Can you build a cool gadget that you think you could sell?
Check out the MAKE/Design News Gadget Freak Design Contest, sponsored by Alibre, Allied Electronics and Texas Instruments. Create a gadget and document your build.
Important: Your gadget must incorporate electronic components and involve sensing, motion, timing and/or networking elements. The contest winner gets $1,000 and a chance to sell their gadget in kit form in the Makers Market (with setup and monthly fees waived for six months). What have you got to lose?
This Gadget Freak Review looks at a keyless Bluetooth padlock that works with your smartphone, along with a system that tracks your sleep behavior and wakes you at the perfect time in your sleep cycle to avoid morning grogginess.
Siemens released Intosite, a cloud-based, location-aware SaaS app that lets users navigate a virtual production facility in much of the same fashion as traversing through Google Earth. Users can access PLM, IT, and other pertinent information for specific points on a factory floor or at an outdoor location.
Since 1987, teams of engineers around the world have built solar cars to participate in a road race around Australia called the World Solar Challenge, being tested on the race time, kilometers traveled, practicality, and energy used by the vehicles they invent.
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