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Reader Vote: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
9/2/2013  9 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown its first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Gadget Freak Case #246: Random Noise Generator
Gadget Freak 
8/23/2013  20 comments
This inexpensive device offers repeatable noise to mask the sounds of rowdy gamers, crying babies, and gossiping grandmas.
3D Print Yourself
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/22/2013  61 comments
TwinKinds, a German startup, is creating 3D printed statues of its customers.
Gadget Freak Case #245: The Programmable Crock-Pot
Gadget Freak 
8/12/2013  34 comments
Bernard Smith created a timer that offers a delayed start, so that a slow cooker can begin cooking while everyone is out.
Gadget Freak Case #244: Analog Camera Built From 3D Printed & Laser Cut Parts
Gadget Freak 
8/6/2013  23 comments
Marin Davide designed, built, and assembled a working analog camera with laser cut and 3D printed parts. It has a lens, shutter, sonar autofocus, and touch control, which is controlled by a microcontroller.
Gadget Freak Case #243: MR Shock Improves Biking
Gadget Freak 
7/22/2013  33 comments
A trio of Colorado State engineering students created a magnetorheological bicycle shock absorber that can be adjusted using a touchscreen to affect the bike's ride.
Teen Develops Flashlight Powered by Human Hand
Blog 
7/18/2013  16 comments
While other teenagers are out with their friends or playing video games, 15-year-old Ann Makosinski is inventing energy-harvesting devices that she hopes will make the world a better place.
Shorts Recharge Your Cellphone on the Go
Blog 
7/12/2013  29 comments
Vodafone's Power Shorts can harvest energy from a person's movements to recharge a cellphone battery.
Gadget Freak: Summer Lovin
Gadget Freak 
7/4/2013  15 comments
It's July 4, and that means summer has officially kicked into high gear. To celebrate, we've pulled together some of our favorite gadgets inspired by warm weather.
Slideshow: Technological Takeover in Philly
Blog 
6/21/2013  20 comments
The Pennsylvania Convention Center was transformed this week by a series of tradeshows, as hundreds of companies came to show off their latest and greatest advancements.
Gadget Freak Case #242: A Gadget's Call for Assistance
Gadget Freak 
6/18/2013  26 comments
Andrew Morris designed a circuit that could detect a stroke victim's groan and convert the sound into a signal so caregivers would know when help was needed.
Slideshow: Flying Robots Take Action
Blog 
6/12/2013  46 comments
Surveillance, reconnaissance, and search and rescue in military and first responder situations are popular applications for aerial robots. Yet not all the robots are considered unmanned aerial vehicles.
Slideshow: Brilliant Gadgets From the Hands of the Young
Gadget Freak 
5/24/2013  31 comments
We see Gadget Freak projects from all walks of life, but many of our most imaginative gadgets are created by budding engineers.
Video: Doodle3D Prints Designs From 2D Drawings
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/21/2013  6 comments
Doodle3D brings your 2D sketches to life.
Gadget Freak Case #241: Gloved Hand Controls Airplane's Flight
Gadget Freak 
5/17/2013  41 comments
A team of Colorado State University students has created a gadget that guides a remote control airplane through the sensors in a glove.
Video: Get Creative With the World's First 3D Pen
Blog 
5/9/2013  21 comments
Coining itself as the most affordable way to 3D print, the 3Doodler pushes out heated plastic that quickly cools to create different shapes and objects.
Gadget Freak Case #240: MEMS Mics Up Telescope
Gadget Freak 
5/9/2013  19 comments
Jerald Cogswell created a sonic telescope to grab sound and bring it as close to the user as the image.
Gadget Freak Case #239: Bridge Rectifier Eliminates LED Light Flicker
Gadget Freak 
4/29/2013  57 comments
Bernard R. Smith Jr. created a bridge rectifier that eliminates the flicker in LED light strings.
Video: Oxford RobotCar Takes It to Another Level
Blog 
4/26/2013  24 comments
Oxford Mobile Robotics Group created RobotCar, which has a 360-degree scanner, GPS, and LIDAR.
Gadget Freak Case #238: Controller Adjusts Garage Lights
Gadget Freak 
4/17/2013  26 comments
Thomas W. Manning created an automatic switch that uses a solid state relay to adjust the florescent lights in his garage automatically.
Win a Wireless Mesh Networked Propeller Beanie
Guest Blogs 
4/10/2013  16 comments
Synapse Wireless is giving away a CapNet propeller beanie. You can't win if you don't enter.
Gadget Freak Case #237: Dishwasher Indicator Eases Unloading
Gadget Freak 
4/9/2013  40 comments
Jitendra Tailor's gadget uses a proximity sensor and a flashing LED to tell his family members when to load or unload the dishwasher.
Charge Your Mobile Device via Text Message
Blog 
4/9/2013  41 comments
The BuffaloGrid Project aims to provide energy in electricity-poor regions by targeting mobile-phone recharging through the use of portable micro generators.
DESIGN West: Ben Heck's Prototyping Tales of Horror
Blog 
4/9/2013  7 comments
If you are planning on attending DESIGN West, don't miss Ben Heckendorn's session, "What the Heck is That? Prototyping Tales of Horror from Ben Heck."
Slideshow: Smallest Dental Labs Get 3D-Printed Models
Engineering Materials 
4/5/2013  31 comments
A new 3D printer from Stratasys is making digital production of models for crowns, bridges, retainers, and other dental devices affordable for the smallest labs.
Video: Mycestro, a 3D Mouse for the Next Generation
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/4/2013  21 comments
Mycestro is an index finger-mounted mouse for use in confined spaces. A recent Kickstarter success, Mycestro is set to add to the HMI of devices.
Gesture Control Coming to a Television Near You
Electronic News & Comment 
4/3/2013  36 comments
A new technology will enable couch potatoes to change channels, adjust the volume, rewind a movie, browse the Internet, or control myriad other functions with simple physical gestures.
Gadget Freak Case #236: Remotely Controlling the Room Temperature
Gadget Freak 
4/2/2013  11 comments
Richard A. Bipes adapted a portable remote so he could adjust his electric space heater without getting up.
Raspberry Pi-Powered Projector Tells You How Fast Youíre Riding Your Bike
Blog 
3/28/2013  16 comments
The Raspberry Pi-powered speedometer was designed by Matt Richardson for nighttime bike riding.
Gadget Freak Case #235: Ignition Control Unit for Harley Davidson Panhead Engine
Gadget Freak 
3/26/2013  19 comments
Edward Nauman designed an ignition control unit for the Harley Davidson Panhead engine. The unit can be adapted to almost any four-cycle engine with the proper design and fabrication resources.
Slideshow: Robotic Hands Mimic Humans
Blog 
3/22/2013  21 comments
Robot R&D has focused recently on closely emulating the human ability to pick up; manipulate; and move small, delicate objects in unstructured environments outside the factory safety cage.
Smart Basketball Analyzes Shooting, Dribbling
Electronic News & Comment 
3/19/2013  32 comments
InfoMotion Sports Technologies' 94Fifty can measure the arc and backspin on a shot, or the speed and force of a playerís dribbling.
Energy-Harvesting Soccer Ball Gets a Kickstart
Blog 
3/14/2013  20 comments
Uncharted Play Inc. founders have developed a prototype soccer ball that captures the kinetic energy created when it is kicked or thrown.
Gadget Freak Case #234: We Love This Automated Mailbox
Gadget Freak 
3/12/2013  30 comments
Jeremy Willden created small mailboxes for his daughters' Valentine's Day cards. The boxes use a sensor to open automatically when someone walks by.
Gadget Freak Case #233: Inline Clock With Incandescent Display
Gadget Freak 
2/21/2013  22 comments
David Christianson's inline clock has an electromechanical incandescent display based on an array of tiny projectors that share a ground glass rear projection plane.
Have You Designed a Cool Gadget Recently?
Blog 
1/14/2013  11 comments
If you have created an interesting and useful gadget, the editors at Design News want to know about it.
Gadget Freak Case #232: Finding the Right Hydraulic Force
Gadget Freak 
12/20/2012  26 comments
Ed Nauman found using a hydraulic press to straighten a piece of material involved guesswork, so he created a gadget that indicates the actual force applied.
Gadget Freak Case #231: Super Rugged Computer-Controlled Tyco Car
Gadget Freak 
12/7/2012  13 comments
Matthew Katzenstein took an electrical car and added a range of control based on robotics.
Gadget Freak Case #230: The Inexpensive Dimmable LED Desk Lamp
Gadget Freak 
11/30/2012  53 comments
Andrew Morris designed a dimmable LED driver circuit that is simple and energy efficient. He then installed the circuit into a portable fluorescent lamp.
Video: The Incredible Lego 'Great Ball Contraption'
Gadget Freak 
11/5/2012  35 comments
Hey Gadget Freaks -- check out the largest, most intricate Lego machine we've ever seen!
Gadget Freaks That Go Bump in the Night
Gadget Freak 
10/31/2012  10 comments
To get into the spirit, we have pulled together some of our freakishly great Halloween-inspired gadgets.
Gadget Freak Case #228: Super LED Flashlight Hits 3,000 Lumens
Gadget Freak 
10/19/2012  45 comments
John Duffy, a 15-year-old Gadget Freak, has put together a powerful LED flashlight that runs at almost 30W and 3,000 lumens.
Gadget Freak Case #227: Wearable Computer Keeps Tabs on Fido & Kitty
Gadget Freak 
10/5/2012  26 comments
Pete Cross created the PetInspect gadget to record data on how a pet is being treated while it is boarded. The gadget helps you track the pet's environment and if it is getting exercise.
Gadget Freak Case #226: Speed Regulator for Rotary Tool
Gadget Freak 
9/20/2012  41 comments
Andrew Morris' microcontroller-based DC motor speed regulator brings control for delicate work.
Gadget Freak Case #225: Moving the Keyboard Onto Your Fingers
Gadget Freak 
9/14/2012  38 comments
Wayne Rasanen created a device to replace QWERTY that reduces hand movement and ends the days of flying fingers.
Gadget Freak Case #224: Gadget Remembers What You Need to Do
Gadget Freak 
9/7/2012  21 comments
George Tempesta's motion-triggered calendar keeps track of time and dates when a chore or event needs attention.
Gadget Freak: Ear Muff Headphones
Gadget Freak 
8/30/2012  24 comments
Sylvie Barak created a custom pair of earmuff headphones to keep her ears warm while she listens to music.
Gadget Freak: LED Message Board
Gadget Freak 
8/24/2012  20 comments
Rich Quinnell's LED message board traces out a message in mid-air.
Gadget Freak: LED Matrix Helmet
Gadget Freak 
8/17/2012  15 comments
This silver chrome helmet has a full LED matrix display on the front that illuminates words and patterns.
Gadget Freak Case #223: Rocket Records Its Own Flight
Gadget Freak 
8/10/2012  50 comments
Doug Conner strapped a video camera to his PVC-based rocket to record its flight.
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