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Reader Vote Round 3: Gadget Freak of the Year

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GTOlover
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Harley Davidson!!!
GTOlover   9/30/2013 9:38:48 AM
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That was an awesome update to the classic bike. This one even got me over to the website of another fuel injection controller and found out I can fuel inject my Tempest for little money.

Besides, who doesn't like a good looking Harley?

NadineJ
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Ranked Voting?
NadineJ   9/30/2013 7:27:15 PM
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The dishwasher indicator is really practical but.  The automated mailbox is cute--"Internet Cat Video" cute.  You can't compete with that!

I need to rank these.  They're all too awesome.

Charles Murray
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Re: Ranked Voting?
Charles Murray   9/30/2013 7:41:21 PM
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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.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Ranked Voting?
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   10/1/2013 12:20:08 PM
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What prevents it turning on if its only half full of dirty dishes-? I would not want it turning ON every time I walked past – maybe it has internal sensors indicating amount of current load-level?

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   10/1/2013 12:22:52 PM
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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.

taimoortariq
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temperature control
taimoortariq   9/30/2013 10:09:01 PM
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I liked the remotely controlled room temperature project. I guess it is the most useful of them all.

szyhxc
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Re: temperature control
szyhxc   10/1/2013 9:44:55 AM
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And it is easy to build with tools I am likely to already own.

armorris
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Temperature control
armorris   10/1/2013 9:32:06 AM
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I voted for the temperature control because IMO, it's the most useful, but the motorcycle engine control is by far the coolest and required the most engineering talent.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Temperature control
Rob Spiegel   10/1/2013 11:03:10 AM
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Amorris, I went for the motorcycloe engine control for the exact reason you stated. You can't underestimate "cool" as a consideratiion in the world of gadgets.

78RPM
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Re: Temperature control
78RPM   10/2/2013 10:06:55 PM
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Amorris, I voted for the motorcycle ignition system for that reason. It required the most engineering talent, and the lesson on using quadrature encoders was instructive to many.  It's not just clever and cutesy.  It is a practical device that actually get things done.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Temperature control
Rob Spiegel   10/3/2013 11:23:01 AM
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Good point, 78RPM. There are so many ways to judge Gadget Freak submissions: difficulty of the engineering, simplicity of design, practical application, usefulness. The first voting round was won -- I believe -- on the social contribution the gadget provided to someone who was disabled.

Jennifer Campbell
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Closest Race Yet!
Jennifer Campbell   10/1/2013 10:56:41 AM
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Welcome to Round 3 of our first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year contest! While one project in Round 1 and one project in Round 2 ran away with the vote, it looks like Round 3 will actually be a close one!

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Remote-controlled thermostat got my vote
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   10/1/2013 12:32:15 PM
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Remote-controlled thermostat got my vote, as the best value-added potential for in-home use and adoption.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Remote-controlled thermostat got my vote
Rob Spiegel   10/2/2013 12:46:26 PM
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Good point JimT. Yet one of the things I like about Gadget Freak is that sometimes the gadgets are interesting without being particularly useful. I think some gadgets win points on simple cleverness.

taimoortariq
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Re: Remote-controlled thermostat got my vote
taimoortariq   10/7/2013 6:50:58 PM
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I agree, when it comes to competitions people are more fascinated by the alluring nature of the project. They naturally tend to side up with the project which is more dynamic and fascinating appearance wise. That is a major factor that is usually considered especially by the general crowd.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Remote-controlled thermostat got my vote
Rob Spiegel   10/8/2013 8:27:23 AM
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I agree Taimoortariq. The razzle-dazzle of a gadget is always a factor. However, in the first round of voting, the winning gadget was the one that was the most helpful, an alarm mechanism for the disabled.

dox
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Dishwasher Unload
dox   10/1/2013 2:36:51 PM
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I'd like to vote for the dishwasher idea, but the video lacks explanation.  From what I gather the LED is motion activated, so it isn't flashing all the time.  It also turns off when the internal temperature goes up (cleaning).  It then turns green after cleaning and then goes back to red after the door is opened.  Don't dishwashers already include this indicator?

My complaint is that the indicator turns red when the door is opened, but this does not imply the clean dishes were removed.  In a familty situation the dishwasher is often used to store clean dishes and it is inly emptied when half of them have been taken out for use (or too many dirty ones pile up on the counter above).  The light needs to flash green until it is manually reset to red by the owner, when the washer has been completely emptied.

I'm voting for the Harley!  Even though I must ask "Why was a PIC used?"

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