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Content posted in December 2013
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.




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