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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.
Gadget Freak Case #212: Solar Up-Converter Handles Remote Sensors
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5/7/2012  Post a comment
William Grill's gadget can take energy from an alternate source (such as the sun) and increase the voltage to make the power useful in a wide range of applications.
Gadget Freak Case #211: High Speed Photography Circuit
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4/19/2012  Post a comment
To capture quick events, like the pop of a balloon, James Hartnett created a high-speed circuit that triggers a flash when movement or sound is detected.
Gadget Freak Case #210: Digital Timer for Night Swimmers
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4/2/2012  2 comments
When Doug Conner couldn't track his time while night swimming, he created a digital timer with an LED display to show the time from 10 feet away.
Gadget Freak Case #209: Gradually Dimming Incandescent Bulb
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3/29/2012  Post a comment
Auxiliary incandescent lamp that fades out as CFL floodlights begin to reach full brightness.
Gadget Freak Case #208: Glove-Operated Digital Hand
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3/16/2012  1 comment
The Glove-Operated Digital Hand is a mechanical device that can be controlled remotely.
Gadget Freak Case #207: Android Breathalyzer
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3/2/2012  2 comments
Al Linke's tiny breathalyzer is stored in an Altoids box, and the results can be sent to his Android phone.
Gadget Freak Case #206: Electroluminescent Wire Sound Controller
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2/28/2012  Post a comment
By connecting electroluminescent wire to his Android smartphone, Matt Katzenstein has created his own personal disco light that strobes to the beat of his music.
Gadget Freak Case #205: Colorado Smart Bike Shifts Itself
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2/14/2012  1 comment
A group of Colorado State University engineering students created a bike that shifts gears by itself based on several inputs: rear wheel speed, pedaling direction, and initial chain position.
Gadget Freak Case # 204: Self-Starting, Solar-Powered Stirling Engine
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2/7/2012  1 comment
Doug Conner's self-starting, solar-powered Stirling engine runs all year when the sun is visible.
Gadget Freak Case #202: The Frankenkindle
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1/3/2012  Post a comment
Glenn Johnson created an easier-to-use Kindle using the controls from a children's V.Reader.
Gadget Freak Case #201: Plug & Play Sprout Board
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12/22/2011  Post a comment
Jared Bouck's monitor system is 100 percent open-source and totally customizable.
Gadget Freak Case #200: The Sun Lights Up the Deck at Night
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12/12/2011  1 comment
To provide nighttime safety for his deck, William Grill used a 40W regulator and solar panel to create an application to shine light all night.
Gadget Freak Case #199: Nixie MilliVolt Meter Clock Add-On
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11/28/2011  Post a comment
When James Hartnett found a Nixie, a tube for displaying numerals, he instantly decided that he needed to make a clock.
Gadget Freak Case #198: Build a Remote Fan Control
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11/9/2011  2 comments
Andy Morris has devised a propeller fan remote control that doesn’t require line-of-sight.
Gadget Freak Case #197: Controlling Solar Water Flow
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10/25/2011  Post a comment
To make his solar water heater more efficient, Paul Westaway devised a differential controller.
Gadget Freak Case #196: Mayan Water Sound Fountain
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10/13/2011  2 comments
This waterfall flows over a miniature Mayan temple, and the lights respond to the intensity of the speakers.
Gadget Freak Case #195: Nifty Master/Slave Green Power Switch
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9/28/2011  1 comment
This green gadget allows the user to turn speaker systems on and off with a TV or laptop computer.
Gadget Freak Case #194: Fluffing Up Model Lighting
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9/15/2011  Post a comment
William Grill created an inexpensive controller to customize the lighting for a model or simulator.
Gadget Freak Case #193: The Gadget Let the Dog Out
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9/1/2011  1 comment
Les Kelly's Easy/Out! remote trigger snaps open pet containers.
Gadget Freak Case #192: The Ultimate Wireless Volume Control
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8/16/2011  4 comments
Andrew Morris created a volume control that connects between a computer and an amplified speaker system.
Gadget Freak Case #191: The FaceMelter3000
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7/25/2011  3 comments
Joe Groele wanted to create some unique electric guitar sounds. His inspiration was William Duddell’s “singing arc” from the early 1900s. Duddell created sound by varying air pressure through an electric arc. Unlike the plasma loudspeakers that evolved from Duddell’s design -- known for their clarity and purity of tone -- Joe wanted a sound with extreme distortion.
Gadget Freak Case #189: The Microcontroller-Operated, Pneumatically Actuated RLD
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6/24/2011  2 comments
A microcontroller-operated, pneumatically actuated doorbell... or a "Really Loud Doorbell."
GF182 Automated Harmonica
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Switch and Hits for Nathan
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GF 180: Tic Tack Cubed
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GF179 lights video
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GF 178 Three Floors
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GF 178 Introduction
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GF177 ir lazy susan
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GF 176 Surround Sound Fun in 3D
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12/10/2010  1 comment
GF175 knock_clock
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GF174 Bus Stop Alert
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11/11/2010  1 comment
GF 172 Toilet Monitor Part 1
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GF 172 Toilet Monitor Part 2
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GF173 Sentinel 1
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