Posts tagged #gadgets

Katie Linendoll's Favorite Back to School Gadgets

Back to School

With school fully back in session and the leaves already changing (where does the time go!!) I wanted to suggest a few "We’re fully back to school gadgets."  I’ve found these to be fun and STEM resourceful for my friends, who are parents, as well as my own school-aged nieces and nephews.

With the football and soccer games well underway it’s important to stay warm and dry on those rainy days when you are cheering on your kids.  These ingenious all-weather pods come in a variety of colors and sizes including a doubled-up version that can even house both ‘rents.  They fold up easily into lightweight portable bags that are easy to carry and then stash in the trunk.

Find My Friends, Free

If your child is old enough to have a smart phone this is an app can provide some piece-of-mind on their whereabouts.  Through satellite tracking Find Friends shares an individual’s location (with their permission) by dropping a pin on a map, showing you exactly where they are.  Note this app is specific to the Apple iPhone.

After School Creativity

Magformers, Starting at $24.99


Waging that ongoing battle to cut down on the screen time after school?  Magformers are a great option that take traditional brick building blocks into the 21st century.  These colorful, sturdy blocks engage kids and allow them to create advanced structures with magnets, motors and sensors. Challenge your child to build a log cabin, a walking robot or even a circular UFO! 

Play-doh Touch to Life, Starting at $27.50


Every child loves play-doh! This creative spin on the legendary craft enables your child to bring their masterpiece to life. First, kids make unique characters with the included doh, tools and stampers. Next, mom or dad downloads the app, scans their creation and then Voila, the child proudly watches as it magically comes to life on the screen. My nieces and nephew played with this one for hours.

Sleep Shepherd, starting at $29.95

Created by a father whose daughter (then in high school) had sleep issues, the Sleep Shepherd is an all-natural approach to helping child (or adult!) get the restful sleep that they need. Sleep Shepherd Blue can help your child fall asleep using soothing binaural tones. Then once their asleep it helps to track and analyze their sleep in real-time with brainwave sensors and biometric feedback, so you can work together to improve sleep habits and set healthy goals.

Fore more of my favorite tech and gadgets, check out my Gadget Page!

Posted on October 4, 2018 and filed under Tech.

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Katie's Hottest Tech Gadgets for Summer on Good Day Rochester

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Katie.Show | EP 80: Matt O'Brien: eSports - Is the next athlete digital?

Can you make a career out of being a professional gamer? Its legit. The world of eSports and professional gaming has grown like crazy over the past few years. What many would write off as activities taking place in a parents basement are now selling out Madison Square Garden, attracting jaw dropping numbers of online streams, and earning pros prizes in the millions. Heck its even being considered as an Olympic sport!  Katie Linendoll chats with Matt O'Brien who is leading the charge for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their own eSports partnerships.

Katie.Show | EP 79: Sven Gerjets: CTO of Mattel

We often think that the toy industry is just about fun and games, but when it comes to the financial market it's a 26 billion dollar industry in the US alone! Katie Linendoll sits down to talk toys with Sven Gerjets CTO of Mattel at the Toy Fair 2018.  Topics include Mattel's vision to accommodate the modern tech kid; how they can take an iconic brand like Hot Wheels and give it an upgrade for the next generation; and how they are addressing privacy concerns with connected toys (something we never worried about in the Olden Days).

Posted on February 19, 2018 and filed under Katie.Show.

It’s here! My 2017 holiday gift guide is LIVE!

As we celebrate the approach of this wonderful season, it’s time to share some of my top holiday picks! From high-tech to STEM toys, to travel gadgets that are a must - I think you’ll find at least a few items for those special people in your life, and maybe even a few secret surprises for yourself!

Posted on November 14, 2017 and filed under Online.

These are the Hottest New Beauty Gadgets to Try Now

When shopping for health and beauty products, the list is long and the sheer scope can be overwhelming. Since I am frequently reporting on-air, keeping up with the latest makeup and beauty trends is part of my professional life and I am constantly testing out new gadgets and gizmos. Now, let me share what I've learned with you!

Posted on June 16, 2017 and filed under Online.

Katie.Show | EP 67: It's Hi-Tech behind the scenes at the Cleveland Cavs' Arena

Technology is changing sports arenas and enhancing the fan experience. An inside look at the Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena. A chat with Priya Narasimhan, who is the founder of Yinzcam, and creator of over 160 professional team apps.  Katie also talks with Mike Conley, VP Digital for Cleveland Cavaliers, who is on the forefront of augmented reality, virtual reality, beacons and analytics. Together these two experts provide a high tech experience before the fans even step into the the arena.

Katie.Show | EP 59: Tom Gillis - On the Front Lines of Cybersecurity

Is our heavily connected information society safe within the "Internet of Things?" How do we stop the rise of super sophisticated phishing schemes that have successfully hacked millions of users?  Tom Gillis, a former VP of Cisco Security and now the founder of Bracket Computing, a cybersecurity company, tackles these questions and also explains what the world’s largest financial institutions need to do in order to protect their networks.  Tom and Katie also chat about the cutting edge security software that Bracket Computing just unveiled at the RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco. 

Introducing Katie Show Live

Attention all you fabulous inventors, entrepreneurs and publicists out there - you can pitch your tech to Katie Linendoll and her audience on Facebook Live!  Katie chats with Sam Roberts about the launch of her new show "Katie Show Live."  They also (not surprisingly) tell some random stories.