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Our pals at Design News put together a few electronics projects for Valentine’s day…

Avoiding Doggus Interrupt-Us
Planning a romantic evening at home? Les designed a remote control door opener so you don’t have to manually let Fido out of his cage. The system consists of a clevis mounted to the shaft of a solenoid and the door latch of the cage –
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Flame Flicker Effect Extra long-lasting Dripless Candles
A candlelight dinner? Relax and enjoy the lambent halos and silhouettes. With electronic flame flicker there’s no hurry – the candles never burn down and they won’t get wax on your tablecloth. But use real ones around the hot tub –
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Les Wears His Silicon on His Sleeve
If you’re looking for cool way to wow that special someone on Valentine’s Day/birthday/whatever, build her a flashing heart made from LEDs driven by a programmable microcontroller. Les Grant’s gadget is simple to build and made from easily-obtainable parts –
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Staying Cool in a Hot Tent
Happy campers Bruce Field and daughter Ellie love their portable heating/cooling device built to maintain a constant and comfortable temperature inside their tent. To ensure climate control, they married a room air-conditioner and tent with slinky-type dryer ducting –
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First annual Valentine’s special edition of Gadget Freak – Link.