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Robin Raskin
Robin Raskin is founder of Living in Digital Times (LIDT), a team of technophiles who bring together top experts and the latest innovations that intersect lifestyle and technology. LIDT produces conferences and expos at CES and throughout the year focusing on how technology enhances every aspect of our lives through the eyes of today’s digital consumer. An author, editor, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, Raskin has spent the past 30 years exploring what it means to be living in digital times. She lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley, with her husband, her three drop in now and then children, and closets full of obsolete technology.

Entries by Robin Raskin

What Happens to Your Data When You Monitor Your Personal Fitness

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 1:32 PM

Wearing a fitness bracelet from FitBit, Jawbone, Microsoft, Withings, and others has become increasingly common. About one in ten people in the US now do some sort of fitness monitoring.

As we become more comfortable with the idea of monitoring our own footsteps, calorie-burn, sleep patterns and other health indicators,...

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So Much to Learn, So Little Time

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 11:28 AM

Curious about where the long-past college set goes to learn, I asked 4,000 of my closest Facebook friends if they'd ever taken an online class. The results were amazingly random with two exceptions: and Coursera. Both Lynda and Coursera offer a wide selection of professional...

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Crowdfunding: It's Not Just for StartUps Anymore

(7) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 6:22 PM

Has anyone noticed that crowdfunding is not just about a bunch of young aspirationals looking for cash? What started out as a way to democratize innovation and access to capital, is now a sweet way for well-established companies to play at being a "startup."

Why would you want to play...

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Turn RadioShack into MakerShack

(5) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 11:33 AM

RadioShack is a 94-year-old electronics chain that once spawned a generation of tinkerers and do-it-yourselfers. These proto-geeks knew they could travel a few miles to find a treasure trove of electronics parts and tools that they could fashion into their own creations.

Now that RadioShack has been rescued from bankruptcy...

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Silicon Valley: Where Men Are Wrong and Women Are Wronged

(56) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 10:50 PM

In the early '90s, as one of the first women editors of a technology magazine, my female employees would plop themselves down in my office to recount the humiliations, the come-ons, and the frustrations over the lack of a clear promotion path relative to their male office mates. With a...

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Thermometers Replace Mercury With Bluetooth

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 11:39 AM

Thermometers have come a long way from fragile glass tubes filled with dangerous mercury. Those rectal thermometers are still one of the nightmares of my childhood. Today, adhesive strips that contain tiny sensors, Bluetooth and smart phones are improving the art of taking a temperature reading. This year, you'll see...

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Teaching Tech to the Elderly Helps Kids See the Magic

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 10:52 PM

When my own kids used to misbehave on the Internet -- be it foul language, plagiarism or porn -- I would take their privileges away chiding, "Remember you weren't born with a silver URL in your mouth."

But, in fact, most of today's kids are born digital natives. Screens dominate...

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Sleep: The Biggest Loser at CES 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 3:32 PM

At CES 2015 the biggest loser was sleep. Collectively, I'd venture to say the 170,000 plus attendees lost at least one million hours of collective sleep (based on a two-day stay in Vegas). Whether they were in search of a pay-out slot machine or a hot new product, they were...

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Who's Done Right by Kids This Year?

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 5:27 PM

No longer an afterthought, technology is as much a part of a well-balanced kid's diet as milk or fiber. No longer an option, it's interwoven and always present -- at school, at home, online and all points between.

So many of kid's digital playthings today hold their interest for all...

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Help! My Phone Has More Accessories Than Me

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 2:05 PM

"All my bags are packed I'm ready to go," as the words to the song begin. I've got my clothes laid out on one side of the bed. The other side belongs to my phone and its accessories. Guess who's better dressed? That's right. My phone now has more accessories...

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The Plot for Tech to Drive You Crazy

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 3:08 PM

It's a plot I tell you. Little things about the tech world are designed to make you think you're crazy. Here's my list of things that drove me to tech-stress this year. What's on your list?

Phone Cases: Never mind the fact that there are enough of them...

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What I Learned About Crowdfunding

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Launching a crowdfunding campaign is not for the faint-hearted. You need the relentless fundraising skills of National Public Radio, the know-how of product design and manufacture, and some serious marketing chops--and that's just on day one.

I wanted to learn the ropes about the new economy first hand, so...

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Can This Selfie Be Saved

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:36 AM

Who do we love? Ourselves, methinks. The usage of the word "selfie" has increased over 17,000 percent in the last two years, according to the editors of the Oxford Dictionaries. Scrabble considers it a valid word (only 9 points, though).

For years, my idea of taking a...

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Genealogy: Tips for When You're Stuck in the 19th Century

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 9:07 PM

My story is not different from thousands of yours. Srul Avram Yisroel Kvar (or was it Kwar? or Kfare?) lived in a town called L'Viv (spelled ten ways come Sunday) somewhere in the Ukraine. He married Chaya Sara and while they never saw the United States, their children, at least...

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Learning From Failure in the Digital Health Business

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 3:26 PM

You know the old saying, "You learn more from your failures than your success." But ouch, those failures can smart. At a recent Digital Health Summer Summit in San Francisco, three brave former CEOs from gone, but not forgotten companies, Zeo, HealthRally and Healthrageous took the stage to share their...

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Eyewear or Wristwear: Shoot Out at the Wearable Tech Corral

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 3:02 PM

Are you a wrist person or a glasses person? As we hurtle towards the post cell phone world, the next generation of trendsetters are deciding which one it's going to be. In the eyes corner, you've got Google Glass (pictured below) and others like Vuzix or Epson Moverio extolling the...

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Next Generation High Tech Fashion

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 2:45 PM

What do you get when you combine sensors, LEDs, chips and tremendous new design talent? You get a cornucopia of new fashion based on wearable technology. Some of these are one-offs designed for the runway; others are for sale today. All of them signify the new direction in high tech...

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Mother's Day for the Those in Denial

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 4:23 PM

I am a mother, and yet every year I fret about whether or not to play along with Mother's Day pomp and circumstance, or just hope it goes away. Even Anna Jarvis, the woman who spearheaded the U.S.' version of Mother's Day, grew so embittered with its commercialization that she...

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Building a Desk Treadmill: A Love Story

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:12 AM

It's not every day that high tech, DIY skills and true love intersect, so when I heard this story I had to share. Sarah and Ben Hilmer are newlyweds living in Indianapolis. Ben noticed Sarah eyeing those $1500 plus treadmill desks -- the ones that let you type and walk...

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Sleep Gives You Something Else to Worry About

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 3:45 PM

Who would have thought that sleep would become the next crisis in our lives? The truth is, we don't get enough of it and we're starting to know that a lack of it leads to poor health. And now, technology is rushing in with a multitude of ways to measure...

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