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The Autonomous Zombie Defense System
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8/18/2016  1 comment
Halloween will be here before you know it. And the zombie apocalypse may come even sooner. Best to prepare yourself by building your own security system to safeguard against the walking dead.
A 'Portal' Sentry Turret to Guard Your DIY Lab
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8/4/2016  6 comments
Need some security in your DIY workshop? Gadget Freak Ben Pawlowski and his team show you how to build a security camera/alarm modeled after the turret guns from the popular video game, Portal.
How to Make Virtual Wall Art and Build a Computer for Your Pet
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7/25/2016  Post a comment
Here's a blast from the Gadget Freak past. Check out these gadgets, from telescope warming to keyboards on your fingers
Talk to Your Mirror, Find the Sun, and Have a Swim at Night
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7/7/2016  Post a comment
An interactive mirror, a solar-seeking microcontroller, and a timer for night swimmers make up this collection of great Gadget Freak projects from our archive.
How to Build a Homemade CNC Laser Engraver
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6/28/2016  1 comment
Laser engravers can be great tools for DIY projects. But they can also be pricey. Gadget Freak shows you how to build your own CNC laser engraver using an Arduino board.
A Kinder, Gentler Kindle and a Better Way to Recycle
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5/30/2016  Post a comment
Every now and then Design News likes to revisit some of our favorite Gadget Freak projects. Robotic hands, manipulated Kindles, and smart recycling cans round out the latest crop.
InkBot: Building Your Own Robot That Writes
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5/20/2016  10 comments
Kerry Erendson wanted to create a DIY robot that could write. The result was InkBot. Kerry shares the process of designing and building InkBot and shows you how to build your own.
How to Build an Arcade Machine For All Your Favorite Video Games
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5/5/2016  1 comment
Do you long for the days of retro video gaming? Here's how you can turn an old PC into an old-school arcade cabinet with only $100 and a bit of woodwork.
Melt Your Face, Test Your Knowledge, and Take Ultimate Control
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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
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4/7/2016  1 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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11/5/2015  Post a comment
The holidays are coming. Celebrate the DIY way by building your own light-up Christmas sweater.
Gadget Freak Case #273: A Better Coffee Mug Warmer
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Gadget Freak Case #269: The Leaky Tree
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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.
Gadget Freak Case #268: The Handy Rival
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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.
Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
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1/21/2015  8 comments
The 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year goes to the DDV-IP -- or, a Drink Deliver Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum. The gadget is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on a hot summer day. 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 users.
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
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1/5/2015  6 comments
Voting in the final round of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open. Cast your vote and come back next week to see if your favorite project garnered the $6,000 first prize!
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 4
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12/22/2014  6 comments
Voting in Round 4 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 3
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12/8/2014  Post a comment
Voting in Round 3 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
Get Your 15 Minutes of DIY Fame
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11/28/2014  Post a comment
If you have a Gadget Freak project, we have a reader who wants to make it. And not only will you get your 15 minutes of fame on our website and social media channels, you will also receive $500 and be automatically entered into the 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year contest.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 2
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11/24/2014  3 comments
Last year you helped Design News and Allied Electronics crown its first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need your help again. Vote in round 2 of our second-annual contest.
Gadget Freak of the Year: Did You Vote Yet?
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11/18/2014  Post a comment
There is less than a week left to vote in Round 1 of our second-annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest, sponsored by Allied Electronics.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 1
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11/10/2014  2 comments
Last year you helped Design News and Allied Electronics crown its first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need your help again.
Gadget Freak Case # 265: Propane – Oxygen Cannon & Shock Tube Demonstrator
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11/7/2014  13 comments
This project is an experiment in generating supersonic shock waves called detonation waves.
Gadget Freak Case #267: What Happens When You Combine Arduino and iOS?
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10/31/2014  10 comments
The Arduino is great for connecting with hardware but has a limited user interface. Apple’s iOS devices have a great user interface but are limited when connecting with hardware.
Gadget Freak Case #266: The Window Watcher
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10/24/2014  30 comments
The Window Watcher stops the burglar before he does damage or enters the house. House alarm service companies set off alarms and call the service only after the burglar has damaged and entered the house.
Gadget Freak Case #264: Drink Delivery Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum
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10/17/2014  31 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  21 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  22 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  48 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  17 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.
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