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    Wednesday
    Sep282016

    Giz Wiz Show #1590 for September 30th 2016 - Our 74rd Independent Production! 

    Thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters The Giz Wiz Show not only continues, but is well into its 2nd year of independent production. 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! Our show wouldn't exist without our viewer's support. 

    This is our second of three shows where we're looking at gadgets slated to come out between now and the holidays. These were all on display at “The Holiday Spectacular!” the largest NY Pepcom Event of the year. We start with a look at a new high-tech

     

    Nerf N-Strike Elite TerraScout RC Drone

     

    Whoa, that's a long name. And even though it can't leave the ground, Nerf is calling it an RC Drone. But it can do a lot that kids will probably love. The RC blaster can fire up to 18 foam Nerf projectiles via the handheld remote. You drive and aim the TerraScout via the small LCD screen in the remote..But wait, there's more! The video camera built into the TerraScout also records video to an SD card. Later you can play back your battle by downloading the video to your computer, tablet, etc. The kit includes Includes drone, blaster, controller, charger, 18 darts, rechargeable NiMh battery, and instructions. The controller requires 4 AA batteries (not included). Goes on sale in October, 2016 and will be available exclusively at Toys R' Us for under $200.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/fbXnjG6gPZY

     

    Toys R Us Link: http://www.toysrus.com/buy/see-all-blasters/nerf-n-strike-elite-terrascout-remote-control-drone-blaster-b8072-111477796

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1590 Link goes live late Friday 9/30/16)

    Wednesday
    Sep282016

    XYZ Printing Drives The Prices of 3D Printers Even Lower.

    For as long as I can remember XYZ Printing has been driving the prices of 3D printers ever downward, making it affordable for many more folks, especially students. At Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular the folks at XYZ Printing said their two new 3D printers, the da Vinci mini and the da Vinci miniMaker are ideal for beginners. They start in price as low as $229.95. (Price may change.) For about $60 more, you can add WiFi 3D printing. They told me 3D calibration is difficult for beginners, so these two machines feature auto-calibration, auto-loading filament, and a large build size. (It's aboutt 6” X 6” as I recall.) The education-focused and kid-safe da Vinci miniMaker is perfect for those seeking to develop core STEM skills. And you don't have to design your own 3D project if you're in a hurry. You can start your 3D printing adventure by downloading some of their 4,500+ FREE 3D models available from their online XYZ 3D Gallery. They have nine categories that include everything from toys and games, to art pieces and educational items.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/KJEilDxg-M0

    Company Video: http://us.xyzprinting.com/  

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1590 Link goes live late Friday 9/30/16)

    Wednesday
    Sep282016

    The Death Star Levitating Speaker!

    The Death Star remains one of the most iconic symbols of the Star Wars universe. Loved, loathed, blown up in multiple movies, yet it's come back yet again, this time as the Plox Death Star speaker. This 5W Bluetooth mono speaker uses maglev technology to levitate in space (well an inch or two) above it's base. It offers 360 degree sound quality, but we were not able to hear it play at the Pepcom Holiday Spectacular, because they had a no-music-playing rule. (Also it's impossible to hear, let alone judge audio, at a crowded press event.) Fully charged you can expect up to 5 hours of continuous Bluetooth playback. And if you can't live without your Plox Star Wars Death Star Levitating Bluetooth Speaker, it can be carried as a portable speaker without the base. Along with many more Star Wars products, this will be available starting October 1st. MSRP $179.99. 

    The small speakers in the video are called Star Wars Siren, also from Plox. They're also Bluetooth, and you just pull them open to turn them on. They'll include R2D2, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, BB8, plus 4 additional plain color speakers. (Blue, Pink, White and Black). 8 hours of battery life on full charge. MSRP $29.99

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/y-Lbc-6Upis

     

    Company website: http://www.getplox.com/

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1590 Link goes live late Friday 9/30/16)

    Wednesday
    Sep282016

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

    This week's viewer gadget warehouse video arrived via this email: 

    Hi Dick & Chad,

     

    This is my video about the quizzard, a gameshow based board game by random house.

     

    https://youtu.be/dem02qNCOlw

     

    My mom had this when she was a kid and gave it to me when I was about three years old. I used it so often and roughly that I destroyed it. My mom made me throw it away because it didn`t even work. When I was 12 I found it on amazon for $150.00 but I wouldn`t pay that much for it. I continued to look for it every month or so, till 3 years later I found it on

    Ebay for $11.00 & $8.00 shipping. I bought it and it arrived two days earlier than it was scheduled to arrive. Now that we have it we use it a lot. We play the game a lot, but we also use it to learn our spelling words or really anything else. We are home schooled so it really comes in handy.

     

    Hope you like my video. Roger Wooten

     

    PS Do we hold a GIZ WIZ record for the oldest gadget warehouse item? Its the 113 year old player piano from episode 1576

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1590 Link goes live late Friday 9/30/16)

     

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    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 mail@gizwiz.tv 

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    Letter of the week:

     

    Okay, so we're taking a break from emails about arc lighters, but visiting another one of our favorite gadget categories --- weird pillows for travel.

     

    Our email is from david blau

     

    hey i found this and i thwart of you guys...it is Face Cradle

     

    check it out http://www.facecradle.me/

     

    Monday
    Sep192016

    Giz Wiz Show #1589 for September 23rd 2016 - Our 73rd Independent Production! 

    Thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters The Giz Wiz Show not only continues, but is well into its 2nd year of independent production. 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! Our show wouldn't exist without our viewer's support. 

    For the next three shows we're going to be looking at gadgets slated to come out between now and the holidays. These were all on display at “The Holiday Spectacular!” the largest NY Pepcom Event of the year. We start with two new Lenovo Yoga books, with keyboards you never saw before. 

    The new Lenovo Yoga Book is really slender as you'll see in the video. Lenovo says it's the world’s thinnest 2-in-1, the Yoga Book is 9.6mm closed, tapering to 4.05mm at its slimmest edge – a thickness of just under three pennies. It's also lightweight at 690 grams (1.52 pounds), so you can easily hold and carry it like a book. It has a15-hour battery life and a unique watchband hinge that folds 360 degrees. It features a 10.1-inch IPS FHD screen, and sound enhanced with Dolby Atmos. The halo keyboard lacks any physical keys, showing up as a solid white outline on the Yoga Book’s second panel only when it’s needed. Built-in, sensitive haptic technology, enables touch feedback to guide typing and reduce mistakes. Users can also write with the real-pen accessory that holds real ink tips onto a piece of paper or notepad covering the multi-use keyboard panel, or as a stylus when applied straight onto the panel. Everything they create, from doodles and drawings to notes, is instantly digitized and saved with the Lenovo note-saving app.The real-pen accessory is powered by Wacom feel™ IT technologies to work with the state-of-the-art electro-magnetic resonance (EMR) film housed within the multi-use keyboard, which enables this real-time digitization. Yoga Book’s is powered by an Intel Atom X5 processor and offers 4GB of memory. And Windows users also have the option to work on that platform, as the Yoga Book is available on Windows 10. It has 64GB of memory. Pricing for the Yoga Book will start at €499 for the Android version and €599 for the Windows version. In the US, the Yoga Book will be sold online by the end of October.

    Giz Wiz Video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISP270ZbsNM&feature=youtu.be

    More info from Lenovo:

    http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/yoga-book?ipromoID=LEN305057#specs

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1589 Link goes live late Friday 9/23/16)