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Rob Spiegel
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Re: Good for a laugh
Rob Spiegel   12/6/2011 10:18:42 AM
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Actually Jenn, we did have a Gadget Freak entry by a woman. It was exactly a year ago. Here's the link:

http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=229830

Gadget Freak 176: Surround Sound Fun in 3D

It was submitted by Raven Sanders, a engineering student at SMU. I remember because it was so unusual to get a Gadget Freak from a woman.

Jennifer Campbell
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Re: best GF
Jennifer Campbell   12/6/2011 10:07:00 AM
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And stretch the limits many of our Gadget Freak contributors often do! Going back a few years, my favorite invention would probably be the "beer chucking" refrigerator - you just have to make sure you catch it!

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best GF
vimalkumarp   12/5/2011 11:27:25 PM
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Charles, necessity here is the engineering desire. I agree with you on the necessity aspects of some of the projects, ,but then that is nothing but an attempt to stretch the limits of possibilities..!

Charles Murray
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Re: GF projects
Charles Murray   12/5/2011 11:23:47 PM
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Yes, necessity is the mother of invention. But I have to admit that I'm scratching my head as to the necessity behind the e-volo. Great design, but this may be the exception to the necessity rule.

vimalkumarp
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GF projects
vimalkumarp   12/5/2011 10:24:37 PM
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Necessity is really the mother of invention. But it is also the telling proof of man's desire to highlight his existence. Engineering is indeed making the world a better place to live. These GF projects send that message that there is light always at the end of the tunnel. This is a must watch for all the budding engineers...!

 

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   12/5/2011 9:26:10 PM
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It's hard to beat the e-volo, but I do like Turbo Dave's jet engine, made from $85 worth of junk parts. Our Department of Defense procurement people need to talk to Dave.

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Submit your Gadget Freak
Alexander Wolfe   12/5/2011 4:47:10 PM
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As content director of Design News, I'd like to invite readers who enjoyed this article to register for the site (here) and also to send me any suggests for stories, including potential Gadget Freaks. Write to me at alex.wolfe@ubm.com

 

Jennifer Campbell
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Re: Good for a laugh
Jennifer Campbell   12/5/2011 4:14:09 PM
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Another thought: In all my years at Design News, I have never once seen a Gadget Freak project submitted by a woman. Come on ladies!

Lauren Muskett
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Re: Good for a laugh
Lauren Muskett   12/5/2011 4:13:40 PM
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The e-volvo manned electric helicopter is my favorite one as well, but i would totally want to test it out!


Beth Stackpole
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Re: Good for a laugh
Beth Stackpole   12/5/2011 3:43:53 PM
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I definitely can see the JT resemblance--how funny. But beyond the beer pong, my personal favorite was the e-volvo manned electric helicopter. That's one strange looking gadget and not one I'd want to personally test, but ... looks like some serious ingenuity!

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