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Jennifer Campbell
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Another tough choice!
Jennifer Campbell   9/16/2013 8:31:18 AM
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Another tough choice in Round 2 of our Gadget Freak contest. Don't forget to vote! And then check back to see how your pick is doing. Round 3 starts Sept. 30.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Another tough choice!
Rob Spiegel   9/16/2013 9:35:40 AM
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Yes, Jenn, it is another tough choice. I think readers are going to be surprised by ahe amazing variety of gadgets we've presented over the past year. They range from the wildly whimsical to the straight up practical.

richnass
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Re: Another tough choice!
richnass   9/16/2013 10:07:04 AM
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Can you tell us who won Round 1, and provide a link to that entry?

Jennifer Campbell
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Re: Another tough choice!
Jennifer Campbell   9/16/2013 10:25:43 AM
The winner of Round 1, with 55.83% of the vote, is Gadget Freak Case #242: A Gadget's Call For Assistance.

 

 

 

Charles Murray
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Re: Another tough choice!
Charles Murray   9/16/2013 7:49:05 PM
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It's tough for me to vote against the gloved hand that controls the airplane. I could see that being adopted by hobbyists.

Jennifer Campbell
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Re: Another tough choice!
Jennifer Campbell   9/17/2013 7:59:41 AM
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It looks like the race is heating up between the airplane and the MEMS telescope. Who do you think will win?

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Another tough choice!
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   9/17/2013 4:06:01 PM
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Gloved Hand for Airplane control has the most engineering cooperating as a System, so I found it most impressive, and give it my vote.   I was impressed with the 'bend-sensor' affecting the RPM of the motor; I never saw one of those before.

 Overall, "gesture" controls have been on the drawing boards for at least 10 years or so, but I still haven't actually seen one fully characterized for real-use, (like in the movie, "Minority Report" from 2002).

apresher
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Gadget Freak
apresher   9/17/2013 3:05:28 PM
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I'm with Chuck. Gloved hand controlling airplane. Great hobbyist addition.

Charles Murray
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Re: Gadget Freak
Charles Murray   9/17/2013 6:28:18 PM
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Yes, Al, I expect to see glove-handed hobbyists wearing these things in about a decade.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Gadget Freak
Rob Spiegel   9/18/2013 11:11:00 AM
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Looks like the gloved hand may be a runaway winner here. It's often the product developed by students that become the cool gadget.

AnandY
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RE: Another tough choice
AnandY   9/19/2013 1:52:38 AM
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This is not as easy as it may sound especially for people who are fans of technology like me. These are quite a lot of options but I think the one that takes the show is the glove hand that controls an airplane. This kind of technology could be used for so many purposes that would ensure that there are more efficient services. Imagine having something moved from one place to another by air without having to move a muscle. The others are also good but personally I would prefer the glove hand. This is a very nice way of encouraging people to come up with new technology.

AnandY
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RE: Another tough choice
AnandY   9/19/2013 1:52:38 AM
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This is not as easy as it may sound especially for people who are fans of technology like me. These are quite a lot of options but I think the one that takes the show is the glove hand that controls an airplane. This kind of technology could be used for so many purposes that would ensure that there are more efficient services. Imagine having something moved from one place to another by air without having to move a muscle. The others are also good but personally I would prefer the glove hand. This is a very nice way of encouraging people to come up with new technology.

Rob Spiegel
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RE: Another tough choice
Rob Spiegel   9/20/2013 10:52:37 AM
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I agree, AnandY. The gloved hand is inspirational. Last year we saw another Gadget Freak project that utilized a glove for control.

mrdon
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RE: Another tough choice
mrdon   9/21/2013 11:37:57 PM
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Rob,

The gloved hand controller is definitely the Gadget Freak of the Year. Gesture Controls are becoming mainstream in the video gaming industry along with CAD/Graphics Design tools manufacturers. Also, the students documentation was well written and easy to follow for assembly.

Rob Spiegel
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RE: Another tough choice
Rob Spiegel   9/22/2013 3:55:42 PM
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Good ploint, MrDon, but this is just stage two of a six-stage Gadget Freak competition. We have plenty more gadgets to present.

mrdon
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RE: Another tough choice
mrdon   9/22/2013 7:32:40 PM
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Rob,

Ok, thanks for informing me. Rob, just what is the complete process of the Gadget Freak competition?

Rob Spiegel
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RE: Another tough choice
Rob Spiegel   10/1/2013 2:27:16 PM
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Hey MrDon, send me an email (so I will have your email), and I'll send along the detailed instructions:  rob.spiegel@ubm.com

mrdon
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RE: Another tough choice
mrdon   10/7/2013 2:01:14 PM
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Rob,

 

I most definitely will send you my email address. Thanks!

Rob Spiegel
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RE: Another tough choice
Rob Spiegel   10/7/2013 4:56:35 PM
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Got it, MrDon. The instructions are on the way. Can't wait to see gadgets coming in from you and your students.

mrdon
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RE: Another tough choice
mrdon   10/7/2013 5:09:46 PM
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Rob,

 

Got the email with the instructions. Thanks!

Rob Spiegel
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RE: Another tough choice
Rob Spiegel   9/22/2013 3:57:18 PM
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Also MrDon, we eagerly anticipate Gadget Freak submissions from you and your students.

mrdon
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RE: Another tough choice
mrdon   9/22/2013 7:37:37 PM
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Rob,

I have writing Gadget Freak projects on my do to list. Currently wrapping up 2 book projects along with developing curriculum, running, and teaching courses in the Electronics Department at Lawrence County Center of Techonology. Also, teaching at ITT Technical Institute's Electrical Engineering Tech classes. There's a new group of students I will be showing a couple of Gadget Freak videos to peak their interest in submitting a project/video.

Rob Spiegel
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RE: Another tough choice
Rob Spiegel   10/1/2013 2:25:35 PM
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Thanks MrDon. I hope the videos inspire your students. Let's hear about ethical engineering. Is it new? What does it cover. Sounds like a good blog for Design News.

mrdon
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RE: Another tough choice
mrdon   10/7/2013 2:07:02 PM
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Rob,

I know the Gadget Freak videos are inspiring me to continue researching the latest technologies and share them with my students. Just curious if Design News is looking for blogging material on ethical engineering: if so when shall the first blog be posted?

Rob Spiegel
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RE: Another tough choice
Rob Spiegel   10/7/2013 4:58:21 PM
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Let me check into this MrDon. In the meantime, could you let me know what subjects get covered in ethical engineering?

mrdon
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RE: Another tough choice
mrdon   10/7/2013 5:15:51 PM
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Rob,

There's some very interesting information regarding Ethical Engineering on Wikipedia. See the link below.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engineering_ethics

Rob Spiegel
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RE: Another tough choice
Rob Spiegel   10/8/2013 8:15:35 AM
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This link is very helpful. Thanks MrDon.

NadineJ
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less cuteness but still cool
NadineJ   9/30/2013 10:19:51 PM
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Ater seeing the post for round 3, I realised that I missed round 2.  These are all cool. 

It's fun to revisit the best of the best.



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