Hello, readers. We are one week into the voting that will determine our first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year. If you haven't voted already, please do so now. Time is running out.
Each finalist is worthy of the Gadget Freak of the Year title, but we have a particularly strong race between the stroke-detecting gadget by Andrew Morris and the airplane-controlling glove by Jason Hartman and his fellow Colorado State University students. Voting closes Monday, Dec. 9.
Allied Electronics, a longtime sponsor of Gadget Freak, is celebrating its 85th anniversary. Gabriel Reichman, Allied's customer marketing manager, had this to say about the finalists in our inaugural contest:
We consider it a huge privilege to support a competition like Gadget Freak and are always blown away by the innovation that comes out of it. All six of the finalists this year are worthy of the title, and I sincerely hope the experience they've had proves to be a catalyst for this and future endeavors. It's inspiring to imagine the influence something like this may have in helping a great mind make the journey from an idea to tomorrow's breakthrough technology.
Watch the videos below, and then cast your vote.
Gadget Freak Case #242: A Gadget's Call for Assistance
Gadget Freak Case #241: Gloved Hand Controls Airplane's Flight
Gadget Freak Case #235: Ignition Control Unit for Harley Davidson Panhead Engine
Gadget Freak Case #230: The Inexpensive Dimmable LED Desk Lamp
Gadget Freak Case #226: Speed Regulator for Rotary Tool
Gadget Freak Case #225: Moving the Keyboard Onto Your Fingers
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