In the summertime, there’s nothing better than driving fast with the windows down and your favorite jams turned up to 11 so you can sing along at the top of your lungs. Now, that experience is getting an upgrade thanks to Carpool Karaoke, The Mic.
Fans of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segment (and the series) can channel their inner Adele, Celine Dion, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, and Paul McCartney with the mic, which was created by The Singing Machine and is specifically made for use in the car. It connects to your car’s stereo through an empty FM station; once you’ve found a suitable station, you tune the transmitter on the mic to match the radio. (If you’re having trouble finding an empty station, there’s an aux cable to connect to the mic to your car stereo.) All that’s left to do is connect your phone to the mic via Bluetooth, cue up your playlist, and start singing.
You can adjust your volume and add echo effects directly on the mic so you sound just as good as Celine, and it’s equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides six hours of singing time.
Mental Floss got the chance to test out Carpool Karaoke, The Mic for ourselves, and we can confirm it is a blast. Along with a colleague from our sister site 12up.com, we cruised around midtown Manhattan belting out tunes by Fleetwood Mac, Kelly Clarkson, Bruce Springsteen, Carly Rae Jepson, TLC, and Third Eye Blind, and duetted on Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from A Star is Born. The mic was easy to set up and adjust on the fly, and it sounded great. It was an excellent way to spend a lunch break—we had a total blast. And yes, there’s video, but … we’re not brave enough to post it.
Carpool Karaoke, The Mic is awesome, whether you’re out tailgating, on a long road trip with kids and want something to stop the cries of “are we there yet?,” or if you, like James Corden, just need some help getting to work. It retails for $60 and is available for pre-order from The Singing Machine, Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and other online retailers. Pre-orders will ship July 15.
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