Benjamin Heckendorn is not an engineer, but what the heck? The Ben Heck Show is still the most watched engineering program on the Internet with more than 7 million viewers worldwide. With 77 episodes in the can and in its third season, The Ben Heck Show -- sponsored by Element14 -- has shown engineers how to prototype more than 50 of the most zany yet sought-after you-build-it projects in the history of engineering -- from a mailbox that tells you when it's just gotten a delivery to robot luggage that follows you around the airport hands-free.
Now the show -- or at least Heckendorn -- is coming to DESIGN West. Even though the point of The Ben Heck Show is entertainment, rather than product development, Heckendorn has amassed a plethora of anecdotes about building engineering prototypes to share with you at his DESIGN West 2013 session "What the Heck is That? Prototyping Tales of Horror from Ben Heck" on Tuesday, April 23, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
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What a great suggestion/offer for the students. Nice way to promote skills and receive a monetary payment as well. I have a couple of Gadget Freak projects I need to submit as well when my schedule settles down with writing 2 books, teaching 5 electrical engineering tech classes, and developing/teaching Raspberry Pi courses for MakerMedia via Udemy.
Hey, MrDon, if any of your students create projects that might fit into the Design News Gadget Freak section, please let me know. There's $500 in it for the student or team that submits a good gadget. You can send them along to:
If you want of list of the elements we need to present a Gadget Freak to our readers, send along your email address and I'll send the Gadget Freak instructions.
Rob, I agree what a great show. I've shown Ben Heck videos to my ITT Tech Electrical Engineering Tech students to motivate and inspire them to create cool and awesome Capstone Projects. It's amazing how he's able to build these projects without having a engineering background. The desire to learn and try new things goes along way!
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