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Gadget Freak Case #259: Gag Bomb Countdown Timer
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7/18/2014  Post a 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  4 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.
Gadget Freak Case #220: Power Lock With a Secret Code
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7/20/2012  1 comment
To keep curious kids from playing with his workbench tools, William Grill created a lock that requires a secret code before power can go to the plug.
Gadget Freak Case #219: Watching the Alpha Sparks Fly
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7/6/2012  Post a comment
John Iovine created a homemade alpha particle spark detector with a high-voltage power supply and radioactive materials.
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.
Gadget Freak Case #214: Radio Touch Sensors Talk to the Smartphone
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5/21/2012  Post a comment
Matt Oppenheim has devised a radio that speaks to an Android smartphone to help the visually impaired learn the layout of a new device.
Gadget Freak Case #213: Android Brings the Mirror to Life
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5/14/2012  1 comment
Interactive mirror can display pictures, simple games, and video streamed from an Android phone.
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