It's July 4, and summer has officially kicked into high gear. To celebrate, we've pulled together some of our favorite gadgets inspired by warm weather.
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Gadget Freak Case #161: Golfers Go Green with Envy
Why putt golf balls into a paper cup when you can have your own variable-terrain putting green? This course designed by Mark Giannasi, Aaron Gaylord, Brody Collins, Thomas Boileau, and Maiki Vlahinos offers players three cups and three skill levels. The most advanced level raises two platforms that change the terrain of the course -- and the challenge that golfers face. But even with only three cups, you can still shout, "Fore!"
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The editors of Design News have handpicked your favorite Gadget Freak cases from over the years, bringing them together in a dynamic digital edition, complete with videos, which you can view here.
mrdon, nothing to do with this. I just wondered if you knew if line conditioners work or not. I have an audio hiss from my tv that I want to eliminate and before I buy a conditioner...I just wonder if they work if you know?
Elizabeth M Ok and thanks for the confirmation. I have two dogs and I do realize the fact that they can feel pain just like humans. Its good to know the designers wanted to build a deterrent device without the feature of inflicting pain on animals. Its a cool gadget!!!
As I was going through the Gadget Freak slides, the "Colorado Smart Bike Shifts Itself" caught my attention because of the The Lexus F Sport Roadbike article Charles wrote. In his article, the Lexus bicycle uses an electronic derailleur to shift gears. The smart bike built by the Colorado State University engineering students uses standard off the shelf electronic parts for their controller. I'm just wondering what is the cost differential between the Lexus F Sport roadbike derailleur device compared to Colorado State -U engineering students design? Curious as to the controller circuit the F Sport bike uses as well.
Elizabeth M, I like this gadget as well because its physically safe because of the foam rockets. This gadget also remind of the science demonstration I performed on of my kids elementary school visit. I took a toy robot that launched foam missiles and wired it to a Handy Cricket microcontroller board. A light sensor (photocell) was attached to the Handy Cricket so that a wave of my hand would launch 3 foam rockets into the classroom audience. The kids loved it and I had a blast building it and demonstrating the modified robot launcher to the classroom as well.
Yes, Cadman-LT, a zapper would come in handy especially with a raccoon, since they are generally such bold animals! I think cats might run off with just a firm wave of the hand and a bit of yelling at them. Raccoons, not so much. :)
This Gadget Freak Review looks at a keyless Bluetooth padlock that works with your smartphone, along with a system that tracks your sleep behavior and wakes you at the perfect time in your sleep cycle to avoid morning grogginess.
This solar charge controller, which is placed between a solar panel and a battery, regulates the voltage and current coming from your solar panel. It is used to maintain proper charging voltage on the batteries.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
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