Do you drive better when there’s someone nagging about your skills behind the wheel? You can now get that backseat commentary even when you’re alone in your car, thanks to Mary On Board.
A fun dash-top gadget, the Mary On Board offers criticism, driving tips and navigational advice in two different languages. The device’s designer, Dan Finkelstein, was inspired by his wife and muse Mary, so she would always be in the car with him, if not in physical form.
The idea came to him one day when he was talking on his cell phone while driving, and his wife was reminding him repeatedly that he needed to move over into the right lane. He developed the idea with help from Utah-based company, Design My Idea.
The Mary On Board will tell you, in English or Spanish, helpful tips and advice such as “Admit it! You’re lost because you wouldn’t ask for directions,” and “Don’t you think you should slow down?” You can buy one on the company’s website for $19.95. For every gadget purchased, $1 will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation.