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    Wednesday
    Apr152015

    Giz Wiz Show #1514 April 16th, 2015.

    At Toy Fair 2015 I found the IO Hawk, a device that lets you ride on two wheels, standing up. At Digital Focus I found the Onewheel, that lets you ride on, well, one wheel! The company calls it a new motor board sport where riders can accelerate up to 12MPH only by leaning toward their front foot. Leaning back slows down, or even reverses direction. Regenerative braking recharges the battery during deceleration. They add that unlike a skateboard, you don’t feel every little crack and pebble in the street. Instead you roll over them on the 11" air filled racing go-kart tire. The motor, which is inside the Onewheel, powers the device without a transmission—no gears or belts, just one moving part, the wheel itself. Powerful lithium iron phosphate batteries provide high peak power for acceleration and self-balancing, and it recharges in under 30 minutes using the fast charger option. Passenger weight limit is 275 pounds and the range is 4 to 6 miles depending on terrain and other factors. Cost of a Onewheel is $1499.00 and it’s available only on the company website for now. (April, 2015) 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/CdE-X95VAmE 

    The company says don’t use it off road, but the video on their website sure shows folks using it everyplace!

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=65&v=XNqOU4jx62I  

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

     See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1514

    Wednesday
    Apr152015

    What is the Lenovo ThinkPad STACK?

    Before Digital Focus I didn’t know what the Lenovo ThinkPad STACK was, but now I do. It combines four ThinkPad accessories (they can be used with pretty much any laptop) in one stacked system. An interlocking design passes power and data throughout, eliminating the need for multiple cables while creating a customized grab-and-go accessory solution. Users can interchange the configuration based on their immediate needs. The STACK contains a 2x2 watt Bluetooth speaker with noise-canceling microphone, a dual port 10,000 mAh power bank that can simultaneously charge two USB-equipped devices, mobile storage via a 1TB USB 3.0 HDD and an access point that Lenovo says provides stable and fast WiFi anywhere. Lenovo said is the first go round the the ThinkPad STACK and over time new accessories could easily be added. (How about a mini projector?) The entire STACK weighs 1.9 pounds, but you may not need to carry all 4 devices at any one time. MSRP for Lenovo ThinkPad STACK is $349 and it’s expected to be available early May, 2015. 

    http://www.lenovo.com/  

    Giz Wiz Video:  https://youtu.be/A1xgLRZtUXg  

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1514

    Wednesday
    Apr152015

    A whiteboard up to 15 people anywhere in the world can control.

    Epson has added two new BrightLink Pro-Series whiteboard projectors designed to revolutionize meeting rooms and classrooms. The BrightLink Pro 1430Wi and 1420Wi transform any flat surface, such as existing whiteboards and tables, into digital whiteboards and interactive spaces by using built-in tools that don’t require a computer or software. The new series feature a new Whiteboard Sharing Tool that allows up to 15 participants to join a whiteboarding session directly from any mobile device with a web browser or from another BrightLink Pro – without using a software or app. BrightLink Pro ultra-short throw is designed for businesses, as well as education,. Unlike traditional whiteboards, users can add up to 50 blank pages for virtually unlimited writing space, as well as save, print and email notes. Up to 15 people can edit and annotate on top of existing image or document files. The highest end model the BrightLink Pro 1430Wi supports gestures up to six fingers for annotations, as well as dual-pen support. Plug the BrightLink Pro into a computer and you can have a 100” touch screen tablet right on the wall. Under $3,000. 

    Epson Video: http://bcove.me/3ujqmchk

    http://www.epson.com/  

    It’s $2580 here on Amazon (As of 4/16/15)

    Epson BrightLink Pro 1430Wi LCD Projector - HDTV - 16:10   

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1514

    Wednesday
    Apr152015

    Chad's Crappy Corner.

    Chad’s Theme for April is kitchen gadgets or gadgets that have to do with food.  And Chad’s gadget for this week is the Jokari Baggy Rack. 

    Here’s what Amazon says about it: Whether you're ready to marinate tonight's dinner or have just whipped up a fresh batch of zesty salsa, it's pretty much a given that you're going to use a plastic storage bag. But, what (or who) is going to hold the bag open? Jokari to the rescue with this clever and oh-so-easy to use extra set of hands. The Jokari Baggy Rack's rubber non-slip base holds the rack in place and the adjustable arms and clips will securely hold a variety of bag heights and sizes open while you simply and neatly fill or pour. And, when you're finished, the Baggy Rack folds flat for easy storage. $8.31 on Amazon as 4/16/15. Free shipping, but not Amazon Prime. 

    And Chad’s take? Chad wasn't too impressed with the Jokari Baggy Rack. He said it was a lot to do to hold a bag open the few times he would need it. He said if you worked in a place where you had to fill bags often, it might make sense to buy one. Also he thought it would have been better if the base was a suction cup to help hold the device, but it's just non-skid. By the way, if you are interested in buying one, click on the "2 Count" button at the Amazon Link below. For just about 65 cents more than buying one, you'll get two and free shipping. (And the 2 Count button seems to take you to an Amazon Prime site, so it will be free 2-day shipping if you're a Prime Member.  

    Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Jokari-Hands-Free-Baggy-Storage-Holder/dp/B0040LU3Y8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429202494&sr=8-1&keywords=kitchen+gadget+bag  

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1514

    Wednesday
    Apr152015

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

    Back to Dick’s Gadget Warehouse

    If you can’t throw out your old computers, you probably have one that still features a floppy drive. And if you still use that computer, there’s an excellent chance you don’t use the built in floppy drive. Well in this week’s viewer video you can learn how to convert that floppy drive space into something you most likely will use – a 10 port USB hub! Details in James’ video. Here’s his email:

    From: Mr. Gecko

    Subject: Favorite Gadget Submission 

    Sedna 10 port internal usb hub. 

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1JM0FD2367

    I was able to snatch this for $26 on NewEgg as one of their deals and I say it’s worth every penny. My review is on YouTube below.  (As of 4/15/15, it was $33.90 on New Egg, but just $23.90 at the Amazon link below.)

    Sedna 10 Port USB 2.0 Internal Hub (Floppy bay)  

    James' Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i3BSdTsnpw 

    Hope to see this on the show!

    James Coleman 

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1514

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    Get an autographed copy of  MAD Magazine and a 35 year old Alfred E. Neuman picture, plus a piece of crap from the TwiT Brickhouse if we show your video. Don’t you think you should make a video for us too? Details below. 

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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 let’s go going!  

    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 our producer, Jeff Needles, 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 will now be awarded with some sort of prize. You’ll get an autographed MAD magazine and some piece of crap. So that's one more (so-so) reason to send in your video!   

    All show submissions go to gizwiz@twit.tv    

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    Letter of the week:

    David Eckard
    Subject: Titanium Bottle Opener 

    The Giz Wiz has always liked stuff made out of Titanium.  This one though, looks like it would hurt your finger if the lid is on tight enough.  The Spork is actually HIGHLY useful and appropriate for hikers where you treat ounces like pounds.  Oh, and why do we symbolize ounce, oz?  How does unce turn into a z? dse 

    From the Giz Wiz: Here’s their Kickstarter video:

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pangeadesigns/pico-titanium-micro-bottle-opener.