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Gadget Freak Case #267: What Happens When You Combine Arduino and iOS?
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10/31/2014  Post a comment
The Arduino is great for connecting with hardware but has a limited user interface. Apple’s iOS devices have a great user interface but are limited when connecting with hardware.
A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility
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10/24/2014  2 comments
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill, an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries. (The video originally appeared on YouTube.)
Gadget Freak Case #266: The Window Watcher
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10/24/2014  Post a comment
The Window Watcher stops the burglar before he does damage or enters the house. House alarm service companies set off alarms and call the service only after the burglar has damaged and entered the house.
Gadget Freak Case # 264: Drink Delivery Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum
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10/17/2014  Post a comment
The DDV-IP is an inverted pendulum driving machine. The concept is a two wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days.
Gadget Freak Case #263: Midi Key-tar
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9/18/2014  1 comment
Adam Berger hacked a computer keyboard into a mini key-tar to play with his band.
Gadget Freak Case #262: Boat Lift Controller With Remote
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9/12/2014  2 comments
Dick Bipes couldn't find a boat lift remote with the specs he wanted, so he created his own for automatic operation.
Gadget Freak Case #261: Dr. Seuss Themed Target Game
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8/15/2014  Post a comment
Colorado State University students have created a Dr. Seuss themed target game.
Gadget Freak Case #260: Arduino Solar Charge Controller
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8/8/2014  Post a comment
This solar charge controller, which is placed between a solar panel and a battery, regulates the voltage and current coming from your solar panel. It is used to maintain proper charging voltage on the batteries.
Gadget Freak Case #259: Gag Bomb Countdown Timer
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7/18/2014  1 comment
This Hollywood movie-style gag bomb doubles as an alarm clock and a countdown timer.
Gadget Freak Case #258: Memory Wire Muscles Actuate Biped
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7/11/2014  8 comments
Marin Davide created a prototype of a moving biped using a shape memory alloy that works like a real muscle.
Gadget Freak Case #257: TempBug -- Internet-Connected Thermometer
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6/26/2014  3 comments
You can put this thermometer anywhere with WiFi and collect data for months to years on a single battery, depending on how often you check the temperature.
Gadget Freak Case #256: Yoga Breathalyzer
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6/13/2014  Post a comment
The yoga breathalyzer is a breath visualization tool that uses Arduino, a headset-mounted wind sensor, and an LED strip to translate your breathing into visual output.
Gadget Freak Case #255: Touch-Sensitive Audio Desk Trays
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5/23/2014  Post a comment
Roshenac Mitchell's aim for the project was to aid the visually impaired.
Gadget Freak Case #254: Motion Controlled Blinking Eyes
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5/13/2014  Post a comment
Don Lutz created blinking animatronic eyes to animate a rock sculpture.
Gadget Freak Case #253: Peltier Thermopile Cloud Sensor
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4/18/2014  Post a comment
Eric Chesak created a sensor that can detect clouds, and it can also measure different sources of radiation.
Gadget Freak Case #252: Animated Weather LED Display
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3/21/2014  Post a comment
Al Linke's animated weather display uses a Rasberry Pi to periodically pull weather conditions from the Internet and then displays a corresponding animation on an LED display.
Gadget Freak Case #251: Billiards Ball Counter
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2/21/2014  2 comments
William Grill needed a counter to play a game of call shot, so he created an electric one to keep score.
Gadget Freak Case #250: DIY Flexible Display
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1/23/2014  Post a comment
Marin Davide created a flexible thermochromic display that can be built at home without special equipment.
Gadget Freak Case #249: The Heatilator Helper
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12/6/2013  Post a comment
When Dick Neubert discovered that his fireplace's heatilators lost heat when not in use, he created a gadget to rectify the situation.
Gadget Freak Case #248: Digital Walking Stick for the Blind
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11/21/2013  2 comments
Marin Davide has developed a digital stick for the blind that's designed to cost the same as a traditional stick.
Gadget Freak Case #247: Back to the Manual Mill
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10/18/2013  2 comments
Our teenage gadget master John Duffy has created a manual mill you can make in your home shop.
Gadget Freak Case #246: Random Noise Generator
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8/23/2013  3 comments
This inexpensive device offers repeatable noise to mask the sounds of rowdy gamers, crying babies, and gossiping grandmas.
Gadget Freak Case #245: The Programmable Crock-Pot
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8/12/2013  2 comments
Bernard Smith created a timer that offers a delayed start, so that a slow cooker can begin cooking while everyone is out.
Gadget Freak Case #244: Analog Camera Built From 3D Printed & Laser Cut Parts
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8/6/2013  1 comment
Marin Davide designed, built, and assembled an analog camera with laser cut and 3D printed parts.
Gadget Freak Case #243: MR Shock Improves Biking
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7/22/2013  4 comments
A trio of Colorado State engineering students created a magnetorheological bicycle shock absorber that can be adjusted using a touchscreen to affect the bike's ride.
Gadget Freak Case #242: A Gadget’s Call for Assistance
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6/18/2013  1 comment
Andrew Morris designed a circuit that could detect a stroke victim’s groan and convert the sound into a signal.
Gadget Freak Case #241: Gloved Hand Controls Airplane's Flight
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5/17/2013  2 comments
Colorado State University students have created a gadget that guides a remote control airplane through the sensors in a glove.
Gadget Freak Case #240: MEMS Mics Up Telescope
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5/9/2013  6 comments
Jerald Cogswell created a sonic telescope to grab sound and bring it as close to the user as the image.
Gadget Freak Case #239: Bridge Rectifier Eliminates LED Light Flicker
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4/29/2013  3 comments
Bernard R. Smith Jr. created a bridge rectifier that eliminates the flicker in LED light strings.
Gadget Freak Case #238: Controller Adjusts Garage Lights
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4/17/2013  Post a comment
Thomas W. Manning created an automatic switch that uses a solid state relay to adjust the florescent lights in his garage automatically.
Gadget Freak Case #237: Dishwasher Indicator Eases Unloading
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4/9/2013  3 comments
Jitendra Tailor's gadget uses a proximity sensor and a flashing LED to tell his family members when to load or unload the dishwasher.
Gadget Freak Case #236: Remotely Controlling the Room Temperature
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4/2/2013  Post a comment
Richard A. Bipes adapted a portable remote so he could adjust his electric space heater without getting up.
Gadget Freak Case #235: Ignition Control Unit for Harley Davidson Panhead Engine
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3/26/2013  1 comment
Edward Nauman designed an ignition control unit for the Harley Davidson Panhead engine. The unit can be adapted to almost any four-cycle engine with the proper design and fabrication resources.
Gadget Freak Case #234: We Love This Automated Mailbox
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3/12/2013  Post a comment
Jeremy Willden created small mailboxes for his daughters' Valentine's Day cards. The boxes use a sensor to open automatically when someone walks by.
Gadget Freak Case #233: Inline Clock With Electromechanical Incandescent Display
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2/21/2013  Post a comment
David Christianson's inline clock has an electromechanical incandescent display based on an array of tiny projectors that share a ground glass rear projection plane.
Gadget Freak Case #232: Finding the Right Hydraulic Force
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12/20/2012  1 comment
Ed Nauman found using a hydraulic press to straighten a piece of material involved guesswork, so he created a gadget that indicates the actual force applied.
Gadget Freak Case #231: Super Rugged Computer-Controlled Tyco Car
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12/7/2012  4 comments
Matthew Katzenstein took an electrical car and added a range of control based on robotics.
Gadget Freak Case #230: The Inexpensive Dimmable LED Desk Lamp
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11/30/2012  3 comments
Andrew Morris designed a dimmable LED driver circuit that is simple and energy efficient. He then installed the circuit into a portable fluorescent lamp.
Gadget Freak Case #229: Modify Your Wall Art
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11/9/2012  1 comment
Al Linke has created a gadget that modifies wall art using LED matrix panels behind the art.
Gadget Freak Case #228: Super LED Flashlight Hits 3,000 Lumens
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10/19/2012  Post a comment
John Duffy, a 15-year-old Gadget Freak, has put together a powerful LED flashlight that runs at almost 30W and 3,000 lumens.
Gadget Freak Case #227: Wearable Computer Keeps Tabs on Fido & Kitty
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10/5/2012  6 comments
Pete Cross created the PetInspect gadget to record data on how a pet is being treated while it is boarded.
Gadget Freak Case #226: Speed Regulator for Rotary Tool
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9/20/2012  2 comments
Andrew Morris's microcontroller-based DC motor speed regulator brings control for delicate work.
Gadget Freak Case #225: Moving the Keyboard Onto Your Fingers
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9/14/2012  1 comment
Wayne Rasanen created a device to replace QWERTY that reduces hand movement and ends the days of flying fingers.
Gadget Freak Case #224: Gadget Remembers What You Need to Do
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9/7/2012  Post a comment
George Tempesta's motion-triggered calendar keeps track of time and dates when a chore or event needs attention.
Gadget Freak: Ear Muff Headphones
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8/30/2012  Post a comment
Sylvie Barak created a custom pair of earmuff headphones to keep her ears warm while she listens to her music.
Gadget Freak: LED Message Board
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8/24/2012  Post a comment
Rich Quinnell's LED message board traces out a message in mid air.
Gadget Freak: LED Matrix Helmet
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8/17/2012  Post a comment
This silver chrome helmet has a full LED matrix display on the front that illuminates words and patterns.
Gadget Freak Case #223: Rocket Records Its Own Flight
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8/10/2012  3 comments
Doug Conner strapped a video camera to his PVC-based rocket to record its flight.
Gadget Freak Case #222: Warming Up the Telescope
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8/3/2012  Post a comment
Eric Chesak created a heating pad system to keep his telescope at a uniform temperature throughout his deep-space photography sessions.
Gadget Freak Case #221: Smart Toolbox Finds the Right Tool
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7/27/2012  1 comment
A team of student engineers at Colorado State University have designed a five-drawer toolbox that can locate tools and open the drawer they are found.
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