If you have created an interesting and useful gadget, the editors at Design News want to know about it. And if we publish information about your device, you get a cool $500 to buy stuff for your home lab, put in savings, or use however you want.
Previous Gadget Freak designs include a gopher chaser, a telescope clock drive, a holiday lights retractor, a Christmas tree light sequencer, a wind generator, an automated pet feeder, a rocket launcher, and a tracking Nerf gun to scare nighttime critters out of a garden. Your gadget or device could join this illustrious list.
Here's the deal: Your original Gadget Freak submission must include a description of your gadget and how it works, photos of your gadget, a photo of you, schematic and mechanical drawings, and a bill of materials (BOM). If you use a programmable device such as an FPGA or microcontroller, please send us the code, too. A short video is also required and can help the judges understand a gadget. Because Allied Electronics sponsors the Gadget Freak program, some of the items in your BOM should appear in Allied's catalog. The Gadget Freak committee discourages using odd or hard-to-find parts, such as a crankshaft from a 1948 Ford or a surplus circuit board from a NASA project.
To submit a project or ask about Gadget Freak in general, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "Gadget Freak" in your email subject line.
The editors of Design News have handpicked your favorite Gadget Freak cases from over the years, bringing them together in a dynamic digital edition, complete with videos, which you can view here.