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March 1st 2014 6:48 pm

What are welcomed gadgets on Engadget?

It's clear that Engadget hosts a lot of gadget data pages of fresh, high-tech, trendy devices like Samsung smartphone, Apple tablets and things like smart watches.
But I would like to know what other kinds of digital devices are welcome? Are there any requirements regarding age, brand, country of origin, or production numbers? Personally I feel that there is place for older dumbphones, CRT monitors, and low-end low-cost tablets and smartphones that are still used by a lot of people outside Silicon Valley. Also I would include prototypes/dev kits which are handed out for developers. And finaly I would include novelty digital devices that serve no real purpose such as brainwave-detecting stuff. (But I would add my nifty Texas Instruments scientific calculator too, albeit it isn't even a graphical one, but this is another story.)

In my opinion, Engadget's database could be a very good resource about gadget details, regardless of any people clicking the "I have it" button on a gadget's page, but that's my personal view, so I'm here to ask the opinion of the website staff.

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There are really no age limitations on products; our database includes many historical products, such as the:

Tandy TRS-80: www.engadget.com­/products­/tandy­/trs­-80/
Sony Walkman TPS-L2: www.engadget.com­/products­/sony­/walkman­/tps­-l2/
Atari PONG C-100: www.engadget.com­/products­/atari­/pong­/c­-100/
M-Systems DiskOnKey: www.engadget.com­/products­/m­-systems­/diskonkey/
SRI Mouse: www.engadget.com­/products­/sri­/mouse/
Zenith Space Commander: www.engadget.com­/products­/zenith­-electronics­/space...

Generally, when considering what to add to the database, our main requirement is that it fits into our categories (which anyone can see by mousing over "reviews" in the top nav), and that we have enough info on it. When submitting a product, its chances of being approved are greatly increased by including in your submission: a link to the official product page or other official documentation, links to reputable sites that may also have info on it, and a good product image.

For products that are really novel, unique, and notable, we do have a miscellaneous category: www.engadget.com­/reviews­/misc/ A product is included here if it's one of a kind or from an emerging category; "emerging" means it generally hasn't hit the critical mass for us to build a category yet.

To add a product to our database, go here: www.engadget.com­/add/ (Note that the misc. category is not open to the public; if you want, just leave a comment with the name of the product and we'll take a look into whether we can add it)
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Ah well, the Neurowear Necomimi (and other Neurowear products) aren't on the site. It is basically a pair of motorized, brainwave-reading cat ears. As silly as it sounds, it generated quite the buzz in the anime fandom all over the world. Novelty, but sure an example of an emerging field of wearable tech.
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I know about the Necomimi (and have seen it many, many times) and while we haven't seriously considered it yet, we haven't ruled it out.
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Engadget has over 30,000 products currently in the database. We are adding new products everyday! Currently, the only categories we list products in are here: www.engadget.com­/reviews/
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We're always looking to expand the categories further and have a few interesting ones in the pipeline! Thanks for the feedback!
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Oh, and forgot to say, but documenting digital devices, old and new alike, are noble goals, so Engadget could be sort of an archive of technological advance in consumer electronics.

(I'm a little bit surprised there are no category for modern home audio/hi-fi component systems and related appliances, when in fact they play digital music from USB flash drives since a decade or so. On the other hand, there is a category for camera lenses, which are purely analog, optical devices which can't do anything without a camera.)
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We have categories for A/V receivers and speakers; we don't do things like amps (right now) but we are open to adding more categories, so stay tuned.
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