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Melt Your Face, Test Your Knowledge, and Take Ultimate Control
Gadget Freak 
4/19/2016  Post a comment
Ever wanted to build your own remote-controlled device? Or your own powerful loudspeaker? Revisit some of our favorite past Gadget Freak projects.
Gadget Freak Case #279: Stack Your TVs With a Homemade Entertainment Center
Gadget Freak 
4/7/2016  Post a comment
Whether you're a designer, gamer, or just like to have a busy desktop, two monitors (or TVs) is always better than one. Gadget Freak shows you how to build an entertainment center that can hold two 70-inch TVs.
Gadget Freak Case #278: How to Hack an Electronic Trade Show Badge
Gadget Freak 
3/29/2016  6 comments
Are you sick of the same boring badges at every trade show? The ESC 2016 Conference in Boston is featuring an electronic one you can use to play games, control robots, meet new friends, or build your own custom hacks.
It's a Gadget Freak Blast From the Past
Gadget Freak 
3/11/2016  Post a comment
Since starting Gadget Freak we've seen a lot of amazing, creative, and sometimes outright weird stuff from our contributors. Here's a look of some of our favorite Gadget Freaks from years gone by
Gadget Freak Case #277: A Self-Playing Guitar
Gadget Freak 
2/10/2016  6 comments
Learning to play guitar can be a long road. But a group of engineering students is going to show you how to make one that plays itself.
Gadget Freak Case #276: See UFOs and Explosives With a DIY Polarimetric Camera
Gadget Freak 
1/29/2016  8 comments
Ever wanted to see light beyond what's detectable by the human eye? You can with DOLPi - a homemade Raspberry Pi-based polarization camera. You can even use it to detect unseen objects like landmines, IEDs, pollutants, and maybe even UFOs.
Gadget Freak Case #275: A French Revolutionary Clock
Gadget Freak 
12/16/2015  7 comments
A Design News contributor takes on the challenge of building an old-fashioned metric clock that uses French Revolutionary time, which divides the day into decimal units, and shows you how to build your own.
Gadget Freak Case #274: An Ugly Electric Christmas Sweater
Gadget Freak 
11/5/2015  Post a comment
The holidays are coming. Celebrate the DIY way by building your own light-up Christmas sweater.
A Stroke of Genius for Smart TVs: Add Voice to Your Remote Control
Blog 
11/4/2015  Post a comment
The process of adding voice control is challenging but has become easier in recent years, thanks to advances in voice recognition technology.
3 Key Struggles of New Product Development And How to Overcome Them
Blog 
11/3/2015  2 comments
You will never eliminate all changes at the end of the development cycle, but if you pay due diligence early on, your downstream delays should be greatly reduced.
Have You Entered In Design News' Golden Mousetrap Awards Yet?
Blog 
10/19/2015  Post a comment
Don't miss your chance to be part of our red-carpet evening in February celebrating exceptional, cutting-edge products in Automation and Control, Design Hardware and Software, Electronics and Test, and Materials and Assembly.
The 20 Worst Inventions of All Time — Part 2
Blog 
10/19/2015  39 comments
From useless to outright ridiculous - here's a collection of the top ten gadgets and inventions that never should have left the drawing board.
This Year's 13 Most Ghoulish Halloween Gadgets
Blog 
10/12/2015  12 comments
Take a look at 13 wild, scary, gadgets for Halloween.
It's Time to Vote for Gadget Freak of the Year!
Blog 
10/2/2015  Post a comment
In our third annual contest, Design News and Allied Electronics are going to crown a winner in early 2016 for the best reader gadget submission this year, and once again, you, the readers, are the judges!
Gadget Freak Case #273: A Better Coffee Mug Warmer
Gadget Freak 
9/16/2015  24 comments
Most store-bought coffee mug warmers utilize resistive heating. But you can build a better, more efficient one that uses inductive heating.
Gadget Freak Case #272: Motion Sensor Light Switch
Gadget Freak 
9/3/2015  10 comments
This homemade laser switch gives you multiple light control options using simple hand gestures.
Gadget Freak Case #271: Portable Weather Station
Gadget Freak 
8/20/2015  12 comments
Portable Electronic Weather Evaluator (PEWE) is a weather station equipped with multiple sensors for gauging temperature, wind speed, barometric pressure, and altitude.
Gadget Freak Case #270: The Attack Dyno
Gadget Freak 
8/6/2015  8 comments
The Attack Dyno brings car enthusiasts an attack timer and dynamometer in a small, portable package with the ability to output vehicle torque, speed, horsepower, 1/4 mile times, 0-60 mph acceleration times, ambient air temperature, and more.
Google Making a Big Play for Medical-Grade Wearable Tech
Blog 
7/6/2015  8 comments
Google has created an experimental wearable aimed at giving medical researchers and physicians access to persistent, and real-time patient data, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Who's Game for a Nintendo 3DS XL Teardown?
Blog 
7/1/2015  Post a comment
Just how far has handheld gaming technology come? Let's take a look inside the Nintendo 3DS XL and find out.
Beats by Dre Teardown: Weak Engineering Meets Strong Marketing
Blog 
6/26/2015  18 comments
A teardown of the popular Beats by Dre headphones reveals some interesting cost-cutting tricks by the manufacturer.
Gadget Freak Case #269: The Leaky Tree
Gadget Freak 
6/26/2015  4 comments
The Leaky Tree is a high-quality device designed to dispense ice and one of four mixed drinks that can be selected by the user.
Video: Eurotech's Mirror Is Smarter Than Your Mirror
Electronics News 
6/23/2015  2 comments
Hilary Tomasson of Eurotech Inc., explains how the company’s network gateway can be applied to a smart mirror that displays personal calendars, weather information, new feeds, or other information.
Moving Tech Into the Background With Connected Clothing
Blog 
6/22/2015  Post a comment
One of the promises of wearable tech is to move the technology into the background. This can be hard to imagine when right now the space is riddled with wearables that look like gadgets strapped to our faces and wrists. But one emerging category of wearables provides a glimmer into this not so distant future, smart clothing.
Next-Gen AR? Watch Microsoft's Remarkable HoloLens Demo
Blog 
6/17/2015  Post a comment
Is Microsoft creating the best version of augmented reality (AR) we've ever seen? A demonstration of the HoloLens headset at the company's press conference at E3 2015 is pointing to yes.
Virtual Reality Industry Is Getting Even More Real
Blog 
6/16/2015  Post a comment
Up until now, most of the VR experiences have been mainly ocular, allowing you to immerse yourself in 360-degree visual perspectives. But if the showroom floor at the Augmented World Expo is an indicator, VR is about to get even more real, bringing your eyes, body, and even your friends into the mix.
Gadget Freak Case #268: The Handy Rival
Gadget Freak 
6/3/2015  3 comments
The Handy Rival is an arcade game that allows an individual to play rock, paper, scissors against a robotic hand.
Does LG's Watch Urbane Fit the Smartwatch Bill?
Blog 
6/2/2015  3 comments
At first glance, LG's Watch Urbane looks like a regular watch; will we be disappointed by what's inside? Let's find out.
The Greatest IoT Nodes of All: Ourselves
Blog 
5/29/2015  2 comments
If we are going to be creating a network that serves us, one of its most critical nodes will need to be ourselves. This is where wearable technology comes into play.
Maker Movement Celebrates 10 Years of DIY
Blog 
5/19/2015  Post a comment
Maker Faire recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with familiar celebrities and top chip companies, its youthful energy and do-it-yourself values intact.
Relive Gadget Freak’s Greatest Hits in Our ‘Volume 3’ E-Book
Blog 
5/15/2015  Post a comment
Eleven years ago one of those rare, brilliant moments emerged from the crack staff of Design News: Let’s put the tinkerers among our audience community to work in designing and building some truly wacky devices. And Gadget Freak was born.
Tesla-Inspired iPhone Case Pulls Energy from Air to Charge Device
Blog 
5/15/2015  5 comments
A startup inspired by Nikola Tesla is about to launch an energy-harvesting smartphone case that can charge your phone on the go.
Dean Kamen’s Bold Words at Design & Manufacturing New England
Blog 
5/7/2015  12 comments
If US industry could be given a grade for how it is cultivating today’s youngsters to become our next generations of engineers, a failing grade would be Dean Kamen’s assessment.
Backpack Is a Wireless, Wearable Charging System
Blog 
5/7/2015  Post a comment
The Flexible Integrated Energy Device (FIED) combines wearable technology and wireless power sources to create a complete power system for personal electronics.
May the Lightsaber Teardown Be With You
Blog 
5/5/2015  4 comments
No, we're not having delusions of grandeur -- this is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. And we're dying to see how it works. Today, we tear down a lightsaber.
UX Design: The Age of Voice Is Here
Guest Blogs 
4/24/2015  17 comments
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Engineer-Backed Competition Envisions Woman on TV as ‘The Next MacGyver’
STEM Connection 
4/20/2015  3 comments
A group of collaborators wants to recast MacGyver or a show similar to it with a female protagonist as part “The Next MacGyver” competition, in order to get young girls interested in STEM fields.
How to Make Your Own Apple Watch, a Retro One That Is
Blog 
4/13/2015  Post a comment
If you think the Apple Watch will turn heads, wait until you build the Apple II version.
Here are 10 Robots You Can Make Yourself
Blog 
4/10/2015  1 comment
From simple mods to more complex builds, here's a list and instructions for some of our favorite DIY robot projects.
15 Robots That Project a Human Vibe
Electronics News 
4/7/2015  2 comments
Increasingly, a new breed of humanoid robots can walk, run, see, hear, and even think. For some people, it’s too close for comfort.
Now Witness the Power of These DIY Star Wars Drones
Blog 
4/1/2015  8 comments
A France-based inventor has built drones modeled after i>Star Wars spacecraft. And he's showing everyone else how to do it, too.
Do You Know How to Engineer, Modify, and Use Emergency Preparedness Systems?
Blog 
3/30/2015  9 comments
If a major catastrophe strikes your area, will you be prepared? Do you know how to modify the tech you've already got or MacGyver what you need to fit your own situation? A free, five-day Continuing Education Center course starting April 6 will show you how.
The Internet Of Bring-Your-Own Things
Blog 
3/27/2015  Post a comment
Devices and interconnected systems are finding a foothold not only in our homes but in mainstream organizations. Here are three tips to mitigate the risk.
Thunder Cloud Lamp Brings the Storm Indoors
Blog 
3/11/2015  24 comments
Designed by Richard Clarkson of Richard Clarkson Studio, a product, lighting, and furniture design studio based in New Zealand and New York, Cloud was inspired by Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in 2012.
8 Views of Hot Manufacturing Tech
Blog 
3/11/2015  1 comment
The range of new technology hitting the scene is nothing short of impressive. These days, everything on the plant floor is touched by advances in connectivity, motion control, safety, security, robotics, and iHMI, and all of the new technology has an eye toward energy efficiency. This ain’t the Boomers’ plant. It's not even the Gen X plant; it’s the Millennial plant.
‘Kano’ DIY Computer to Inspire Girls in Pioneering STEM Program
STEM Connection 
3/10/2015  7 comments
A pioneering STEM education program has a new tool in its arsenal to inspire young women to learn computer science with an innovative build-your-own device for kids called Kano.
15 Curious Things We Spotted at Mobile World Congress
Blog 
3/9/2015  1 comment
As the Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show, the stuff we spotted on the show floor this year tend toward the universal.
What's at the Core of Apple's 'Spring Forward' Event?
Blog 
3/4/2015  2 comments
From wearables to design changes to rumors of a car, Apple has multiple things cooking up in its kitchen. Here are six possibilities from Apple next week, with likely more than one coming to light.
This Student's Batsuit Will Protect You in a Real Fight
Blog 
3/2/2015  3 comments
It's the Batsuit Gotham needs. An industrial design student's Batsuit can protect would-be vigilantes from fists, blunt objects, and knives.
When Will the Smart Home Really Be Smart?
Guest Blogs 
2/27/2015  7 comments
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
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