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Thanks to your votes, we now have the 10 semi-finalists for this year's Insert Coin competition. Each of them will get $1,000 in travel stipend and a spot on our Expand NYC showfloor at the Javits Center this November. But, their fight's nowhere near over: they're now vying for the $10,000 Judges'...

October 17th 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Time is almost up to help us choose who the lucky 10 semi-finalists will be in our Insert Coin competition at this year's Expand. As a reminder, each one of the semi-finalists will receive a $1,000 travel stipend and a spot on our showfloor at the Javits Center. Then they'll have a chance to compe...

October 14th 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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Each of the top 10 semi-finalists for this year's Insert Coin competition will get a $1,000 travel stipend and a spot on our showfloor at Expand NYC. So, we really want to make sure they're projects you'd want to see in person. To make that happen, we're putting the decision in your hands -- we've...

October 8th 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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Does that curious little contraption above look familiar? That's probably because it's DIWire Bender, the rather unusual desktop device created by Brooklyn design firm Pensa, which won our judges' hearts at last year's Insert Coin competition. We say unusual, because DIWire Bender boasts very spec...

September 18th 2014 at 5:54pm 0 Comments
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We know Insert Coin contestants shed blood, sweat and tears to complete their masterpieces, so we make sure they get scrutinized by people who know what they're talking about. For this year's event, we gathered a group of judges from different backgrounds to look at, poke and analyze every entry....

July 28th 2014 at 5:15pm 0 Comments
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Though GoPro cameras excel at capturing your insane escapades, the resulting shaky footage is not what we'd call production-ready. Now an inventor named Stuart Smith is looking to smooth things out with his self-named Stubilizer, a kind of mini-Steadicam designed for the GoPro's mount. Thanks to t...

March 4th 2014 at 5:13pm 0 Comments
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An underwater drone that you can control with your tablet or smartphone from up to 300 feet away. Reckon that's worth a pledge of around $200? Plenty of you did, because Ziphius is now a very real thing, thanks to its passionate everyman backers. Galvanized by some very successful projects last ye...

December 31st 2013 at 12:02pm 0 Comments
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We got to hang with Spike Lee, LeVar Burton, Reggie Watts, Ayah Bdeir, David Gerrold, Bens Heck and Huh and Rachel Haot. We played around with Occulus Rift, some electric skateboards, a surgical robot and a few 3D scanners. Once again, however, our Insert Coin competition was arguably the highligh...

November 12th 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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The votes have been tallied, the judges have conferred and we have a pair of winners in our Insert Coin competition. First up, our panel of experts have settled on a victor after much debate, and Pensa Labs will be taking home the $10,000 judge's prize for its DIWire. The automated wire-bending ma...

November 10th 2013 at 5:00pm 0 Comments