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.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. 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 user.
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.
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