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Gadget Freak of the Year: Meet the Finalists

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Elizabeth M
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Competition heats up
Elizabeth M   11/25/2013 9:49:53 AM
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Looks like a good one this year! i'll be interested to see who wins, though it seems Andrew Morris has a bit of a flying start and a good chance with three entries.

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Rob Spiegel   11/25/2013 10:32:42 AM
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I agree, Elizabeth, Andrew is in a good position. However, there is some real competition here. It's neck-to-neck right now.

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Elizabeth M   11/25/2013 12:35:01 PM
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I suspect you are right, Rob, it is anyone's game. It's quite a talented bunch we've got here!

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Rob Spiegel   11/25/2013 1:21:59 PM
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Given that all of the semi-finalists meet a high level of quality, the final winner will likely be the the gadget that meets either the cool factor or the "I could use this" factor.

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shehan   11/26/2013 12:43:11 PM
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Wow it's great to see that we have a place for innovation. I can't wait to see what innovative gadgets we have. 

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GADGET FREAK OF THE YEAR
bobjengr   11/26/2013 6:08:48 PM
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I have no idea as to how many marvelous concepts started out as mere "gadgets".   Designers, engineers, and "lay people" wanting to improve a situation or do serious "what-if" work that ultimately lead to devices, eventually commercialized, solving problems for millions.    This might be up for discussion, but one Mr. T. Edison was possibly the greatest gadget freak of all time.  I think Allied is to be commended for sponsoring such a great contest and I would hope they keep up the good work.

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Rob Spiegel   11/27/2013 7:15:07 AM
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Bobjengr, Henry Ford was a pretty good Gadget Freak himself -- a devoted hobbyist. Tesla as well. That's how it all starts.

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a.saji   11/28/2013 11:11:53 PM
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@Rob: True and I feel the gadget concept is rising again. It has started to capture the eyes of most of the people these days and they relate to different industries altogether.   

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Pubudu   11/30/2013 2:10:40 AM
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Yes a.saji We will have a great gadgets with these for sure, All the very best for the all. 

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a.saji   11/30/2013 11:30:01 AM
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@Pubudu: Great thought but still you have to be wise here. Waste management have to be properly taken care of. If not it will be an utter waste in the end.   

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shehan   11/30/2013 9:59:23 PM
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I want to see who the winner is and what the proposed gadget is. It impressive how the society now gives place to ideas and innovation.

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shehan   11/30/2013 9:56:37 PM
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@a.saji – Gadgets are very famous among most of us these days, it's all about innovation 

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Rob Spiegel   12/2/2013 7:43:40 PM
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A.saji, I agree that gadgets are catching on. This is particularly true with kids. Between Lego MindStorms and Adruino, kids are becoming gadget freaks.

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Rob Spiegel   12/2/2013 7:43:48 PM
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A.saji, I agree that gadgets are catching on. This is particularly true with kids. Between Lego MindStorms and Adruino, kids are becoming gadget freaks.

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Cabe Atwell   1/20/2014 5:39:55 PM
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You can head over here and vote for your favorite gadget from these finalists: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1362&doc_id=270108&itc=dn_firststop_element&

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AnandY   11/29/2013 12:18:03 PM
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This year's finalists for the Gadget Freak of the Year definitely deserve to be there and even though I have not followed the progress this year as much as I would have loved to, it looks like Andrew Morris has all but bagged this one, especially with 'A gadget's call for assistance' which is, in my view, very practical innovation and one that could easily trickle down to the masses

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Re: Hartman
AnandY   11/29/2013 12:49:01 PM
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Jacob Hartman's project, 'Gloved hand controls airplane's flight' seems to be the most advanced in terms of technology out of the list of the final four contenders for the Gadget freak of the year. That said, am sure that aviation authorities will have a lot to say before this gadget eventually finds commercial application and this, to some extent, reduces its practicability. 

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