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Techstination contains a wide assortment of reviews and interviews. Technology correspondent Fred Fishkin talks about the latest trends, the people behind the products and some of the off-beat things you can find online.


Technology Will Save Us focuses on STEM kits for kids
October 2017

Toys that help kids learn about science, technology, engineering and math are growing in popularity….with toy makers big and small jumping in the game. A start up called Technology Will Save Us…is among the most innovative around. One of the cool new kits it has on the market is called Electro Dough. Kids can make their own conductive dough….kind of like Play Doh….and then use it to make things that light up or make sounds. Coming soon is the Electro Machines Kit. Head of Retail Luke Young…

“So if you imagine what kids are making with Play Doh anyway, they’re making dogs and unicorns and dinosaurs, this allows them to add movement to them and allows their imagination to come to life.”


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Ready Mobile using Groove to battle distracted driving
October 2017

Ready Mobile is getting in the Groove to help customers battle distracted driving. The mobile carrier is partnering with a company called Katasi to offer a device called Groove….designed to block drivers from being distracted by their mobile device. Katasi CEO Scott Tibbitt says it plugs into a car’s diagnostic port….and enables Ready Mobile to block texting and certain other distracting apps…while allowing the phone to be used for things like navigation or music streaming…

“So once the drive starts, the driver’s identified and then these distractions are stopped before they even get to the handset. There’s nothing that even gets to the phone. Nobody knows there’s something that might tempt them to pick it up and try to figure out the message. And then when the key gets turned off at the end of the drive, within fifteen seconds, all of the function returns.”


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The Oregon Trail rides onto Minecraft Education Edition
October 2017

Many parents will remember perhaps the first computer game they encountered….most likely in school…was The Oregon Trail. Well, it’s back….as part of Microsoft’s Mincecraft” Education Edition. The director of the edition, Neal Manegold…

“What came to life was this incredibly engaging world that we released along with fifteen lesson plans that you can launch from inside the world all the way along the journey. As well as, I’ve already been in touch with some of the folks in our community, we call them Minecraft Mentors, who are already looking at ways that they can remix the world and add onto it and create new lesson plans off of it. And for me that’s been really amazing as a teacher and as a parent.”


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Google's new Pixel 2 phones arriving
October 2017

With two new phones, new Home speakers and more, Google is going after rivals like Apple, Samsung and Amazon in a big way. The phones are the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. They arrive in a couple of days. And so do the new earbuds called Pixel Buds, which leverage the power of the phones to instantly translate 40 languages. Google Technologist Daniel Sieberg…

“Let’s say you were traveling in Italy and encountered a native Italian speaker. If you spoke English wearing those Google Pixel Buds, out of the speaker in your phone, Italian would come out, one of forty languages. They could then respond in Italian and in your Pixel Buds, you will hear English.”


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Photog uses social media to lure leaf peepers and more
October 2017

Social media has been in the news a lot lately. And often not in a very favorable light. But if you want to get the word out about something like how great the fall foliage is this week in the mountains of West Virginia, there’s no faster or better way to do it than through Instagram, Facebook and more. Justin Harris is the photographer for Canaan Valley Resort…a state park in the West Virginia mountains…

“One of the main reasons is people want up to date photography that shows what the conditions are, whether it be in the wintertime when we have skiing here or in the fall when we have the leaf season here. They want to know what’s going on that day. And by being out on the mountain and taking those pictures on a daily basis, I’m able to post them day of.”


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KinderLab's KIBO robotic kit for kids
October 2017

A robotic kit for four year olds? That’s what a company called KinderLab has created with KIBO. It is crafted of wood…on the outside and uses blocks that are placed on Kibo that essentially program the little robot to carry out instructions. CEO Mitch Rosenberg…says the idea is to make STEM learning universal…

“The blocks are essentially a story that you want your robot to tell. But the next thing is you have to build a robot. So here’s a robot and as you’ll see there’s not much to him. He’s really basically a blank canvas because really what we’re teaching is creativity.”


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Logitech CRAFTs a better keyboard
October 2017

A more creative keyboard form Logitech. It’s called Craft, a new advanced keyboard for both Windows computers and Macs from Logitech that features a creative input dial that the company calls the Crown. It works in conjunction with a variety of software applications ….from Microsoft and Adobe…to enhance creativity. Beyond that, the high end keyboard, priced at about 200 dollars, is comfortable to work with and beautifully styled. Global Product Manager Arnaud Perret-Gentil…

“So every single detail about the design of this product has been really carefully crafted to make sure it’s a really high quality of build that feels great in your hands when you type on it, when you hold it and that it looks really great on your desk.”


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Plantronics' new Active Fitness Collection of headphones
October 2017

The latest headphones from Plantronics have a focus on fitness. The company, which designed the first headset used in space, has a new Active Fit Collection…and a partnership with the PEAR personalized fitness coaching app. It is bundled with the BackBeat Fit Training Edition. There are models with different wearing styles…The BackBeat Fit 500 headphones are over the ear. And the BackBeat Fit 300 uses a thin cord around the back of the neck. Product Marketing Manager Esther Yoon…

“This is really designed for the person who is looking for one device to rule them all. They want something that can easily transition between gym to whether they are running errands or on their commute.”


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The fall harvest of smartphones: Samsung's Galaxy Note 8
October 2017

Like every other fall season in recent memory…there’s a great harvest of new smartphones. I’ve been spending some time with Samsung’s latest flagship…the Note 8….and have found a great deal to like. Manufacturers are asking a lot of us….or at least a lot of our wallets….with prices approaching a thousand dollars…for the latest phones. What I really like about what the Note 8 delivers…is that big, 6.3 inch quad HD plus AMOLED display….a fast, wireless charging battery…that lasts through the day…and a camera that delivers rich, true to life photos…with HDR. Product Marketing Manager Greg Bartholomew says it also features Live Focus…

“So you can get that professional type of bokeh effect.”


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A smart clock for kids: Remi from UrbanHello
October 2017

Does your child need a smarter clock? A company called UrbanHello has created Remi….a clock that looks a bit like a smiley faced ghost from Pac-Man. In fact…the idea is the clock lights up with a smile to signal it’s wake up time and okay to get out of bed. When it shows a sleepy face the child learns they should be staying in bed. For infants…Remi can serve as an audio baby monitor that works with an app on a smartphone. It plays lullabies and serves as a nightlight too. Chief Marketing Officer Catherine Seys…

“It’s very, very flexible and it allows you to start teaching regular sleep routines to your kids which is very, very crucial for sleep


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