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 sixth round of voting, and the final round before we pit our six finalists in the ultimate showdown. So, choose your favorite of the four Gadget Freak entries below. Will it be the keyboard on your fingers? How about the gadget that remembers what you do? Or do you prefer the warmed up telescope? Perhaps it's the rocket that records its own flight.
All of the Gadget Freak projects in this competition 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'll take the winners from each of the six voting periods and present them in a final showdown. The winner will become the 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.
Watch the videos below, and then cast your vote.
Gadget Freak Case #225: Moving the Keyboard Onto Your Fingers
Gadget Freak Case #224: Gadget Remembers What You Need to Do
Gadget Freak Case #223: Rocket Records Its Own Flight
As a designer, I find it hard to sort out all tasks that need to be done in the manner that they actually ought to be done. It's alright to use organizers and set up all sorts of reminders bus sometimes, they simply don't work well enough. Having a device that remembers what you ought to do and actually makes sure you do it can only be counted as a great step forward.
I do not think that this or any other device should be used to text while driving. Only after you have had a lot of practice with it will it be easy to use, and it will still take your attention away from your driving.
Not taking anything away from other inventions, but given the 10 button keyboard applications and how everyone can relate themselves to its uses is the reason that its leading at the moment (and rightly so).
i agree if interfaced with smart phone will be really cool, and would have alot of application but still i dont think it is the solution to texting while driving. the main threat while driving is not ONLY taking your eyes of the road, but it is also the lapse of concentration that is the main reason for accidents. So anything that may affect your concentration will driving should be avoided.
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.
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