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Content posted in August 2011
Gadget Freak Case #192: The Ultimate Wireless Volume Control
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8/17/2011  19 comments
Andrew Morris decided the usual wireless volume controls don’t offer enough functionality, so he created the ultimate volume control that connects between a computer or MP3 player and an amplified speaker system.
SparkFun Inventors Kit Is 'Clever'
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8/12/2011  7 comments
Gadget Freak blogger Steve Ravet recently picked up a SparkFun inventors kit for Arduino. Though his preferred development hardware is mbed, he was impressed.
What's Your Opinion on Patents?
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8/9/2011  11 comments
IV is one of the many companies that have come into existence solely to purchase patents and litigate on the basis of them. What is your take on patents?
Animatronic Butterfly Completes Wedding Day Look
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8/4/2011  9 comments
User fiveMarch on Instructables was asked by a friend to design a moving butterfly that she could wear as a hair clip on her wedding day.




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