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Insert Coin finalist: Snapzoom scope smartphone adapter hands-on

One of five finalists in our first-annual Insert Coin: New Challengers competition, the Snapzoom is an adapter that lets you connect a smartphone to a telescope or a pair of binoculars for some long-range snapshots. We gave you a brief look at the product earlier in our contest, but we went …

Insert Coin semifinalist: Observos environmental monitoring sensors hands-on (video)

We first heard about Observos a month ago when it became a participant in our Insert Coin semifinals, but it wasn't until the Hexagonal Research product showed up at Engadget Expand that we were able to see working models of its environmentally aware sensors. Each sensor, which is shaped like a …

Insert Coin finalist: Make a Play Arduino-powered puppet show hands-on (video)

Puppet shows and tech rarely ever mix so succinctly: Insert Coin finalist Gal Sasson has taken the ages-old art form and put it on a motorized stage powered by Arduino, making it more entertaining and interactive in the process. The product, dubbed Make a Play, consists of a stage and control board …

ZBoard rolls out the San Francisco Special for the hilly city by the bay (video)

The guys at ZBoard made quite the splash at SXSW Interactive earlier this week -- riding an electric skateboard around the streets and conference halls of Austin will get you all sorts of attention, after all. Still, for all the love they got at the event, the startup opted to hold its latest …

Live from Expand: A conversation with Kickstarter Co-Founder Yancey Strickler (video)

Crowdfunding has completely changed the startup game, and nowhere is the site impact more felt more strongly than in the world of hardware manufacturers. Where launching a new piece of hardware once felt insurmountable, the charge lead by Kickstarter is helping to bring on a new era of platforms …

Live from Expand: 3D Printing Goes Mainstream (video)

Is 2013 the year that 3D printing goes mainstream? The technology is already decades-old, having been used to great effect in the world of industrial prototyping, but as more and more companies enter the fray, the world of consumer-facing printing seems less and less of a pipe dream. Is the world …

Insert Coin semifinalist: Radiator Labs rethinks steam heat, we go hands-on

If you've ever lived in a building that was heated by steam, there's a good chance that you've experienced comfort levels that were less than ideal. Now, Insert Coin semifinalist Radiator Labs is working to bring a solution to market that'll make your living space a lot more tolerable, and as an …

Visualized: 3D Systems' 3D-printed guitar, the Americana

Yep, the crazy looking guitar you see above from 3D Systems (being manhandled by our own Andy Bowen) was <i>printed</i>. Not created by machines or people, but pieced together by a 3D printer -- at least the body, that is. The neck, strings, and various jacks / knobs are all fabricated via other methods, …

Insert Coin finalist: Ziphius aquatic drone hands-on (video)

Joining the handful of Insert Coin finalists at Expand is Azorean's cute Ziphius aquatic drone. While Fort Mason is located by the seaside, the folks actually brought their own little pool along to let their Raspberry Pi-powered robot splash around in; though it can happily operate in seawater as …

Insert Coin semifinalist: Moedls 3D scanner for your phone hands-on

Moedls (pronounced moy-dles) inventor John Fehr, being a semifinalist in our Insert Coin competition, is obviously on hand here at Expand. While we were impressed with what we saw from afar, we were really excited to see the low-cost 3D scanner in person. The laser-cut housing for the lasers is …

Live from Expand: A Conversation with Nest Co-Founder Matt Rogers (video)

Nest answered that age old question: how to make the thermostat exciting? The startup has managed to bring the sleek and cutting edge technologies of mobile devices to the world of home temperature control, helping us to rethink the way we think about home automation in the process.<p>March 16, 2013 …

Insert Coin finalist: smARtPULSE open source, Bluetooth oximeter hands-on

Dimitri Albino is the proudly self-proclaimed smARtMAKER #1, and he's brought his company's Insert Coin finalist, the smARtPULSE oximeter, here to Expand. Using photodetection tech to produce readings of oxygen levels and pulse. While this is standard functionality, the company claims its advantage …

Insert Coin semifinalist: cSpring bipedal robot platform hands-on (video)

Those looking to tinker with humanoid robots aren't exactly lacking for options these days, but Cognitive Spring is taking a slightly different approach than most with its Arduino-based cSpring bipedal robot -- one of the semifinalists in the Insert Coin competition here at Expand. Rather than …

Live from Expand: Redesigning Mobile (video)

Kickstarter's Yancey Strickler backstage at Expand (video)

He's just taken the title of inaugural speaker here at Expand, now Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler is giving us even more face time in our first ever backstage interview. Since its launch in 2009, the crowdfunding powerhouse has become a household name, bringing us success stories like the …

Insert Coin semifinalist: Smart Knob puts a keypad lock on your door, we go hands-on

The Smart Knob promises a smarter, more secure deadbolt lock that lets us issue time-limited unlock codes or give trusted visitors a way in. Thanks to some hands-on time here at Engadget Expand, we've learned that it's even more clever than we thought. The PIN-verified, phone-based code generation …

Tim Stevens backstage at Expand (video)

Our own Tim Stevens (literally) rolled into Fort Mason this morning to kick off Expand and shortly after walked his way backstage to chat with Myriam Joire about -- you guessed it -- Expand. To find out more about where the event came from, where it is and where it's going, check out the full …

Nest's Matt Rogers backstage at Expand (video)

Hot off his interview on the Expand main stage, Matt Rogers, Founder and VP of Engineering at Nest, saddled up to the rather more temperate seat in our backstage interview room with Joseph Volpe. Among other things, Matt opened up about design in the 21st century household and Nest's ultimate plan …

Live from Expand: A Conversation With Google's Tamar Yehoshua (video)

We'll be joined by Google's director, product management Tamar Yehoshua, to discuss the ways in search is adapting to an ever more mobile-centric world -- and the role voice is playing in that transition.<p>March 16, 2013 4:15 PM EDT<p><i>Follow all of Engadget's Expand coverage live from San Francisco</i> …

Live from Expand: A Conversation With Julie Uhrman (video)

OUYA managed to capture the imagination of the Kickstarter community and tech world at large with its dream of a low-cost Android-based gaming console. We'll be speaking with Julie Uhrman, the company's CEO to discuss its plans to disrupt an industry controlled by three giants.<p>March 16, 2013 4:45 …

Live from Expand: Reprogramming: How Technology is Changing the Way We Watch TV (video)

March 16, 2013 5:15 PM EDT<p>What's next for television? We've got reps from Boxee, TiVo and Sling on hand to discuss the ways in which technology is evolving in the early 21st century.

Samsung's Dennis Miloseski backstage at Expand (video)

We had a chance to grill the head of Samsung's North American design studio, Dennis Miloseski, during our panel discussion about the growing sophistication of mobile devices here at Expand. As it turns out, he had even more to talk about, so we wired him up and threw him in the hot seat backstage. …

Live from Expand: Insert Coin New Challengers Demos (video)

You've seen plenty about our Insert Coin competitors on this very site -- and now it's time to see them in action. We've got some stage time with the finalists, who will be arguing for why they think they deserve that $20,000 grand prize.<p>March 16, 2013 6:00 PM EDT<p><i>For a full list of Expand sessions,</i> …

Google's Tamar Yehoshua backstage at Expand (video)

Tamar Yehoshua has led Google's efforts to optimize Search across platforms, devices and languages and earlier this afternoon she took to the Expand stage to discuss how the discovery process has changed. Following her talk, Brian Heater caught up with Tamar to chat about the evolution of search …

Ekso Bionics' robotic suit eyes-on (video)

Since last we saw the Ekso Bionics robotic suit, which helps folks with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness to stand up and walk, the $110,000 exoskeleton has been on the market for about a year. About 30 have sold so far, and the company's director of marketing and communications, Allison Sojka, …

Live from Expand: Lenovo ThinkPad: From Research to Design (video)

Lenovo's ThinkPad line is now 20 years old, and we're taking sometime to chat with Lenovo execs to discuss what's made the brand so popular among business-minded folks. In addition, we'll also take a look at how the outfit has kept the line relevant, and nab an exclusive glimpse of the outfit's …

Live from Expand: Robopocalypse: Now (video)

Top honchos of 3D Robotics, Willow Garage and Boston Dynamics (yes, of BigDog fame) join us -- and some mechanical pals -- to discuss the past, present and future of robotics.<p>March 17, 2013 2:15 PM EDT<p><i>For a full list of Expand sessions, be sure to check out our event hub.</i>

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Tom Rivellini backstage at Expand (video)

If you truly were terrified during the Seven Minutes of Terror that saw the Curiosity Rover successfully land on Mars, you can blame NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Tom Rivellini. As JPL's Principal Engineer for Entry Descent and Landing Systems, Rivellini co-invented the sky crane landing system …

Lenovo's Corinna Proctor and Jason Parrish backstage at Expand (video)

We spent some time on stage with two of the Lenovo's honchos to talk about how the ThinkPad brand has braved the test of time and take a look at what's next. The firm's Senior Research Manager Corinna Proctor and its director of ThinkPad strategy and planning stopped by backstage to chat a bit …

Boston Dynamic's Marc Raibert backstage at Expand (video)

Marc Raibert, president and chief robot lover of Boston Dynamics (of AlphaDog, BigDog and Pet-Proto fame), joined us on the Expand stage to discuss the present state and future of robotics. Raibert wound his way backstage and sat down with us to talk about the importance of biology's influences on …