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    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: 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:

    More info from Lenovo:

    See or hear this show: Link goes live late Friday 9/23/16)


    Switchmate says they have a one-second installation smart light. 

    Switchmate is a one-second installation smart light switch that is the first smart home product that can be used with absolutely no configuration, tools, wiring, or WiFi. Switchmate magnetically attaches instantly to existing toggle or rocker switches and is controlled through the free app on your smart phone. With features such as “Welcome Home”, your lights will turn on automatically as you arrive home or enter rooms. With preset timers, you can set your lights to automatically turn on and off- even when you’re not home. Just Snap, Tap, and Start enjoying smart lighting simplified with Switchmate. Okay, so it is a bit more than a one second installation, but not much. You need to install two double AA batteries, which are included and then you have to follow the directions making sure the light switch and the Switchmate are both in the correct direction. Outside of that, it is just snap it on. $39.95 per light switch. They're available in white and ivory. Make sure you order the right one for each light switch. There is a 'toggle' and a 'rocker' model. (There are pictures on Amazon.) These are only for single light switches and not for dimmers. 

    Amazon link:

    Giz Wiz Video: 

    See or hear this show: Link goes live late Friday 9/23/16)


    A whole lot of tech and it fits in your ear, or ears.

    This gadget is brand new and won't be available until November. It's not even on pre-order yet, on 9/19/16. So we're using info from Jabra. The Jabra Elite Sport wireless earbuds guarantee superior sound and call quality. The bass enriched speakers have four advanced microphones for superior call technology that filter out background noise, and make sure that only your voice is heard in every environment. Utilize up to 3 hours of music or talk time, with an additional 6 hours of use with the included on-the-go charging case. With customizable fitting options, the Jabra Elite Sport cord-free earbuds stay in place no matter how vigorous your workout. Enjoy advanced personalized fitness analysis using our in-ear heart rate monitor. The integrated app (iOS or Android) tests and analyzes your fitness, advises on recovery and predicts your race pace. These waterproof earbuds come with a 3-Year Limited Warranty against failure from sweat damage (registration required**). $249.99. Available in November, 2016. 

    You'll learn more in our video: 

    Jabra website: 

    See or hear this show: Link goes live late Friday 9/23/16)


    Chad's Crappy Corner and another gadget for his new theme for September.

    Chad polled our devoted Patreon members and for his September theme they picked “Cheap Hobby Gadgets”. Chad's gadget this week is the Electric Plane Launcher Kit. 

    Amazon says this: Explore the science of aeronautics with the 4M Electric Plane Launcher Kit. This exciting science kit uses spinning motors and plastic discs to launch a paper airplane at speeds up to 30 mph. The kit contains everything needed to construct a paper airplane launcher. Just add paper planes and watch them fly. Detailed assembly instructions included. Requires two AA batteries (not included). Recommended for ages 14 years and up. It was $11.89 with Amazon Prime as of 9/19/16. 

    And Chad's take? Chad called this the most crappiest of the crappiest gadgets, perhaps ever. The instructions are the worst. They give you some wires you don't need and tell you go find some other wires that you do need, and are not in the kit. As you'll see in the video, once built, the Electric Plane Launcher never works properly most times when you try to fly a paper airline. And the instructions tell you to cut the nose off every paper airline you make. Why? For safety reasons! So when they do fly, they don't go very far. This is a loser! Chad bought it here: 

    Amazon link: 

    See or hear this show: Link goes live late Friday 9/23/16)


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

    We're not done talking about Arc Lighters yet. One viewer told me there's a whole assortment of Arc Lighters over at eBay. And they're much cheaper than the ones on Amazon. And on the the last Giz Wiz show we asked Brian Horovitz if he would send us a viewer demo of his crisscross arc light, and he did!

    Hi Dick & Chad: 

    Here is the video of the cross arc lighter I bought from Amazon although i noticed when watching the show I must have copied the wrong link because although they look identical, the lighter I bought is branded Pard not Kivors - oh well just another one of thous products that is made by one manufacture and re branded lots of times. I enjoy the show every week and have been watching since the first episode back when it was the Daily GizWiz. 

    Brian Horovitz 

    This looks like the lighter Brian bought. It was $24.99 as of 9/23/16 on Amazon at this link:     Be sure to check eBay, which has a large variety of arc lighter for less.

    See or hear this show: Link goes live late Friday 9/23/16)


    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:

    Thank you for the wonderful entertainment and information that you try so hard to provide every week.
    I have been a long time viewer and your show it’s something that keep me happy in this world. Do not worry I’m already seeing a therapist.

    Looking for something  in Amazon I found these two items that I think you will find interesting.

    1. I found this and as you can see, they couldn’t  find a camera for this product:

    2. Also I think this will make a great gift:

    Once again thank you.

    Your friend always, Ernesto Rodriguez, San Juan, Puerto Rico


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