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Content tagged with Gadget Freak posted in February 2012
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.




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