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    Giz Wiz Show #1532 August 20th, 2015, our 16th Independently Produced Giz Wiz Show!  

    If you'd like to support Chad & I in our independent venture, just click the Patreon link at the top of this page: And thank you! 

    It looks exactly like Captain America's shield. This 18" diameter red, white and blue hard plastic shield protects your important items, and maybe you. Inside there's a large main pocket, two accessory pockets, and a padded laptop/tablet pocket. You WILL stand out! It's a Think Geek exclusive, and here's a little more about it from them: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Captain America Shield Backpack is a true labor of love. On your back, it looks just like Steve Roger's shield, straps and all. A hard plastic shield will protect your important items. Inside, you'll find a large main pocket, two accessory pockets, and a padded laptop/tablet pocket. And to make sure your Avengers: Age of Ultron Captain America Shield Backpack is comfy on your back for long missions, we've made it all nice and padded. $79.99

    Giz Wiz Video:

    And for the younger set meet the Rocket Raccoon Backpack!

    How cute is this Rocket Raccoon Backpack? This Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Backpack Buddy could make your kid ready to save the galaxy or at least enjoy carrying stuff around. The fabric armor on Rocket's back unzips to reveal a compartment that's a little bigger than a piece of paper in terms of length and width, so it can hold your papers, books, even an iPad, (that's if your child has one.)  And although this might be intended for very young kids 3+, I'm sure some older kids and adults will want to try it on! The nylon straps adjust to 18" long. It's $39.99 and it is also a Think Geek original.

    Giz Wiz Video: (Same link as above.)

    See or hear this show: (Goes live late Friday 8/21/15)


    A fast & easy way for a student to change sheets in their dorm bed.

    Simple Sheets. This product has an interesting back story. The short version: Mom goes to visit son in his dorm and realizes he almost never changes the sheets. Why? Because it's too much trouble, especially since it's a bunk bed. Mom figures she can come up with an easy way for a college student to change sheets. She, with help of her son, invents a fitted sheet with a fast strip-off velcro top. When the velcro sheet gets dirty, strip it off in seconds and press on the provided 2nd clean sheet. Now the student has time to launder the first sheet to get it ready for the next quick-change. A 4 piece starter kit which includes a storage pocket for bedside electronics ,is $48.00. There are other options on their website, along with an animated video explaining the invention story. 


    See or hear this show: (Goes live late Friday 8/21/15)



    Three security gadgets at one decent price.

      Sabre Dorm/Apt Alarm Kit.. Here's a very inexpensive solution to help keep college students and their belongings safe. (And yes, it's perfect for an apartment or for travel.) Door Wedge Alarm. Extremely loud - 120 dB. Wakes you, alerts others and prevents the door from opening with a non-skid pad. The personal alarm is also extremely loud - 110 dB. It has a built-in LED light and you activate the alarm by pulling a pin. The Door or Window Alarm is also extremely loud - 120 dB. (On the web I found a 'Noise Thermometer". There's a link below so you can judge how loud things are.) Magnetically triggered alarm sounds when window or door is opened. During the day you can easily change the sound from alarm to chime mode. It's easy to install with included self-adhesive pads. MSRP is $24.99, but you can find it on Amazon for about $18.00 and that includes all three security gadgets. Two have batteries, but you'll need a 9-volt battery for the Door Wedge Alarm.  

    Giz Wiz Video:

    Noise Thermometer:   

    Company website:

    Amazon Link: Under $18 here as of 8/19/15:

    Dorm / Apartment Security Kit by SABRE - Includes Door Stop Alarm, Keychain Alarm, and a Door / Window Alarm 

    See or hear this show: (Goes live late Friday 8/21/15) 


    Chad's Crappy Corner and his 3rd under $10 gadget for August!

    Chad polled our Patreon supporters and for his August theme they selected “gadgets under $10.” This is NOT a crappy corner, but something Chad likes a lot! So Chad's 3nd under $10 gadget is Pill Pack.

    In a way it's a gadget, but it's more of a service. Chad found out about Pill Pack while searching the web. You can go to their website to get the full details, but here's how Chad described the service and why he likes it so much. Lots of people get their prescription drugs by mail order. They might get 30, 60 or 90 pills in a bottle for 1, 2 or 3 months of medication. If you're on multiple medications you'll end up with three bottles of pills and you have to remember to take them as prescribed by your doctor. That's not the case with Pill Pack. In instead of getting bottles of pills, Pill Pack sends the pills you need daily packed in individual clear plastic wrappers. The envelopes are connected together so you can tear off a week's worth if you're traveling, or enough for a weekend. Each envelope has the date and time you should take your pills. This makes it much easier to know if you took your pills for that day or not. Chad said the service, which included shipping is costing him just $3 a month more than the cost of the drugs which in Chad's case are covered by his health plan. Watch this episode to hear Chad describe Pill Pack in more detail, and watch the “how it works” video and browse the FAQ's at the company website:



    See or hear this show: (Goes live late Friday 8/21/15)


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

    This weeks' warehouse video arrived with this email:

    Hi Dick and C

    Here is a link to a video I made for the show. It is 2 mins. long:  Gizwiz video also, the attached photo is of the described remote in video. For some reason, the video on my PC it shakes unmercifully but on others it is fine.  If you get the bad one, let me know and I will try to fix it. 

    My granddaughter made it from a smart phone and then uploaded it to Youtube.  I am using W7 PC. 
    Videographer Ms. Emily Bell (14) 
    Expert Dog Handler  Jonathen Bell (11) 
    Bill Waters /Retired /North Syracuse, NY 


    We’re looking for more Viewer Videos! 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.

    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.

    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.

    My Favorite Gadget of All Time: 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. 

    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 a tiny amount of fame (hopefully), an autographed MAD magazine and a 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture. So that's one more (so-so) reason to send in your video! IMPORTANT: We'll just shower you with praise for your video if you live outside the US or Canada since we can't afford to send stuff outside of those two places. (Thanks for understanding.)

    All show submissions go to  



    Letter of the week: 

    Hello Dick and Chad,
    Hate the show * but could you review this product: The
    Rotato peeler, and give your honest opinion about it.
    Here´s the amazon link:
    Kind regards, Pedro, from Porto, Portugal. 
    *: actually, I love the show.
    Hi Pedro:  Guess what? We did review the Rotato. Chad thought it was
    pretty bad. His review here: