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Slideshow: Latest & Greatest Gadget Freaks
5/29/2012

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Gadget Freak Case #207: Android Breathalyzer in an Altoids Box Al Linke's tiny Breathalyzer is stored in an Altoids tin, and the results can be sent to his Android phone. The key component is the IOIO board, which enables the Android to receive data from eternal sensors.
Gadget Freak Case #207: Android Breathalyzer in an Altoids Box
Al Linke's tiny Breathalyzer is stored in an Altoids tin, and the results can be sent to his Android phone. The key component is the IOIO board, which enables the Android to receive data from eternal sensors.

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Rob Spiegel
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A wide range of gadgets
Rob Spiegel   5/29/2012 11:43:48 AM
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What a wide range of gadgets in this slide show. My favorite is the robotic arm.

It's encouraging to see how many of these gadgets were developed by young gadget makers.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   5/29/2012 7:44:39 PM
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Good slide show, Rob. As I've said previously, I think (and hope) the easier-to-use Kindle has a chance to become a commercial product, albeit a niche product.

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mrdon   5/30/2012 1:21:38 AM
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These slide shows are awesome. As you pointed out, its amazing how today's Makers are quite clever in developing cool and innovative products using ordinary materials. One item I'm always discussing with my Electronic Engineering Tech students at ITT Tech is to venture into the land of creativity. There are so many cool tools to develop personal technology such as the Arduino, the Basic Stamp, LEGO NXT, and the Propeller, to name a few, that the only constraining factor is time. I'm currently working on some cool robotic controller gadget projects for a book I'm writing for Apress. I'm using microcontroller platforms such as the Arduino, LEGO NXT, and a bunch of discrete electronic parts along with my Motorola DroidX smartphone to create wireless controls for robots. BTW, I do like the robotic hand and the Kindle products as well.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   5/30/2012 5:40:48 AM
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Hey, Mr.Don, we're always looking for new gadgets to feature in Gadget Freak. If you or any of your students have gadgets, we'd like to see them. Design News will pay $500 if we feature your gadget. We often feature student teams. Send me a note at rob.spiegel@ubm.com and I'll send along the Gadget Freak details.

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ChasChas   5/30/2012 11:12:41 AM
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It's amazing in this country how many products/companies have started in people's garages, basements, kitchens, etc.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/30/2012 1:43:01 PM
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Thanks for a fun slideshow, Rob. The robot arm is my fave, too.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   5/30/2012 2:06:16 PM
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Actually, the slideshow came from Jenn and Lauren (thanks much), and it is a nice one. The variety of gadgets is very impressive.

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mrdon   5/30/2012 10:49:44 PM
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Hi Rob, thanks for the suggestion of submitting a project to Gadget Freaks. I'll definitely send you an email to obtain more information.

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Cadman-LT   5/31/2012 8:23:13 AM
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Very nice slide show. My favorite has to be the kindle, just for the purpose alone.

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Rob Spiegel   5/31/2012 1:02:05 PM
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Great. We're always looking for new gadgets, especially now that we're switched from a twice-a-month frequency to a weekly frequency.

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