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AT&T's latest smartwatch for kids is both easier and tougher

Sun, 09/11/2014 - 05:59
Your kids may be too young to put a Moto 360 or Pebble on their wrists, but that doesn't mean they'll have to go without a smartwatch. AT&T is now selling the FiLIP 2, an upgraded version of last year's hybrid kid locator and wrist-worn phone. The...

Ghosts in the room? It's just your frazzled brain

Sun, 09/11/2014 - 03:38
You know that "chill" in the air that makes you feel as if someone -- or something -- is watching you, lurking behind your back? It's referred to as a "feeling of presence" (FoP for short), and surprise: It has nothing to do with paranormal...

Cute robots make good filmmakers and maybe better companions

Sun, 09/11/2014 - 00:56
What is the last risk you took? Who do you love most in the world? If you died tomorrow, what would you regret the most? Posing those questions to your friends would probably net you a snide rejoinder, and a stranger would walk away in a huff (if you...

A colony on Mars will be the 'next giant leap for mankind'

Sun, 09/11/2014 - 00:15
Bas Lansdorp, CEO and co-founder of Mars One, is nothing if not ambitious. His dream is the stuff of science fiction -- not only does he want to put humans on Mars in 2025, but he wants to leave them there to establish a self-sufficient settlement....

Virtual reality has a future beyond video games, and it's already started

Sat, 08/11/2014 - 23:45
With devices like the Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus driving the public's interest in virtual reality, it's easy assume the future of VR lies in video games. It's a safe prediction, but it isn't right: "It's a broad category," Matterport's...

Learning circuits and programming with the Geek Squad

Sat, 08/11/2014 - 23:16
If you're ever made a gadget purchase at Best Buy, you've likely heard of the Geek Squad: the retailer's in-house fleet of tech support and repair specialists. Well, helping with your hard drive issues isn't all they do. Here at Expand NY, the crew...

3D printing is venturing beyond plastic and into your home

Sat, 08/11/2014 - 22:38
When you think of what 3D printing can do, you probably imagine simple plastic models and parts -- clever, but not exactly revolutionary. If you ask Dovetailed's Vaini Kainikaite and Make's Anna Kaziunas France, however, they'll tell you that 3D...

Even you can build your own social wearable

Sat, 08/11/2014 - 22:09
It's easier than you think to create your own wearable gadget -- assuming you're handy with a needle and thread. At Engadget Expand this weekend, Kate Hartman, an associate professor at OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University led...

DARPA goes beyond killer robots with prosthetics and Ebola research

Sat, 08/11/2014 - 21:26
DARPA, the military's mad science division, is also a master of PR -- we all cheer them on, even though they may be building a robot army that one day hunts us down. But the robots have become a cliche, of course. DARPA was actually founded to...

The top 9 tablets you can buy right now

Sat, 08/11/2014 - 20:43
The tablet market hasn't seen the turnover that smartphones have enjoyed, but there's still a steady stream of new and improved slates coming out. However, this time around we've only seen fit to add a couple of new devices to our buyer's guide...

60 seconds with the kit that makes everyone their own 'mini EPA'

Sat, 08/11/2014 - 19:59
Sure, there's plenty of consumer-focused gadgets in our Insert Coin competition. But at least one group has a much more altruistic vision. Public Lab wants everyone to have a spectrometer in their home that allows people to detect pollutants in their...

Limitations drive hip-hop producer RJD2's creativity

Sat, 08/11/2014 - 19:13
"Basically, I'm here to make records." For a musician who has access to any piece of kit under the sun, producer RJD2 prefers limits to keep him on task musically. Anything else -- restoring old synthesizers or building new ones -- is just a...

60 seconds with Hemingwrite, an E Ink typewriter

Sat, 08/11/2014 - 18:38
Between social networks, video games and the endless void of procrastination we call "the internet," computers can make pretty poor writing devices. Isn't there something better? Insert Coin contenders Adam Leeb and Patrick Paul think so -- they've...

60 seconds with the world's first Bluetooth padlock

Sat, 08/11/2014 - 17:29
In just a matter of three months, the Noke smart padlock managed to make its way from Kickstarter to our Expand event as an Insert Coin contender, so of course it's rather special. First of all, it's a Bluetooth 4.0-enabled steel bolt that can be...

Xbox One update arrives with customization and Twitter tie-ins

Sat, 08/11/2014 - 16:13
Have you been eager to customize your Xbox One profile, or share your gaming escapades on Twitter? Now's your chance. Microsoft has started rolling out its promised November update for its latest console, and it includes a ton of updates that let you...

60 seconds with a simple but smart home monitoring device

Sat, 08/11/2014 - 15:03
There are already plenty of ways to keep an eye on your abode from afar, so any new home monitoring product better have a fresh approach if it wants to stand out from the competition. For start-up Form Devices, the goal wasn't to create an elaborate,...

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