Design News offers you two ways to capitalize a little bit on your creative genius (or madness). First, there is the MAKE/Design News Gadget Freak contest. Design an electronic gadget, with or without an attached pastry, enter it in the contest, and you could win the $1000 grand prize, or one of several other prizes.
Second, you can submit your gadget to the Design News Gadget Freak column. This is a monthly feature that appears in both the print and online version of Design News. Your submission should include a video and a writeup that explains how someone else could build your gadget. If selected you’ll have the honor of seeing your gadget in print and Design News will pay you $500. The Design News WWW page has information on how to submit your design.
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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