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iPad Pro Teardown: The Biggest Apple Teardown Yet
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2/11/2016  Post a comment
We're tearing down the largest product in Apple's latest lineup - the iPad Pro. How does it stack up against Microsoft's Surface Pro 4?
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.
Design News Seeks Gadget Freaks for Slot Car Race at Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Gadget Freak 
2/5/2016  Post a comment
Gadget freaks at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim next week are in for a special treat: a chance to participate in a slot car competition on the show floor.
CSU Students Win Top Prize in Gadget Freak of the Year Contest
Gadget Freak 
2/1/2016  1 comment
The 2016 Gadget Freak of the Year is the Attack Dyno created by Colorado State University students Marco Martinez, Logan Rutt, Bryce Goertz, and Robert Coloroso.
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.
The Most Popular Slideshows of 2015
Blog 
1/21/2016  2 comments
Crazy gadgets, salaries, hoaxes, and scary true stories made up Design News readers' favorite slideshows of the year.
Hackable Toys Stress an Overworked Santa
Blog 
12/23/2015  6 comments
The 2015 toy season has introduced a slew of connected toys, and with it comes a slew of connected-toy vulnerabilities.
6 Gifts for the Tech-Savvy Woman on the Go
Blog 
12/22/2015  2 comments
The holidays are here, and, if you are anything like me, you have at least one person who is impossible to shop for. What is an eager gift-giver such as myself to do?
Teardown: What's Beneath the Microsoft Surface Pro 4?
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12/19/2015  3 comments
Does the fourth generation Microsoft Surface Pro tablet have what it takes under the hood to replace your desktop or laptop? Let's tear it down and find out!
14 Bizarre Decorations Buck Tradition in the Best Possible Way
Blog 
12/18/2015  2 comments
Just in time for Christmas, we've compiled a list of wacky, but fun, decorations that are sure to satisfy your inner geek.
Gadget Freak Case #275: A French Revolutionary Clock
Gadget Freak 
12/16/2015  6 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.
Pacific Design & Manufacturing Preview: 7 Companies & Products to See in Anaheim
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12/1/2015  Post a comment
Design News previews some of the solutions exhibitors that will be at the huge UBM-organized design, engineering, and manufacturing trade show in Anaheim in February 2016.
10 Black Friday Gadgets for People on the Nice List
Blog 
11/24/2015  8 comments
Check out these gifts that will make you the hero of your Secret Santa party.
Gadget Freak of the Year: Help Us Break a Tie Vote!
Gadget Freak 
11/24/2015  Post a comment
Voting has closed on our 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year contest, but it is not game over yet for two competing projects.
15 Black Friday Gadgets For People on the Naughty List
Blog 
11/20/2015  2 comments
Check out these oddball gifts for the oddballs on your shopping list.
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
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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
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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?
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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
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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!
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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  23 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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Gadget Freak 
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
Gadget Freak 
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
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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?
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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.
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