The "Magic Instrument" That Teaches You to Play Guitar

For some, learning guitar means taking lessons for months, only to learn a perfect rendition of Oasis's "Wonderwall." Highsnobiety recently shared an Indiegogo campaign for a new product that claims to eliminate the middle man and speed up the process. The Magic Instrument Guitar, which features buttons where strings should be, teaches songs to students with a mobile app.

Users select a song from MI's database (available for 99 cents each or by monthly subscription). As the lyrics appear on the screen, the app also shows the corresponding buttons, located on the fret board, that should be pressed while strumming the strings. In the demo video above, a group of first-time users are shown playing "House of the Rising Sun," just by following along.

The MI Guitar has a built-in speaker as well as a headphone jack for private listening. There are knobs for volume and tone controls, and others that allow the user to change the type of guitar sound and add digital effects.

It is unclear whether or not what users learn from the app and MI Guitar can be translated to a real guitar, but that hasn't stopped the instrument from picking up a few fans. The Indiegogo campaign for the product has already surpassed its $50,000 goal and according to the founders, it's been endorsed by Community actress Yvette Nicole Brown and lead guitarist of the band Muse, Matthew Bellamy.

[h/t Highsnobiety]

Images via Indiegogo

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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, 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]

Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
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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