Welcome to the third round of voting in the Gadget Freak of the Year contest from Design News and Allied Electronics. The field is slowly narrowing, leading up to our final showdown, which looks like it will be a photo finish!
By now you know the drill -- choose your favorite of the four Gadget Freak projects below. Will it be the automated mailbox? How about remotely controlled room temperature? Or do you just love the ignition-control unit for the Harley Davidson panhead engine? Perhaps the dishwasher indicator that eases unloading?
Every two weeks for the next eight 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., in February to show off the gadget at the Design News booth.
Allied Electronics, a longtime sponsor of Gadget Freak, is celebrating its 85th anniversary. The company had this to say about our inaugural contest:
As a sponsor of the Design News Gadget Freak of the Year Contest, Allied salutes the creators and innovators who, like Allied, continue to push the boundaries of technology to make the world a better place through innovation. You’re the pioneers who will develop the next great life-changing “thing,” and we’re proud to stand behind you every step of the way.
Now, watch the videos below, and then cast your vote.
Gadget Freak Case #237: Dishwasher Indicator Eases Unloading
Gadget Freak Case #236: Remotely Controlling the Room Temperature
Gadget Freak Case #235: Ignition Control Unit for Harley Davidson Panhead Engine
Gadget Freak Case #234: We Love This Automated Mailbox
I like the dishwasher unloader. In my house, with up to six people using the dishwasher, I'm never sure if I'm loading dirty dishes in with clean dishes that never got removed. I end up pulling the dishes out to examine them to see if they're clean or dirty. I think this would solve that problem.
Mailbox Concept is a nice idea, but the current system showed a lot of opportunity for simplifying. Looks like the volume of space for Mail was competing with the system itself, partially filling up the box. Lots of batteries will become AC current in practice, no doubt.
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.