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Content posted in December 2011
Gadget Freak Case #201: Plug & Play Sprout Board
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12/22/2011  24 comments
Jared Bouck found that off-the-shelf monitor systems were lacking the features he needed and were cost-prohibitive, so he created the sprout board, which is 100 percent open-source and totally customizable to the needs of implementations.
Gadget Freak Case #200: The Sun Lights Up the Deck at Night
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12/12/2011  12 comments
To provide nighttime safety for his deck, William Grill used a 40W regulator and solar panel to create an application to shine light all night.
Slideshow: Best Gadget Freak Projects of 2011
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12/5/2011  22 comments
Here's a slideshow with links to our best homebrew engineering projects, drawn from the Design News Gadget Freak section.




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