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  • Insert Coin semifinalist: Radiator Labs wants to help you control your heat

    Just about any apartment-dwelling urbanite can tell you that radiators are a bit of a necessary evil in the world of city living. What if there was a way to control the heat to individual rental units, without relying entirely on a landlord’s temperature-controlling omnipotence? The Radiator Labs team has developed a device to help realize this dream. It’s essentially housing that sits on-top of an individual radiator unit, controlling heat transfer to a room. Turn it off, and the insulation hampers the heat from making a room too hot. Turn it on, and the ducted fan spreads the heat out to the room.

    Radiator Labs has a bit more info on its page, which you can check out in the source link below. You can also view graphical breakdown of the technology after the break.

    Check out the full list of Insert Coin: New Challengers semifinalists here — and don’t forget to pick a winner!

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    Source: Radiator Labs

  • We’re celebrating Insert Coin semifinalists with a giveaway makers will love

    We're celebrating Insert Coin semifinalists with a giveaway makers will love
    On Wednesday, we opened voting so you can help us choose five finalists in our first Insert Coin: New Challengers competition. It was hard enough for Engadget editors to decide on 10 semifinalists out of the myriad awesome crowdfunded projects entered, including such futuristic fare as bipedal robots, high-tech puppetry and more. Now it’s your turn to pick which final five entrants will also present on stage at Expand this March for the chance to win a total of $25,000: $5,000 for the Reader’s Choice winner and a whopping $20,000 Grand Prize. Voting closes this coming Wednesday, February 27 at 12:30pm PST / 3:30pm EST, so get your vote in!

    To celebrate the DIY ingenuity and high tech innovation demonstrated by our intrepid entrants, we’re running an Insert Coin Twitter Giveaway that gives a little something back to all the makers out there. We’re giving away the following three kit prizes: Grand Prize is the Egg-Bot, an art robot that draws intricate designs on eggs or other round objects including ornaments, golf balls, and light bulbs; 2nd Prize is an Apple 1 Replica Kit designed with permission from the Apple I’s original creator, Steve Wozniak; 3rd Prize is the Adafruit FLORA GPS Starter Pack including a Flora motherboard, a GPS module that can also perform location datalogging, eight ultra-bright chainable RGB pixels and more.

    To win, simply send a tweet naming which of the 10 semifinalists you want to win, in the following format: “I think [PROJECT NAME] should win $20,000 in the @EngadgetExpand Insert Coin Competition!” Of course while you’re at it, don’t forget to vote! To be eligible to enter, you must be 18 years of age and a U.S. resident (please peruse the full rules).

    Name your inventor of choice by 5pm EST on Monday, February 25 (one entry per person, please!). We’ll choose three winners at random to win each kit prize and will notify them via Twitter. Plus, make sure to follow @EngadgetExpand for more chances to win tickets, prizes and other goodies.

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  • We’re live from MWC 2013 in Barcelona!

    We're live from MWC 2013 in Barcelona!

    We’ve arrived in Catalonia’s capital city, where snow, apparently, has marked the start of this year’s Mobile World Congress. That’s right, the hills surrounding this typically warm Mediterranean metropolis have been blanketed in a thin layer of flurries, but we’re nonetheless optimistic about this week’s smartphone show in Barcelona. As MWC 2013’s massive new venue begins to take shape, we’re preparing to deliver the hottest hands-ons, directly from Fira Gran Via. Some manufacturers, such as HTC and LG, have already demoed their latest handsets, and other devices have made an early debut, but there’s plenty of excitement still to come, as you’ll discover in our show preview. We’ll be sharing our liveblog lineup in a few hours — for now, it’s time to bookmark our event page, and check back often throughout the next week.

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