As we move through the Gadget Freaks from the past, we getting into much more complex gadgets that mostly solve actual problems.
This collection includes everything from a digital timer for night swimming to an automated doggie doors that frees the pooch remotely.
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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.