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"Line-Up" (Chain-Link II) Quiz-Lockout System

October 1, 2019
For 25 years, our chain-link ("deluxe") system was our premier product. We've retired that design and introduced an improved version. Our new "Line-Up" system raises the chain-link system to higher standards -- improved electronics, interchangeable player boxes, and - most importantly - durable cords with no latching tabs. Click here for details.

We will continue to support the retired Chain-Link system ... overhauls, adding players, replacing parts, or obtaining service. Click here for details.

Increasing Capacity of "Traditional" Systems

September 24, 2019
The capacity for our popular "traditional" lockout system has been increased from 16 to 28 players. Systems ordered with 16 (or fewer) players will still have a capacity for 16 players. Click here for product information.

2-Player "Face-Off" & 3-Player "Game Show" Systems

August 5, 2015
We are proud to introduce a system perfect for one-on-one competitions and game-show simluations. Bright indicators show who was the winner of their feud! Click here for product information.


Shipping to Canada

February 15, 2013
We have had numerous complaints from our Canadian customers regarding a mysterious (and costly) "Brokerage fee" assessed by UPS when orders are delivered.  All future shipments to Canada (unless otherwise directed by the customer) will be via the postal system, priority service. Our Canadian shipping policy is here.

Revised pricing for Overhauls

February 1, 2013
We have simplified pricing of our overhaul services. Minor repairs and replaced parts are now included as part of the overhaul price. Please see our overhaul page and the respective order forms for details about each product.

Match Timer for Science Bowl


November 1, 2012
We've developed a timer that manages the timing in Science Bowl competitions -- where both the total time for the match and each question are important. Click here for more information.

Pushbutton Cables: custom lengths available
July  1, 2011:
Our handheld pushbutton is now available with custom-length cord... any length up to 50ft (the stock length is 5ft). These durable cords are terminated with a molded RCA plug.

Custom-length cords are very useful in applications where extension cords would be inconvenient or costly.

Prices for custom-length cables are listed on this order form (click here).

We now Accept American Express
May 1, 2011:
In response to customer demand, we have added American Express to the charge cards we accept.

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North Carolina Endorsement
July 1, 2010:
We are proud to have our products endorsed by the North Carolina  Association for Scholastic Activities. This partnership begins on July 1, 2010.

North Carolina has a quickly-growing program featuring academic quiz competition across the state.

One Year Warranties extended to Two Years
August 1, 2009:
We design all of our products for maximum durability and reliability. Our latest products: 4-in-1, Traditional, 10-Player, 1-2-3, and Tabletop Timer
have exceeded even our reliability expectations. Therefore, we are doubling the warranty on these products from ONE year to TWO years. As a courtesy to customers who have purchased these products, the warranties for their purchases will automatically be two years.
Tabletop Timer: compatible with all buzzers
May 1, 2009:
Our popular tabletop timer is now compatible with all of our buzzer systems. Customers wishing to upgrade older models (traditional, 10-player, and 4-in-1) should refer to the "replacement parts" order form for their product.
10-Player Buzzer System
September 4, 2007:
We are introducing a new product called "the 10-player system", a super-economical and ultra-durable system for 10 players. One coach recently called this "a game in a box... perfect for practice".  Complete information is available here.
1-2-3 Buzzer System
September 4, 2007:
We are introducing a new buzzer system that gives users the flexibility to see who buzzed in first AND who buzzed in second and third!  We're calling this system the 1-2-3.  Complete information is available here.
2007 Price Review
August 1, 2007:
As a regular part of our business, we review our prices on August 1st of each year. We are happy to announce that we will have no price increases this year!
2007 IHSSBCA Awards Banquet
April 21, 2007:
The founders, owners, and operators of Novel Electronic Designs, Inc. were honored this evening at the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association (IHSSBCA) annual awards banquet in Bloomington, Illinois.  Durwin and Pam Nigus were named the "Rob Grierson 2007 Friends of Scholastic Bowl".

Pictures from the event are here, and information about previous recipients is listed here.

Rob Grierson present the
award to Pam and Durwin Nigus.

The "2007  Friend of
Scholastic Bowl" Plaque.

2007 Illinois High School State Tournament
March 17, 2007:
Novel Electronic Design, Inc was proud to supply buzzer systems to this year's IHSA state final tournament at the Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois.

Our involvement with this well-run and prestigious tournament began in 1996, making this our 12th consecutive year.

Footnote: 15 of the 16 teams participating at this year's tournament are NED customers!


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