How to turn your car’s steering wheel into an electronic drum set
Bored with driving? Now there’s “Reinventing the Wheel (RITW),” a steering wheel cover that lets you entertain yourself by playing a drum set along with whatever you’re listening to on your car stereo. And no, this is not a late April Fools’ Day joke.
Made by the Smack Attack Corporation, the $149.99 device fits around an ordinary steering wheel, turning it into an electronic drum set that can play eight different drum sounds and a lot more.
The sounds aren’t limited to drums. You can add any other sounds to its onboard storage, triggering them from whichever one of the its eight sensors you choose. The company offers a variety of sounds you can upload, or you can create your own and upload those. It can record all of your musical masterpieces, and you can even overdub your performances on top of each other.
The sound from the RITW is output via FM radio to your car stereo, where it can be mixed with the music you’re listening to. The sound from the RITW is output via FM radio to your car stereo, where it can be mixed with the music you’re listening to. There’s also a “solo drumming” mode where you can take a big drum solo on your own without benefit of musical accompaniment.
If you have a newer car, you can plug your iPhone into the car’s audio system, and then the RITW communicates with that iOS device via Bluetooth. In addition, that Bluetooth connection lets you wirelessly add drums to any track you have on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The company also offers drum karaoke tracks, consisting of songs with the drum parts removed, and you can upload your own drum karaoke tracks.