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Cheerios per Mile

We were over at our friend's house last night and the center of attention was their 2 year old's shiny new PlasmaCar.  Simply sit on the ample seat, put your legs up and turn the steering wheel back and forth. The car easily moves eerily forward and handles amazingly well.

The PlasmaCar seems to violate the laws of physics -  wiggling the wheel makes it go forward? Why? Well, offset drive wheels use their sides to magically pull the car forward. The result is a beatifully simple, clever and inexpensive design. I won't be surprised when I see these popping up at Internet startups everywhere.

But why should the kids have all the fun?  The PlasmaCar supports a rider up to 220 pounds. Unlike most ridable kid toys, it is easy for a 6 foot adult to sit on and control. This toy makes me feel like having another child...


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