A lot of ingenuity in this Gadget Freak inventions. My personal favorite as far as utility and impact is the modified Kindle reader that is helping the disabled make better use of the latest and greatest consumer technology. But given that man's best friend is my best friend, I have to say the remote pet kennel opener would get a lot of activity in my house. Cool stuff.
This slideshow is a lot of fun. I like the Frankenkindle, at least half because of the name. I also like the smart recycle can. I think there's a huge need for this type of info right at the point of recycling. There are times I have not recycled an item in a public place because I wasn't certain whether I could or where it should go. But my favorite has got to be the FaceMelter. Shades of Jimi!
I liked the "Gadget Freak Case #202: Frankenkindle -- An Easier-to-Use Kindle Modifying a Kindle enables a woman with cerebral palsy to control the e-reader easily"
In my personal opinion, more such device/interfaces have to develop for medically ill patients. They are the most people's need to be self confident and to do things in their own way, without any external help.
Good points, Mydesign. One of the beauties of the Frankenkindle is that it solved a real-world problem. The Glenn Johnson saw the problem and decided to create a solution, and the solution helped improve someone's life.
Yes, I hope so too, Curck. Not sure what the IP implications are when you alter a trademarked product for resale. Glenn would probably need to obtain some agreement from Amazon. At any rate, we can expect to see more gadgets from Glenn over the coming months.
This shows that people who can design/create are special people. They do it without the incentive of money. Not many other professions continue to work in their profession on their own time for the sheer fun of it? No doubt, ideas can turn out to be lucrative, but the initial incentive is the enjoyment.
The final showdown is under way in our first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year contest. Who will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show? It's up to you, dear readers, to tell us.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.