Matt Katzenstein, an electrical engineering student at Union County College in New Jersey, has created his own personal disco light show that strobes to a beat. He created the gadget with a handful of components and some electroluminescent wire, also known has EL wire. He uses his Android smartphone as a source of music and then connects some EL wire with a few inexpensive components between the two. The result is lighted wire that pulses to the beat of the music. The same gadget can be connected to different sources of music and different lights.
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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