Dear Reader: For our first annual Valentine’s special edition of Gadget Freak we pulled out some of our most precious Gadget Freaks from the Design News archives. Just click on the link to review Gadget Freaks that address affairs of the heart. Dick Neubert, Engineer and Gadget Freak editor
Avoiding Doggus Interrupt-Us Planning a romantic evening at home? Les designed a remote control door opener so you don’t have to manually let Fido out of his cage. The system consists of a clevis mounted to the shaft of a solenoid and the door latch of the cage. Get Build Instructions | Post a Comment
Extra long-lasting Dripless Candles A candlelight dinner? Relax and enjoy the lambent halos and silhouettes. With electronic flame flicker there's no hurry – the candles never burn down and they won't get wax on your tablecloth. But use real ones around the hot tub. Get Build Instructions | Post a Comment
Les Wears His Silicon on His Sleeve If you’re looking for cool way to wow that special someone on Valentine’s Day/birthday/whatever, build her a flashing heart made from LEDs driven by a programmable microcontroller. Les Grant’s gadget is simple to build and made from easily-obtainable parts. Get Build Instructions | Post a Comment
Staying Cool in a Hot Tent Happy campers Bruce Field and daughter Ellie love their portable heating/cooling device built to maintain a constant and comfortable temperature inside their tent. To ensure climate control, they married a room air-conditioner and tent with slinky-type dryer ducting. Get Build Instructions | Post a Comment
Avoiding Doggus Interrupt-Us Extra long-lasting Dripless Candles Les Wears His Silicon on His Sleeve Staying Cool in a Hot Tent View all the gadgets Contact Us
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