Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
This is the second round of voting. Choose your favorite from the four Gadget Freak projects below. Will it be the gloved hand that controls the airplane? How about the miced up telescope? Do you prefer the device that kills the flicker in LED lights, or perhaps the garage light controller?
Every two weeks for the next 10 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.
In two weeks, we will present four more projects. 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., to show off the gadget at the Design News booth.
Watch the videos below, and then cast your vote.
Gadget Freak Case #241: Gloved Hand Controls Airplane's Flight
Gadget Freak Case #240: MEMS Mics Up Telescope
Gadget Freak Case #239: Bridge Rectifier Eliminates LED Light Flicker
Gadget Freak Case #238: Controller Adjusts Garage Lights
Gloved Hand for Airplane control has the most engineering cooperating as a System, so I found it most impressive, and give it my vote. I was impressed with the 'bend-sensor' affecting the RPM of the motor; I never saw one of those before.
Overall, "gesture" controls have been on the drawing boards for at least 10 years or so, but I still haven't actually seen one fully characterized for real-use, (like in the movie, "Minority Report" from 2002).
Yes, Jenn, it is another tough choice. I think readers are going to be surprised by ahe amazing variety of gadgets we've presented over the past year. They range from the wildly whimsical to the straight up practical.
This gadget freak review highlights some new mobile technologies. Google's Project Tango is building 3D models of the space around you, and the Loop is a virtual wallet that allows you to pay merchants by transmitting your card data.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a simple device for sealing gunshot wounds, an open-source construction set that uses straws and cardboard to build shapes and objects, and a hidden electronic safe built into a wall.