Posts tagged #tech

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.

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.

Hands on with Nintendo Labo and interview with Nintendo's David Young

Nintendo recently announced Nintendo Labo – STEM focused interactive kits that work with Nintendo Switch. After a first hands on look (and build!) Katie Linendoll chatted with David Young, assistant manager PR Nintendo of America. Labo Variety and Robot kits will hit shelves April 20th.

Posted on February 5, 2018 and filed under Videos.

Katie.Show | EP 78: Hands on With Nintendo Labo

Nintendo recently announced Nintendo Labo – STEM-focused interactive kits that work with Nintendo Switch. After a first hands-on look (and build!) Katie Linendoll chatted with David Young, assistant manager PR Nintendo of America. Labo Variety and Robot kits will hit shelves April 20th.

Posted on February 2, 2018 and filed under Katie.Show.

TODAY: See the Technology of the Future at the Consumer Electronics Show

Every year, tens of thousands of people flock to the Consumer Electronics Show to check out what’s new and cool in tech – and this year, TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones and tech expert Katie Linendoll were two of them. TODAY follows them as they check out everything from a laundry-folding robot to self-driving cars.

Posted on January 22, 2018 and filed under On Air.

GE Smart Lighting Made Simple

In my work as a tech expert, I have found that many families are interested in integrating smart lighting into their homes, but feel overwhelmed by the many options and complexity. I am always wary of “tech just for tech’s sake.” In other words, if a family invests in smart lighting, it should be easy to install, functional and practical. That is why I am so excited to partner with GE. After so many years in the lighting business, I’ve seen that GE really understands their customer and practical ways to integrate the new lighting technology.

Posted on January 12, 2018 and filed under Tech.

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.

Katie at the Tom Shillue Show

The U.S. marriage rate is around 50%. Not too long ago, it was much higher! And when people got married, they got married much younger. Tom asked Comedian Joe Devito and the callers what's behind this shift in our culture! And as many would expect, most of the male callers blamed women. Then, Katie Linendoll, Emmy Award winning Tech Expert, had early access to Apple's new iPhone 8 and gave Tom her own personal review of the phone!

Posted on September 19, 2017 and filed under On Air.

Katie.Show | EP 73: The Batcole Foundation - Fighting Pediatric Cancer with Research, Technology and Uplifting Treatment Centers

The Batcole Foundation was founded in loving memory of Cole, who passed away from neuroblastoma when he was only 11 years old. It's mission is to improve the overall experience of cancer care for patients and their families. A proud Team Batcole member, Katie chats with Carol Winnefeld, Cole's mother, about the unique ways that the foundation is living out its mission. Projects include raising funds for clinical research & also an exiting tech partnership with HP involving hospital room makeovers & VR.

Katie.Show | EP 72: How to get the perfect solar eclipse shot – Ken Sklute Canon Expert and Explorer of Light

´Ken Sklute gives Katie Linendoll tips on how to shoot that perfect eclipse photo - spoiler alert, it's not with a smart phone.  Canon has knighted Ken with the impressive title of being a "Canon Explorer of Light,” a distinction held by only 51 of the top photographers worldwide. Ken also chats eclipse safety and warns that many could be at risk for damaging their eyes if they don't wear proper protective eye gear. They also discuss our era of digital film and debate what crosses the line and becomes overmanipulation.

Katie.Show | EP 71: Experience the Next Super Bowl Like You’re There - in Virtual Reality

Katie chats with Miheer Walavalkar, Co-Founder & Chief Business Officer of LiveLike, a company that is bringing live sports into virtual reality. They are enabling audiences to experience huge events like the Super Bowl in Virtual and also collaborating with big brands like Fox Sports.

POPSUGAR. Tech Influencers Reflect on the iPhone's 10th Anniversary

Whether you love or hate Apple, you can't deny the impact a once 4.5-inch tall smartphone called the iPhone had on the world. Imagine thinking then of the world as we now know it — filled with blue iMessage clouds, a Siri who doesn't always get us, and a battery life that can barely just make it through the day. POPSUGAR spoke to five tech influencers about the impact the iPhone had on them.

Posted on June 30, 2017 and filed under Online.