Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown its first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Every two weeks for the next 12 weeks, we will present four Gadget Freak projects that ran in Design News over the past year. They are all great, so you have a tough task. You have to choose the best one.
Watch the videos below and vote for the best of these four. In two weeks, we will present four more projects for you to vote on, eventually crowning a winner.
After six periods of voting, we’ll take the winners from each of the six voting periods and present them in a final showdown. The winner will become Gadget Freak of the Year, and will win an all-expense-paid trip to the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim, Calif., in February. There he or she will get to show off the gadget at the Design News booth.
Watch the videos below and then cast your vote!
Gadget Freak Case #245: The Programmable Crock-Pot
Gadget Freak Case #244: Analog Camera Built from 3D Printed & Laser Cut Parts
Gadget Freak Case #243: MR Shock Improves Biking
Gadget Freak Case #242: A Gadget's Call For Assistance
Okay, now this is a difficult task. All these creations are freakish. That said, if I absolutely had to make a decision, this would be my least start from the least freakish to the absolute gadget freak in this group; A gadget's call for assistance, the analog camera from 3D parts, the programmable crock pot and Mr shock with his bike. But that's just me.
I agree AnadY, the most practical gadget here is the call for assistance. It serves an important need. The other three gadgets have value and they're all impressive as homemade products, but the call of assistance was created to improve someone's life. That said, the crock pot was also developed to improve someone's life. The bike proves out the ability to manage fluids, and the camera is nothing but amazing in the creation of its own parts.
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.
If you have a Gadget Freak project, we have a reader who wants to make it. And not only will you get your 15 minutes of fame on our website and social media channels, you will also receive $500 and be automatically entered into the 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year contest.
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