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.
This Gadget Freak Review looks at a keyless Bluetooth padlock that works with your smartphone, along with a system that tracks your sleep behavior and wakes you at the perfect time in your sleep cycle to avoid morning grogginess.
This solar charge controller, which is placed between a solar panel and a battery, regulates the voltage and current coming from your solar panel. It is used to maintain proper charging voltage on the batteries.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
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