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Content posted in June 2012
Gadget Freak Case #218: Finally – A Decent Space Heater Thermostat
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6/29/2012  3 comments
Andrew Morris designed an electronic thermostat that senses actual room temperature. He tested and tweaked the design to get the proper control range and hysteresis.
Gadget Freak Case #217: Finding the Sun With a Microcontroller
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6/22/2012  Post a comment
Jerald Cogswell has created a gadget that finds the sun for solar applications.
Gadget Freak Case #216: Wirelessly Charged Indestructible LED Lantern
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6/11/2012  Post a comment
John Duffy created an indestructible LED lantern that can be recharged without opening its hard PVC shell.
Gadget Freak Case #215: Automating the Doggie Door
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6/5/2012  1 comment
Les Kelly’s remote opens or closes a pet flap, whether on a crate or a door, and can work through walls. A timer can be attached to let your pet out at a regular time of the day.




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