Californian start-up Smack Attack has created a gadget designed to alleviate the boredom when you’re stuck in a traffic jam. Its Reinventing The Wheel (RITW) device clips around your steering wheel and adds an eight-pad drum machine to your in-car features.
We’re not sure of its legality in the UK, but the RITW is soon to go up for Kickstarter funding – with Smack Attack founder Gregor “G-Man” Hanuschak previewing the page in advance of its public unveiling on 20 April.
It works by syncing via Bluetooth to an iPhone. A dedicated application will handle the drum sounds – which can be changed through Smack Attack’s own online library, both self- and community-generated – and the end result will be played through the car’s FM radio, thank’s to a wireless adapter.
This way you can tap along to music playing through iTunes, or concoct your own elaborate solos.
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Smack Attack will also offer drum karaoke packs, with tracks available to play along to as they’ve had their drum accompaniment removed.
The Smack Attack RITW will cost $149.99 on its consumer release. The Kickstarter project will allow you to jump in early doors for $99. The device is expected to ship by December.