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    Friday
    Aug102018

    The Giz Wiz Show 1687, August 10th 2018 Independent Show #170

    The Giz Wiz Show is in it's 13th year of production, and the fourth year of Independent Production! (The first show was February 20th, 2006.) Thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters we continue on! If it wasn't for them, the Giz Wiz Show would be gone. If you'd like to support OMGchad & DickDe in our independent venture (we pay for everything ourselves, including travel) just click the Patreon link at the top of our show web page: http://www.gizwiz.tv.  You can also contribute just once via the PayPal link that's there too. And thank you for doing that! Our show wouldn't exist without our viewer's support, but a bit more support would be a big help. Thanks from OMGchad & DickDe!)

    A coffee mug warmer with an LED readout!

     

    My Mr. Coffee cup warmer has seen better days so I needed something new. I decided to search for a higher tech replacement and I found the COSORI Premium 24Watt Stainless Steel Coffee Mug Warmer. It looked great in the photo, so I ordered one. Here's some of what Amazon says about it: Just turn it on and set the temperature. (This is designed for use with flat-bottom mugs for the most effective warming.) Keep warm or warm up your drink to as high as 131F/55C. Notice the highest warming temperature is 131F, but the description also says: Temperature Range 77°-230°F (25°-110°C). And then adds: (Note: Digits on the screen do not represent the temperature of the liquid in your cup.) Okay, now that I've used it, it makes sense. You'll see the actual results in my video. Also this device is equipped with a power adapter plug to make the power supply voltage only 12v rather than 120V. Giz Wiz: It's also 24 watts vs.17 watts for my old “Mr. Coffee” warmer, which is about 30% more. I like this a lot, and it does keep my coffee warmer than the old Mr. Coffee, especially if you cover the coffee cup between sips, or when you walk away for a bit! You'll see the COSORI in action on this week's show, or in the video below. $25.49 It got 3.9 out of 5 stars from 459 customers. There was a “5% off” box to check if you purchase one, which drops the price like a buck fifty or so. Prices as of 8/8/18 and they could change at any minute.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/Ev99VDiKE2s

     

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2OVooBq

     

    See or hear this episode: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1687 

    Friday
    Aug102018

    Need to know if that food contains Gluten or Peanuts?

    Nima Lets You Test Your Food Anytime, Anywhere. I saw this device at a recent press event, and thought it was great for people who need to avoid Gluten, and for those with a peanut allergy. (There is a different testing device for each one of those.) The device is called Nima Sensor. Here's info via the company: Science, in your pocket. Nima’s antibody-based chemistry was developed by MIT scientists to be faster, cheaper, and usable right at the dinner table. Nima is optimized to detect 20ppm of gluten, the FDA standard for gluten-free. A separate device due out late summer, early fall 2018 can test for the presence of peanuts in food. (Or Gluten is their other sensor.) Watch the company video to see how these units work. The Gluten Starter Kit is $289, which includes the Sensor device and 12 Gluten Test Capsules. The Peanut Start Kit is also $289 and includes 12 Peanut Test Capsules. Also check the company website blog which has lots of free information like a list of ballparks that don't sell peants, Gluten-free restaurants in various cities and other valuable listings. 

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvhQ0puX51w

     

    Company website: www.nimasensor.com 

     

    See or hear this episode: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1687

    Friday
    Aug102018

    Want to make this clock run? Just add water!

    It's the Jamal Alarm Clock Water Power Digital Weather Station Time Humidity Large LCD Display and Temperature Measurement Environmental Technology for Indoor Office Home.

    I reported on the very first water clock, maybe some 20 or so years ago. But when I was searching around Amazon for unique gadgets I saw this one, which does some much more than the first one which just told the hour and the minute. These clocks need no power, no batteries, no sunlight. As long as it's filled with ordinary tap water, the water clock will run. One fill provides continuous power for around 2 weeks. This water powered clock also gives you up-to-date weather forecasts and displays the temperature and humidity. (Celsius or Fahrenheit) The large LCD display is easy to see, but it's best if you put a neutral background behind it as this is a see-thru clock. Other features include alarm clock with snooze, 12 or 24 hour hour setting, counts off seconds, and gives the date, month and year. The clock uses the chemical reaction between water and internal metal to produced the electrical energy to power the clock. The company says it works best with tap water rather than pure water because it's the electrolytes in the tap water that's needed for power. $13.99 as of 8/8/18 on Amazon. I think it makes a great gift for a gadget lover and it's under $14.00 as of 8/9/18.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/HAcoxBvycvY  

     

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2vtogkN  

     

    See or hear this episode: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1687

    Friday
    Aug102018

    Chad's Crappy Corner & Another Gadget For His August Theme!

    Chad polled our loyal Patreon members and asked them to vote on his new cheap theme for August. Well, when Chad went shopping earlier in the day before recording last week's show, the winner was “Outdoor Cooking Gadgets”. By show time it was a tie with “Communication Gadgets”. But since Chad already bought a really cheap “Outdoor Cooking Gadget”, we decided that would be the theme for August. Chad's second outdoor food gadget is the Chuzy Chef Food Cover

    Here's what Amazon says about them: Barbecues, picnics, camping trips, and pool parties are better with some delicious food, but how do you keep all that yumminess free from pests? Chuzy Chef® is at your service with this set of two beautiful large pop-up food tents, made of durable galvanized steel and white mesh screens. Made of a foldable and durable fabric and sturdy galvanized steel skeleton, these food tents will be used for many years to come and are super easy to care for. Just wipe them clean if they get messy, or hand wash them if you want them to look brand new again! Set of 2 $5.95 & Prime.

     

    And Chad's take? Chad likes these. They are really big, certainly will keep buys off your food, and they're very cheap. A set of two was under $6 and they were Amazon Prime. The one thing Chad couldn't figure out (none of us could) is why his food tents came in unmarked wrappers and are trimmed in lace - when none of them in Amazon photos have any lace at all. Maybe they're worth even more than $5.95!

     

    https://amzn.to/2AUI1XB

     

    See or hear this episode: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1687 

    Friday
    Aug102018

    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

    Our email is from a fan of the show who sends us his second video. He explains how great it is that technology helps him do more things even though he is wheel chair bound. Here's Dell's email:

    Good afternoon dick and Chad, this is just my little video on my Google mini, which I really like and I heard that you like dick. Now dick you may not remember this I sent you an email many years ago, I was in a nursing home, could only access the computer for 1 hour per day, so I would burn stuff back then on DVDs and bring them back into my room. Well now I've been in my own place for 3 years now. And I watch you guys every week, and I spend more than one hour at a time on the computer now LOL. Keep up the good job guys love the show

     

    https://youtu.be/LaOFN1K9oJM  

     

    Dell Neal

     

    See or hear this episode: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1687

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    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so here's what we're looking for! Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories: 

    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.

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    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.

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    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.

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    My Favorite Gadget (favorite old, or favorite new): Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.

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    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll earn a tiny amount of fame (hopefully). And if you live in the US, you'll also get an autographed 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture and a MAD surprise (most likely the current issue of MAD.) But no matter where you live, I canemail an autographed to you Alfred E. Neuman photo if we show your video. Just print it out, frame it, or just hang it up and no one will know it's a copy. We've tested it out and fans say they look terrific!

    All show submissions go to mail@gizwiz.tv

     

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    Letter of the week:

     

    Subject: Dick's gadget wearhouse

     

    Dick, you stated that you were unable to find the cell phone gadget on line. (The cell phone holder that Angela Newhook showed in her warehouse video.) I found it on Amazon for as low as $6.20.

     


    I hope that this helps. Brandon Hanke