Jacob Hartman's project, 'Gloved hand controls airplane's flight' seems to be the most advanced in terms of technology out of the list of the final four contenders for the Gadget freak of the year. That said, am sure that aviation authorities will have a lot to say before this gadget eventually finds commercial application and this, to some extent, reduces its practicability.
This year's finalists for the Gadget Freak of the Year definitely deserve to be there and even though I have not followed the progress this year as much as I would have loved to, it looks like Andrew Morris has all but bagged this one, especially with 'A gadget's call for assistance' which is, in my view, very practical innovation and one that could easily trickle down to the masses
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