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It's been a long day of demos, tough questions and talking to potential consumers for our Insert Coin competitors. But the judges and readers have spoken, and we have our five finalists. MyBell, DIWire, GrowCubes, Smart Power Strip and BlinkScan will be moving on to the next round where they'll be competing for two prizes: one awarded by our panel of judges, and the other chosen by you the readers. Your vote here will select the winner of the $15,000 Reader's Choice Award from the slate of the five finalists. Read more about each project, along with the finalist projects, before casting your vote very carefully. Voting starts at 6:30 PM EST on Saturday, November 9 and closes at 4:30 PM EST on Sunday, November 10!

Blinkscan

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Scan several individual images in an instant. BlinkScan can snap up to 64 items in a single go, cropping each and saving them as separate files without ever opening photo-editing software.

DIWire Bender

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We've seen desktop 3D printing explode over the past few years and milling doesn't seem all that far behind. Wire-bending, on the other hand, is another story -- albeit one with some pretty cool visuals. Connect the DIWire to your computer and you'll be bending wire-based creations in minutes.

GrowCubes

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How to grow healthy produce when you live in the big city? These stackable appliances adjust lighting and utilize aeroponic nutrient sprays to help you grow fruits and vegetables in the relative comfort of your urban dwelling.

MyBell

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A modern rethink of the ubiquitous metal bike bell, MyBell lets you customize electronic sounds and lights, to make sure the rest of the world gets out of your way.

Smart Power Strip

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A powerstrip-based take on home automation. Plug your appliances in and you can remotely control them via smartphone. The included app alerts you to power consumption and a built-in module allows other smart devices to interact with your automated home.