For most of us, it's just a typical Wednesday despite the ghouls, goblins, and princesses who will show up on our doorsteps later looking for candy. (Unless you are that house that insists on handing out raisins and toothbrushes.)
So, to get into the spirit, we have pulled together some of our freakishly (vintage, but no less) great Halloween-inspired gadgets.
And, we're hoping these will help you scare up some ideas of your own! Send your ideas for ghoul-inspired gadgets to senior editor Rob Spiegel.
Click on the image below to view these projects... if you dare!
Gadget Freak case #122: Cutting pumpkins the Tesla way:
Rick Crammond created a gadget for cutting Halloween pumpkins that is powered by the faucet in a kitchen sink. The water pressure drives a stack of CDs that has been converted into a turbine. Crammond's Tesla CD Turbine uses two principles developed by Nikola Tesla in the early 1900s. The turbine uses flat discs rather than blades or cups.
In Crammond's gadget, the discs are CDs or DVDs stacked in their cases. Crammond adds a few other household items -- such as Krazy Glue and glue sticks -- and hooks it all to a kitchen faucet using a garden hose. The result is a surprisingly powerful turbine. Crammond uses that turbine power to drive a skill saw blade for easy pumpkin cutting.
I would love to have a seat watching the reaction of unsuspecting trick or treaters - especially on a foggy Halloween night. The strobe light was a great addition and the bat flying out the door made me jump just watching the video!
In our third annual contest, Design News and Allied Electronics are going to crown a winner in early 2016 for the best reader gadget submission this year, and once again, you, the readers, are the judges!
The Attack Dyno brings car enthusiasts an attack timer and dynamometer in a small, portable package with the ability to output vehicle torque, speed, horsepower, 1/4 mile times, 0-60 mph acceleration times, ambient air temperature, and more.
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