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Gadget Freak of the Year: the Winner Is ...

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Elizabeth M
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Congratulations to a well-deserved competitor
Elizabeth M   12/16/2013 6:23:05 AM
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Congratulations, Andrew! This gadget is quite inspiring, clever and best of all, is helping someone in need. Devices that improve the lives of people who have been affected by a medical condition are in my opinion some of the best invented. My mother suffered a stroke two and a half years before she passed away and I know how difficult it was for my father to care for her. Thank you for creating something to help people in a similar situation. But also a congratulations to all the competitors.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Congratulations to a well-deserved competitor
Rob Spiegel   12/16/2013 2:51:31 PM
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And don't forget, you can see Andrew's gadget (and another gadget surprise) at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show on February 11 -- 13 in Anaheim.

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Re: Congratulations to a well-deserved competitor
Charles Murray   12/16/2013 8:15:37 PM
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Congrats, Andrew! We'll be looking for your gadget at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show.

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Congratulations from a fellow Gadget Freak
78RPM   12/16/2013 1:08:54 PM
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Congratulations, Andrew, from a fellow competitor. Well deserved.

Mydesign
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Congrats Andrew
Mydesign   12/17/2013 1:03:05 AM
"A Gadget's Call for Assistance. He told Design News he created the gadget to help a specific person. "I designed this gadget because a woman had been referred to me whose husband had been paralyzed by a stroke. He was unable to call for help in an easily audible manner," Morris said. "This made it difficult for his live-in caregiver to get a good night's sleep. She had to sleep with 'one ear open.' This device solved her problem."

Andrew, congrats. Hope this will device will get productized and commercialize, so that many people's can use it at various instances, especially for medical aid.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   12/17/2013 5:14:08 AM
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Indeed, as you say, Mydesign, this has great potential for commercial application. As I recall now, I think my mom had some kind of call button for my dad so she could tell him when she needed help. But she was pretty conscious and able to do that. A patient who is more critical couldn't. Again, kudos to this designer!

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Mydesign   12/19/2013 10:50:21 PM
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"this has great potential for commercial application. As I recall now, I think my mom had some kind of call button for my dad so she could tell him when she needed help. But she was pretty conscious and able to do that. A patient who is more critical couldn't"

Elizabeth, there many such requirements in health care domain especially with patient assistance/aid systems. So commercializing such designs can have a good potential for business

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mrdon   12/22/2013 2:38:06 PM
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Mydesign,

I agree. I had the same notion while watching Andrew's Gadget Freak video about the commercial appeal to the healthcare industry. I believe his BOM cost wasn't significant and therefore would easily turn a profit. Andrew's device definitely has a lot of customer appeal (easy to use) and with the right investment can become a purchasable product. 

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Mydesign   12/23/2013 3:35:50 AM
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"I agree. I had the same notion while watching Andrew's Gadget Freak video about the commercial appeal to the healthcare industry. I believe his BOM cost wasn't significant and therefore would easily turn a profit. Andrew's device definitely has a lot of customer appeal (easy to use) and with the right investment can become a purchasable product. "

Mrdon, if peoples feel that the device is useful, then cost won't be a factor. Moreover bulk production and direct marketing strategies can lower the price to an affordable level.

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mrdon   1/20/2014 1:32:18 PM
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Mydesign

 

All good points. Cost is a challenging item to get a grasp on because of the marketplace driven by people's spending habits. As you pointed out, if a product meets a certain emotional or physical need more than likely people will buy it at top market value price.

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Mydesign   1/23/2014 4:45:37 AM
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"Cost is a challenging item to get a grasp on because of the marketplace driven by people's spending habits. As you pointed out, if a product meets a certain emotional or physical need more than likely people will buy it at top market value price."

Mrdon, anything which at a lesser piece than existing models can grab the market at a short time.

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Mydesign   12/30/2013 11:19:21 PM
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"I agree. I had the same notion while watching Andrew's Gadget Freak video about the commercial appeal to the healthcare industry. I believe his BOM cost wasn't significant and therefore would easily turn a profit. Andrew's device definitely has a lot of customer appeal (easy to use) and with the right investment can become a purchasable product. "

Mrdon, any new device or technology for health care domain can capture market within a short span of time. Peoples are much concerned about health than anything.

mrdon
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mrdon   1/20/2014 12:45:48 PM
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Mydesign

Thanks for the comment. I just read in the Sunday 1/19/14 Huntsville Times edition that Google has step into the healthcare arena with a contact lense that can detect glucose in tears. The glucose monitoring device market is expected to be more than $16 billion by the end of this year, according to analysis at Renub Research. Agreed, definitely alot of opportunities in the healtcare industry.

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Mydesign   1/23/2014 4:43:04 AM
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"I just read in the Sunday 1/19/14 Huntsville Times edition that Google has step into the healthcare arena with a contact lense that can detect glucose in tears. The glucose monitoring device market is expected to be more than $16 billion by the end of this year, according to analysis at Renub Research. Agreed, definitely alot of opportunities in the healtcare industry."

Mrdron, diabetic, BP (Blood Pressure) and Cholesterol are the main lifestyle diseases, which can get effected by anybody. Google know the business trends and hence they are coming up with new technology.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   12/18/2013 7:20:30 AM
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Good point, MyDesign. The pure usefulness of this design is what brought it to the winner's circle.

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Mydesign   12/19/2013 10:51:24 PM
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"The pure usefulness of this design is what brought it to the winner's circle."

Rob, you are not wrong, great decession.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   12/20/2013 8:33:14 AM
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There were a lot of decision makers, MyDesign. Adding up the votes in the semi-finals and the final face-off, it totals more than a thousand.

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Gaadget Freak Winner
j-allen   12/17/2013 9:53:15 AM
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Further kudos to Andrew for turning his talent away from warfare, and dedicating his skill to helping people in need.  His invention, ironically, may even help those maimed in war. 

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Rob Spiegel   12/17/2013 1:15:08 PM
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Great point, J-allen. who knows where this gadget may end up. I hope Andrew gets plenty of exposure with this gadgdet.

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mrdon   12/22/2013 2:29:34 PM
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j-allen

I agree. Andrew has a special inventor's quality that is rare in today's society and that is to use his gift of inventing to make a difference in someone's life. Congratulations Andrew and keep up the good work!

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Congratulation
Habib Tariq   12/17/2013 7:25:55 PM
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Congratulations Andrew. A very great gadget you have produced out there. I especially liked the part on how you could detect the gaps and modify it accordingly to the user's voice. I hope someone can invest further on this gadget and produce it on large scale.   

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   12/18/2013 1:21:25 PM
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Who knows, Habib. Andrew's gadget will certainly get a lot of exposure when he takes it to the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim this February.

armorris
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Thanks for your kind words
armorris   12/23/2013 1:22:53 PM
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Thank you all so much for your kind words. I'm very much looking forward to my trip to California. I plan on taking all three of the gadgets I had in this contest to show off at the trade show. Thanks again!

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Thanks for your kind words
Rob Spiegel   12/23/2013 4:27:20 PM
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Hey Andrew, glad to hear you'll be bringing all three winning gadgets.

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