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  • Editorial: iWatch app speculation is filler, not killer

    Editorial iWatch app speculation is filler, not killer

    Innovation is problem-solving. Radical innovation is seeing normalcy as problematic, and solving it. That level of invention, which solves a generally unrecognized problem to create a new product category, or user experience, can be difficult to recognize in the conceptual stage. A far-reaching idea can seem trivial if it solves routineness. Sometimes it takes the product itself, the manifested experience, to demonstrate how to rise above the customary. Email solved postal mail, which died another incremental death last week by announcing a proposal to end Saturday letter deliveries. Cell phones solved the disconnect between phones and the walking-around life. Mobile apps solved the gap between computers and cell phones. Perhaps HTML5 will solve apps.

    So forgive me if I’m being small-minded, but Bruce Tognazzini’s speculative manifesto about an Apple iWatch fails to make a convincing futurist case for the imagined device — despite whipping up a whirlwind of attention. What is the future of wearable computing?

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  • Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 5:30PM ET

    Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 530PM ET

    It seems harder and harder to keep to a regular schedule these days, but we won’t have to think of an excuse this week as we’re back to our regular recording time this week for the Engadget HD podcast. So if you agree that it’s good to be home — and love HD, of course — please tune in live at 5:30PM and be be a part of it. Start by reviewing the list of topics after the break, then participate in the live chat.

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  • Visualized: A table full of space elevator robot prototypes

    Visualized A table full of space elevator robot prototypes

    It’s not every day you come across this sort of thing — well, not unless your friends are the sort of folks who take it upon themselves to transform space travel as we know it. We popped into Liftport’s workspace, during a recent visit to the Pacific Northwest, to check in on the progress of the Kickstarter-funded space company. Much of Liftport’s innovation is occurring in a garage loaded with arcade cabinets and pinball machines in various states of disrepair and an army of cats with various levels of polydactylism. Above you’ll find a prototypes of the company’s various space elevator-climbing robots, which can be explored in more detail in the gallery below. We’ll have more on our visit with Liftport soon.

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