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    Monday
    Apr142014

    The Giz Wiz, Week of April 16th, 2014, Show #1464 

    Three gadgets from the Spring Pepcom event in NYC. 

    Meet Kolibree: The World’s 1st Connected Electric Toothbrush. At the Pepcom event in NYC, I saw the Kolibree Bluetooth Toothbrush. (Used for brushing your white teeth, not the blue tooth.) Here’s the company says: “Why Does A Connected Toothbrush Matter? Today, we brush our teeth without knowing how well we're brushing. Are we reaching all the zones in our mouth? Are we brushing long enough? While we might get feedback from our dentist during our once or twice a year visits, how do we know whether we’re brushing correctly the rest of the time? Kolibree has combined the most advanced sensor technology which DETECTS WHERE YOU'VE BRUSHED AND WHETHER YOU'RE MISSING IMPORTANT PARTS OF YOUR MOUTH - with fun games to keep adults and kids motivated to brush properly. The result? Important usage data means that you have the FEEDBACK to brush better, spending less money on expensive but avoidable dental procedures.” And now back to me. I had no idea how people would respond to the Kolibree Bluetooth Toothbrush which will cost $99. But I found out a few days after I saw it at Pepcom. When it went on Kickstarter, Kolibree received 2/3 of their $70,000 goal in the first four days. 300 people already preordered one of 500 Bluetooth brushes available at $99, even though they’ll have to wait until October, 2014 to get it. I guess people really do like the idea of brushing their teeth and following the results via their iOS or Android devices. 

    Company website: www.kolibree.com   Kickstarter page:

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2134904849/kolibree-the-worlds-first-connected-electric-tooth 

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1464 This show link goes live late 4/16/14

    Wednesday
    Apr092014

    The Giz Wiz, Week of April 9th, 2014, Show # 1463 

    3 Unique 3D Printers from the 3D Printing Conference + Expo.

    XYZprinting’s first printer, the da Vinci 1.0, won the CES 2014 Editors’ Choice Award for being the most approachable and affordable 3D printing machine. It was also recognized by earning a Tom’s Guide Readers’ Choice Award. I have to say it was an impressive looking device considering the cost. Something XYZPrinting calls EZ Mode SW is designed to allow non-experienced users to print 3D designs. The da Vinci 1.0 offers four printing modes with a single nozzle print head. The largest build volume is 7.8" x 7.8" x 7.8" (20 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm). The da Vinci 1.0 can prints with two materials, ABS and PLA, and it prints in one color. A free filament starter kit and free XYZWare software are included in the $499 price. It's available on Amazon. 

    XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer

    (This is a Giz Wiz link. If you decide to buy, you still pay $499, but Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit toward buying more stuff to use on the show.)

    Giz Wiz YouTube xyzprinter video: http://youtu.be/W50ir1P9n9I

    Company website: www.xyzprinting.com 

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1463 This show link goes live late 4/9/14

    Wednesday
    Apr092014

    And now for something completely different. A Delta-type Design 3D Printer.

    Every 3D Printer I saw at the 3D Inside Printing Expo had a different claim to fame. The NEW Rostock MAX v2 is said to offer the largest build envelope of any printer under $1,000!  It's one of the stranger looking 3D printers out there, and it comes in kit form. As the company puts it: "With everything you'll need to build a complete machine - every nut, bolt, wire and fastener – this is a true builder’s kit!  The massive Onyx heated bed and super flat borosilicate glass build plate allow you to print more than just PLA. From ABS to Taulman Nylon, you’re limited only by your creativity when it comes to printing. From our incredibly simple and efficient EZStruder, to our SD Card-ready firmware, the MAX v2 is simply the best value you’ll find anywhere." They say it takes about 20 hours to build, but if you're not handy or don't have the time, you can get a completely built model for $1375.00. 

    http://seemecnc.com/products/rostock-max-complete-kit 

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1463 This show link goes live late 4/9/14

    Wednesday
    Apr092014

    Giz Wiz Video of the Week #2. I bet you never knew a 3D printer could print this! 

    At the last 3D Printer Show a few months ago, I thought I had seen the most unusual 3D printer ever. It made small objects using reams of plain paper for the build. But I saw something even more unusual at the 3D Inside Printer Expo (April 3-4-14). The 3D Systems ChefJet series of 3D printers can print candy and other edibles! They were printing candy at the show, and I ate a couple of pieces. Tasted just like, well candy! Although they're dubbed "kitchen-ready 3D printers" they are really big; about the size of two huge microwave ovens sitting one on top of the other. I think the ChefJet 3Dprinters are more for the specialty coffee shop, the professional baker, cake masters, and high-end event planners and restaurant owners. Equipped with The Digital Cookbook, it has easy to use software for the non-CAD consumer. TheChefJet 3D printer is a monochrome, countertop sized printer with a generous build volume of 8x8x6”, ideal for single color confections and cake toppers. It will be priced in the sub-$5,000 range. The ChefJet Pro 3D printer is a full-color, large format printer with a build volume of 10x14x8”. ChefJet printable materials for both models come in a variety of recipes, including chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon, all of which can be printed in full-color. It will be priced in the sub-$10,000 range. Both ChefJet models are expected to be available in the second half of 2014. 

    www.3dsystems.com/chefjet    

    Giz Wiz Chef Jet Video: http://youtu.be/83iKKWqbq6A

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1463  This show link goes live late 4/9/14 

    Wednesday
    Apr092014

    Chad's Crappy Corner! But it might be good. (Might be.)

    Here’s the info I found on Chad’s Crap for this week: Move over plastic wrap, the CoverBlubber is here! It's the super stretchy food saver for use inside the refrigerator or freezer. CoverBlubber is made of food safe StickyRubber, a safer alternative to plastic wrap that you can place directly on food or containers of various shapes and sizes. The CoverBlubber is the perfect food storage solution--it stretches and clings, seals airtight and form fits to fresh cut food and just about any container. So cool to use you'll want leftovers! Mixed 4 Pack $20.00. 

    And Chad's take? Chad only had the next to smallest CoverBlubber, so he was limited as to what he could try it on. It worked fine on half an apple, but not half a banana. Because of their shape it looks like they'll probably work best on round fruits and vegetables. Chad noticed a slight odor in the CoverBlubber, but it wasn't bad. Your best bet is to get the different sizes package because they'll be more versitile. Whether it's better and cheaper than Saran wrap is undecided.  

    Company website: 

    http://www.fusionbrands.com/products/coverblubber 

    Amazon link below. $20.05. Free shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime Member: 

    Fusionbrands CoverBlubber Reusable Stretchable Food Cover - Multi 4 Pack 

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1463 This show link goes live late 4/9/14