After six rounds of voting, it comes down to this -- the final showdown. Who created the best gadget featured in Design News this year? We're counting on you to tell us.
A few of the gadgets featured in the videos below were runaway winners during their round of voting. So, dear readers, you face a tough task. Which one is the best? Who will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Anaheim, Calif., in February to accept the award and show off the creation?
Allied Electronics, a longtime sponsor of Gadget Freak, is celebrating its 85th anniversary. Gabriel Reichman, Allied's customer marketing manager, had this to say about the finalists in our inaugural contest:
We consider it a huge privilege to support a competition like Gadget Freak and are always blown away by the innovation that comes out of it. All six of the finalists this year are worthy of the title, and I sincerely hope the experience they've had proves to be a catalyst for this and future endeavors. It's inspiring to imagine the influence something like this may have in helping a great mind make the journey from an idea to tomorrow's breakthrough technology.
Watch the videos below, and then cast your vote.
Gadget Freak Case #242: A Gadget's Call for Assistance
Gadget Freak Case #241: Gloved Hand Controls Airplane's Flight
Gadget Freak Case #235: Ignition Control Unit for Harley Davidson Panhead Engine
Gadget Freak Case #230: The Inexpensive Dimmable LED Desk Lamp
Gadget Freak Case #226: Speed Regulator for Rotary Tool
Gadget Freak Case #225: Moving the Keyboard Onto Your Fingers
Looks like someone got a call for assistance! I don't know if there is a chance of catching up now but it doesn't hurt to dream. When is all of the voting over? I guess not enough people want the 10 keys to better living!
I figured that if I won the final round, I would have to build another groan detector to show off at the trade show, as I have already delivered it to the lady I built it for. That was a concern to me, but I just got an email from her that she wants another one, whether I win the contest or not. She has become so dependent on it that if it breaks, or something happens to it, that she would be lost without it. Apparently, she finds it useful.
Rob, it is now officially on the list for our next family project. We will begin brainstorming what to do over Thanksgiving break. We are having some college students over for Thanksgiving dinner - maybe i can get them involved as well.
I think you nailed it, Habib. Ultimately, if people vote for what they can most relate to, that's a fair criteria given that all of the projects are technically worthy. Given that all of the pass the quality test, the winner will be the one that pleases the greatest number of voters.
I agree, Nancy. I am always in awe of what people come up with, being someone only with writing and journalistic skills and not any actual technical skills to do any of the things I write about. I really admire people who can design innovate like this, especially just because they want to and not because it's for a particular job they're doing.
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.
If you have a Gadget Freak project, we have a reader who wants to make it. And not only will you get your 15 minutes of fame on our website and social media channels, you will also receive $500 and be automatically entered into the 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year contest.
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