It's a Gadget Freak Blast From the Past

Since starting Gadget Freak we've seen a lot of amazing, creative, and sometimes outright weird stuff from our contributors. Here's a look of some of our favorite Gadget Freaks from years gone by

Rob Spiegel

March 11, 2016

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It's a Gadget Freak Blast From the Past

It's been years and years of Gadget Freaks. Design News launched its popular feature, Gadget Freak, more than a decade ago. Since then, we have posted nearly 300 original gadgets.

When we launched Gadget Freak, we didn’t even present original gadgets. We searched the Internet and collect what we thought was cool. One was the first Apple iPhone, which we found quite amazing. That quickly exploded into something quite larger than a quirky gadget.

The Gadget Freaks we’ve presented here are the first original gadgets that we began to present in 2009. As you’ll see in the slideshow (with links to each Gadget Freak presented), we started out with some very sophisticated devices. The goal was to offer something cool with sufficient instructions that would enable you to build it in your home shop.

Start the slideshow by clicking on the image below:

Check out the gadget that mows your lawn while you’re in the hammock. Click here.
(Source: Design News)


Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 15 years, 12 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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