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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

The 'NY Times' Turns to a Cardboard Box to Reboot Journalism

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 1:41 PM

This weekend my New York Times subscription came with a little something extra -- the Cracker Jack's prize for newsreaders. I was one of the million chosen to receive Google Cardboard (a low-cost virtual reality viewer) with my Sunday paper.

Google Cardboard (pictured below) is the poor man's version...

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Millennials Want to Pay By Tech

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 10:40 AM

My son and I live on different planets where money is concerned. He's happy to snap a picture of his paycheck and deposit it using his iPhone; I still have my checkbook, and even use it once in a while. He splits a tab between friends using Venmo;...

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Family Time Becomes Maker Time

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 10:28 AM

When my kids were young, making things involved macaroni, feathers, glue and paper plates. The desire to make things and the joy that comes with completion has not diminished. But boy have the tools changed.

Drones, robots, 3D printers, electronic kits and tech infused building blocks have become the...

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Location-Based Parenting

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 4:13 PM

It's 10PM -- do you know where your children, dog, luggage, phone and everything else you own is? Now you can. But do you want to?

Parenting is 1% inspiration, 10% perspiration and 89% constant requests like "Mom, do you know where I put the _____." As technologies that...

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Doing the Credit Card Shuffle

(6) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 8:22 AM

Each time I make a purchase, I pull a veritable deck of credit cards to find the one I was looking for. As I fan them out, I think for the millionth time that there must be a better way. I am carrying more than 20 cards in my wallet...

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Coding School: When Your School Project Lands You the Job

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 9:36 AM

As good ole fashioned jobs dry up faster than plants in the summer, there's a gold rush to get the 21st century skills you need to marketable. That message has not been lost on a crop of new "how to learn programming in a hurry" schools. In New York City,...

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Time for the Maker Movement to Grow Up

(6) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 5:39 PM

The idea of making things and creating things, especially in the digital realm, has captured the imagination of many digital pioneers. Just head to the New York Maker Faire in New York City this fall and you'll see miles of aisles of do-it-yourselfers and tinkerers who embody...

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Raising Kids in a Digital World

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 2:44 PM

After watching kids and technology metamorphose for the past 30 years, I've come to some big picture thoughts for any parent who's made technology an integral part of their family life.

First: There are no rules

You are writing the rules for a guidebook that's never been written. How much...

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The Summer of Living Dangerously

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 1:50 PM

Winter has its icy roads, but summer, when we're on the go and active outdoors, has its own dangers. Not saying you should lock yourself in a closet this summer, but new technologies have created some rather effective solutions for common summer problems.


Yes, the best defense is...

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Geeks Make Strange Bedfellows

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 1:33 AM

They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, but geeks do it better. For decades, few wanted much to do with those nocturnal-toiling, suit-less, pizza-inhaling species. But fast forward to today, when the khaki/untucked shirt look is decidedly in and so are the big brands looking for geek love. The race...

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Who Says Kids Don't Get Science?

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 6:36 PM

We all talk about how schools are failing our kids when it comes to science and technology. Yet here are ten kids who prove us wrong. In a partnership between the New York City Economic Development Corporation and CE Week NY, the ten New York City...

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Diamonds Are Forever, Technology A Few Minutes -- Can They Get Along?

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 1:33 AM

Jewelry has been around since the birth of civilization. Technology, not so long. But a few prescient jewelry manufacturers like Dennis Ulrich, CEO of Richline, are hell-bent on melding the two. Ulrich told me that he was inspired to start exploring the possibilities of high-tech jewelry after seeing the glut...

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What Happens to Your Data When You Monitor Your Personal Fitness

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 2:32 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 | 12:28 PM

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 | 7:22 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 | 12:33 PM

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 | 11:50 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 | 12:39 PM

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 | 11:52 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 | 4:32 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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