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Gadget Freak Case #264: Drink Delivery Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum
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10/17/2014  3 comments
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Get Your Gadget Freak On
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10/16/2014  1 comment
Design News and Allied Electronics have raised the stakes for our second-annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000. Don't delay, enter today!
Gadget Freak Case #263: Midi Key-tar
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9/18/2014  12 comments
Adam Berger hacked a computer keyboard into a mini key-tar to play with his band.
Gadget Freak Case #262: Boat Lift Controller With Remote
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9/12/2014  18 comments
Dick Bipes couldn't find a boat lift remote with the specs he wanted, so he created his own for automatic operation.
Gadget Freak Review: Bluetooth Padlock; System Tracks Sleep Behavior
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8/21/2014  22 comments
This Gadget Freak Review looks at a keyless Bluetooth padlock that works with your smartphone, along with a system that tracks your sleep behavior and wakes you at the perfect time in your sleep cycle to avoid morning grogginess.
Gadget Freak Case #261: Dr. Seuss Themed Target Game
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8/15/2014  20 comments
Colorado State University students have created “One Shot Two Shot, Red Shot Blue Shot” -- a Dr. Seuss themed target game where the objective is to get the most points with six shots from the gun.
Gadget Freak Case #260: Arduino Solar Charge Controller
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8/8/2014  19 comments
This solar charge controller, which is placed between a solar panel and a battery, regulates the voltage and current coming from your solar panel. It is used to maintain proper charging voltage on the batteries.
Gadget Freak Review: The Coolest Cooler; Rotating Wireless Charger
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7/24/2014  21 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
Share Your Invention & Win Big Money
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7/22/2014  2 comments
There is still time to get in your gadgets for the Design News and Allied Electronics second annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000.
Gadget Freak Case #259: Gag Bomb Countdown Timer
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7/18/2014  42 comments
This Hollywood movie-style gag bomb doubles as an alarm clock and a countdown timer.
Gadget Freak Case #258: Memory Wire Muscles Actuate Biped
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7/11/2014  4 comments
Marin Davide created a prototype of a moving biped using a shape memory alloy that works like a real muscle to move a cardboard leg.
Gadget Freak Case #257: TempBug -- Internet-Connected Thermometer
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6/26/2014  23 comments
You can put this thermometer anywhere with WiFi and collect data for months to years on a single battery, depending on how often you check the temperature.
Gadget Freak Review: Action Sports Drone; Fashionable Wearable Tech
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6/20/2014  12 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a Kickstarter campaign for an auto-follow action sports drone and a fashionable wearable ring that will discretely alert you of an incoming notification on your smartphone.
Best Gadget Wins Big Money
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6/16/2014  3 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics have raised the stakes for our second annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000.
Gadget Freak Case #256: Yoga Breathalyzer
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6/13/2014  14 comments
The yoga breathalyzer is a breath visualization tool that uses Arduino, a headset-mounted wind sensor, and an LED strip to translate your breathing into visual output.
Gadget Freak Review: Charge Your Smartphone 92% Faster; USB Flash Drive for Portable Apple Devices
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5/30/2014  5 comments
The Legion Meter will rapidly charge your smartphone by optimizing the charge speed and the iStick is the first USB Flash drive that allows connection through the Apple lightening connector.
Gadget Freak Case #255: Touch-Sensitive Audio Desk Trays
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5/23/2014  33 comments
Roshenac Mitchell connected an Arduino to a set of desk trays and programed them to activate a recorded audio label when touched. Her aim for the project was to aid the visually impared.
Gadget Freak Case #254: Motion Controlled Blinking Eyes
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5/13/2014  15 comments
Don Lutz created blinking animatronic eyes to animate a rock sculpture.
Gadget Freak Case #253: Peltier Thermopile Cloud Sensor
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4/18/2014  13 comments
Eric Chesak created a sensor that can detect clouds, and it can also measure different sources of radiation.
Gadget Freak Review: First Truly Consumer 3D Printer & Hacked 3D Printer Creates Real Tattoos
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4/10/2014  11 comments
This Gadget Freak Review looks at an affordable plug-and-play printer, a 3D printer that was hacked by a group of French design students to create real tattoos, and an analog camera that was built using 3D-printed and laser-cut parts.
Design News Presents: The Best of Gadget Freak, Vol. 2
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4/1/2014  7 comments
What you’ll find in this Technology Roundup is the best of the best Gadget Freak projects, as voted on by you -- our loyal readers.
Gadget Freak Review: Wearable Device Reduces Migraines; LED Outlet Replacement
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3/28/2014  23 comments
We look at a wearable device that uses an adhesive electrode and headband to help reduce migraines, as well as a plug-and-play outlet cover that replaces traditional night lights.
Gadget Freak Case #252: Animated Weather LED Display
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3/21/2014  11 comments
Al Linke's animated weather display uses a Rasberry Pi to periodically pull weather conditions from the Internet and then displays a corresponding animation on an LED display.
Gadget Freak Review: Personal Lost & Found; DIY Solar Phone Charger
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3/14/2014  11 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a personal motion tracking device that uses Bluetooth a DIY solar phone charger that is built in a mint tin and only costs $7 to build.
Gadget Freak Review: Boeing's Self-Destructing Smartphone & Light Tracker to Improve Health
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3/7/2014  16 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at Boeing's trusted smartphone device and a solar-powered light tracker designed to help improve your health.
Gadget Freak Review: Google Phone Creates 3D Models & Virtual Wallet Replaces Credit Cards
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2/28/2014  9 comments
This gadget freak review highlights some new mobile technologies. Google's Project Tango is building 3D models of the space around you, and the Loop is a virtual wallet that allows you to pay merchants by transmitting your card data.
Gadget Freak Case #251: Billiards Ball Counter
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2/21/2014  17 comments
William Grill needed a counter to play a game of call shot, so he created an electric one to keep score.
Gadget Freak Review: DIY Open-Source Car, Smartphone-Controlled Radiator Cover
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2/14/2014  10 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at an open-source DIY car that can be assembled in an hour and an intelligent radiator cover controlled though a smartphone app.
Gadget Freak Review: Simple Tool Seals Wounds, Construction Set for Straws, Electronic Wall Outlet Safe
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2/7/2014  10 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a simple device for sealing gunshot wounds, an open-source construction set that uses straws and cardboard to build shapes and objects, and a hidden electronic safe built into a wall.
Gadget Freak Review: Smart Contact Lens, Precise Nutrition Facts & Mini Solar Powered Greenhouse
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1/31/2014  40 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a smart contact lens that measures glucose levels; a gadget that can scan any food item to deliver precise nutrition facts and a list of ingredients; and a homemade, 24-hour solar-powered greenhouse.
Gadget Freak Case #250: DIY Flexible Display
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1/23/2014  4 comments
Marin Davide created a flexible thermochromic display that can be built at home without special equipment.
Gadget Freaks Rejoice: CES Highlights Impressive Inventions
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1/17/2014  6 comments
Take a look at some new gadgets from last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- a self-balancing electric skateboard, a sensor family that will keeps you on track, and a protective iPhone battery case with 32GB built-in storage.
Gadget Freak Review: Hybrid e-Bike, Construction Kits for Girls & Bluetooth Gloves
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1/8/2014  17 comments
Check out this wireless pedal assist system that can turn your bicycle into a hybrid e-bike, construction kits aimed at girls, and a glove that connects to your smartphone.
Gadgets That Fly, Take Fish-Eye Photos & Build Prototypes
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12/17/2013  15 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a variety of gadgets, including a remote-controlled helicopter that folds into its own controller, a 3D panoramic camera, and a personal 3D printer that sells at the (relatively) low cost of $1,300.
Gadget Freak of the Year: the Winner Is ...
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12/16/2013  24 comments
Andrew Morris has emerged victorious and has been named Design News's first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year. He's on to show off his gadget at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show in Anaheim in February.
Gadget Freak Case #249: The Heatilator Helper
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12/6/2013  35 comments
When Dick Neubert discovered that his fireplace's heatilators lost heat when not in use, he created a gadget to rectify the situation.
There's Still Time to Vote for Gadget Freak of the Year
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12/3/2013  5 comments
The final showdown is under way in our first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year contest. Who will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show? It's up to you, dear readers, to tell us.
Gadget Freak of the Year: Meet the Finalists
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11/25/2013  17 comments
Meet the winners from the six rounds of Gadget Freak of the Year semi-final competitions. The winner of this group becomes Gadget Freak of the Year.
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
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11/22/2013  14 comments
After six rounds of voting, it comes down to this -- the final showdown. Who created the best gadget featured in Design News this year? We're counting on you to tell us.
Gadget Freak Case #248: Digital Walking Stick for the Blind
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11/21/2013  21 comments
Marin Davide has developed a digital stick for the blind that's designed to cost the same as a traditional stick.
Reader Vote Round 6: Gadget Freak of the Year
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11/11/2013  19 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Reader Vote Round 5: Gadget Freak of the Year
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10/28/2013  5 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Gadget Freak Case #247: Back to the Manual Mill
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10/18/2013  35 comments
Our teenage gadget master John Duffy has created a manual mill you can make in your home shop.
Reader Vote Round 4: Gadget Freak of the Year
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10/14/2013  12 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Reader Vote Round 3: Gadget Freak of the Year
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9/30/2013  17 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year and we need help from you, our readers.
Reader Vote Round 2: Gadget Freak of the Year
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9/16/2013  28 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers. You voted for our first crop of candidates. Now we present the second group of four for your consideration.
Reader Vote: Gadget Freak of the Year
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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
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8/23/2013  21 comments
This inexpensive device offers repeatable noise to mask the sounds of rowdy gamers, crying babies, and gossiping grandmas.
Gadget Freak Case #245: The Programmable Crock-Pot
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8/12/2013  35 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
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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.
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