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Content posted in September 2011
Is Your Freaky Gadget Worth $500?
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9/30/2011  5 comments
Send us your gadget and become an official Design News Gadget Freak.
Gadget Freak Case #195: Nifty Master/Slave Green Power Switch
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9/29/2011  7 comments
This green gadget allows the user to turn speaker systems on and off with a TV or laptop computer. It can also be used to turn on lamps and other electric appliances.
Tree-Climbing Robot
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9/27/2011  13 comments
A high school senior has built a robot that grips on to a tree and climbs up like an inchworm.
Dippy Bird Knows the Time
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9/23/2011  2 comments
These four Dippy Birds will tell you the current hour.
Gadget Freak Case #194: Fluffing Up Model Lighting
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9/15/2011  7 comments
William Grill created an inexpensive controller to customize the lighting for a model or simulator.
Fun With the Arduino Inventor's Kit
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9/14/2011  1 comment
Gadget Freak blogger Steve Ravet follows up on his kids' experiences with the Arduino Inventor's Kit.
Gadget Freak Case #193: The Gadget Let the Dog Out
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9/1/2011  9 comments
Les Kelly first showed off his gadget skills in Gadget Freak Case #178, where he created a device that let his dog out of a crate remotely. Now Les has taken the show outdoors with his Easy/Out! remote trigger.




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