Ed Nauman had a bad habit of leaving
his workshop at night without turning off the heater. His wife would get up in
the morning and find - to her consternation - the workshop was plenty toasty.
In the interest of keeping peace in his household, Ed decided to create a
gadget that would save the energy spent through forgetfulness. He knew he could
buy an off-the-shelf solution, but as he says, "Where's the fun in that?"
Instead, Ed turned to the world of thermostats and microcontrollers.
A recent survey conducted by CadSoft found that engineers involved in PCB design are increasingly targeting a variety of applications, with some of the most popular including control systems, open hardware, and robotics.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a variety of gadgets, including a remote-controlled helicopter that folds into its own controller, a 3D panoramic camera, and a personal 3D printer that sells at the (relatively) low cost of $1,300.