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Engadget Expand wrap-up: Google, Kinect, electric cars, robots, makers and more!

Brian Heater
March 18, 2013

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Not all that long ago, we were staring at spreadsheets, table layouts and sketch-ups, squinting our eyes and attempting to wrap our brains around all of it. On Friday, we popped by Fort Mason in San Francisco, to test drive ZBoard's latest and greatest electric skateboard, and things were already underway, the stage was being erected and banners with our familiar logo were draped everywhere. That moment, however, had nothing on the surreality of the following morning, when, bright and early, the companies began setting up tables.

Outside, a Tesla Model S was parked for test drives, and inside were a pair of electric Toyotas, one sporting a giant, decorative plug on its roof. There were big booths from Lenovo and Nokia, an Indie Corner jam-packed with and impressive displays like the the Ekso Bionics robot exoskeleton and Da Vinci's truly awe-inspiring surgical robot. Next to that, was Insert Coin, a gathering of all the semi-finalists for our first-ever startup competition, who had flown from all over to show off a truly diverse and impressive selection of innovation.

On stage, an equally diverse array of panelists joined us, from reps for companies like Google, Microsoft, Toyota, and OUYA, to 3D printing companies, roboticists, futurists, sci-fi writers, space explorers, indie gamers and a multimedia DJ / philosopher. Frankly, we're exhausted. And we can't wait to do it again. See you in New York!


A conversation with Kickstarter Co-Founder Yancey Strickler
3D Printing Goes Mainstream
Redesigning Mobile
A Conversation with Nest Co-Founder Matt Rogers
A Conversation With Google's Tamar Yehoshua
Microsoft's Bob Heddle
Reprogramming: How Technology is Changing the Way We Watch TV
Robots, Lasers and Replicators: Making Science Fiction a Reality
What's Next? A Glimpse Into the Future of Technology
Insert Coin New Challengers Demos
Toyota's Sheldon Brown
DJ Spooky
Live from Expand: Gaming's New Frontiers
Lenovo ThinkPad: From Research to Design
Robopocalypse: Now
Bionics, robotic surgery and better living through technology
Infinite Loop: Analyzing Apple from the Outside
Ask The Editors
Insert Coin Awards


Kickstarter Co-Founder Yancey Strickler: In Conversation liveblog
Tamar Yehoshua, Google: In Conversation liveblog
In Conversation with Sheldon Brown from Toyota Technical Center, USA liveblog
Robopocalypse: Now liveblog
Gaming's New Frontiers liveblog
Infinite Loop: Analyzing Apple from the Outside liveblog
3D Printing Goes Mainstream liveblog

Backstage Interviews

Kickstarter's Yancey Strickler backstage at Expand
Tim Stevens backstage at Expand
Samsung's Dennis Miloseski backstage at Expand
DJ Spooky backstage at Expand
Boston Dynamic's Marc Raibert backstage at Expand
Microsoft's Bob Heddle backstage at Expand
Lenovo's Corinna Proctor and Jason Parrish backstage at Expand
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Tom Rivellini backstage at Expand
Toyota's Sheldon Brown backstage at Expand
Oculus VR's Nate Mitchell backstage at Expand
Razer's John Wilson backstage at Expand
Insert Coin: New Challengers winner Ziphius backstage at Expand
Indiegogo's Danae Ringelmann backstage at Expand
Cartoonist Paul Pope backstage at Expand


ZBoard rolls out the San Francisco Special for the hilly city by the bay
Insert Coin semifinalist: Radiator Labs rethinks steam heat, we go hands-on
Insert Coin semifinalist: Smart Knob puts a keypad lock on your door, we go hands-on
Insert Coin finalist: smARtPULSE open source, Bluetooth oximeter hands-on
Insert Coin semifinalist: Moedls 3D scanner for your phone hands-on
Insert Coin finalist: Ziphius aquatic drone hands-on
Insert Coin semifinalist: Observos environmental monitoring sensors hands-on
Insert Coin finalist: Snapzoom scope smartphone adapter hands-on
Insert Coin semifinalist: cSpring bipedal robot platform hands-on
Insert Coin finalist: Make a Play Arduino-powered puppet show hands-on

News and More

Visualized: 3D Systems' 3D-printed guitar, the Americana
Lenovo bringing contactless payments to certain NFC-enabled ThinkPads in 2013
Lenovo's war-torn ThinkPad Terminator edition hands-on: it's not for sale... yet
Lenovo ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook: refined exterior, widened trackpad, shipping in April for $949
Lenovo teases next-generation ThinkPad X series at Expand
Visualized: Shepard Fairey's mission patch for CASIS ARK 1
The inside story of Lenovo's ThinkPad redesign
Ekso Bionics' robotic suit eyes-on

Can't wait for the next Expand? Head on over to the Expand NY 2013 hub and get excited for the next event (and get your tickets!).

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