Just in time for the holidays, Gadget Freaks get your pumpkins ready - the 2007 Punkin Chunkin World Championships is this week. In case you aren’t familiar with the event, thousands descend on “the Chunk” in Bridgeville, DE. With a schedule of events filling all three days, the Canons are the gadget of choice for these fierce competitors all vying for one thing – to chunk their pumpkin the farthest. The 2006 adult winner catapulted its pumpkin last year a whopping 3,870.50 ft! Now that’s some far sailing orange vegetable! You can check out all the past winners’ distances here.
Sponsored by the Punkin’Chunkin’ Association, the annual event has a category for everyone from youngsters to teens to adults. You can go to the event’s official website for a look at all the classes and contest rules.
Followers of Design News’ Gadget Freak blogs will have the opportunity next week to take home a wireless remote demo package that can be used to build garage door openers, tire pressure monitors, keyless entry systems, and much more.
The 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year goes to the DDV-IP -- or, a Drink Deliver Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum. The gadget is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on a hot summer day. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the users.
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