, while others—including "Buckeyes," "Jayhawks," "Butternuts," and "Tar Heels"—evoke the military histories of Ohio, Kansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. And a few, like “Muskrats” and “Sourdoughs,” are even inspired by early foods eaten in Delaware and Alaska. ("Goober-grabber" sounds goofier, but it at least refers to peanuts, which are a common crop in Georgia, as well as North Carolina and Arkansas.)

Learn more fascinating facts about states' nicknames for their residents by watching the video above.

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