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This New Digital Instrument Is a Loop Station For Your Lap

You can now harness the power and sounds of 52 instruments with a musical device small enough to fit in your backpack. The Verge recently covered the Kickstarter for Dualo du-Touch S, a 26-button digital instrument that lets you loop sounds together to make an original beat or recreate your favorite songs. Fitted with a battery that lasts for 8 hours, the device is designed to be played on the go, with an audio jack for headphones or portable speakers.

According to the project page, the designers of the Dualo du-Touch S programmed the hexagonal buttons so that notes that form chords are grouped together, which makes it easier to "create harmony without even thinking about it." Dualo has produced several video tutorials for the instrument, and users can also practice by pressing the buttons as they light up in the device's learning mode.

Dualo's YouTube page shows people covering songs like Rihanna's "Work" and Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady," but with so many sounds packed into one small device, owners can reach far beyond the Billboard charts for inspiration. With backers already pledging four times more than the goal, the Dualo du-Touch S is expected to be in the hands of budding musicians by Christmas

[h/t The Verge]

Images via Dualo on Kickstarter

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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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