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    Giz Wiz Show #1511 March 26th, 2015.

    The Final Three Fun Gadgets from Global Pet Expo, Orlando Florida. 

    Petchup Condimentsinclude Petchup, Muttstard, Meowstard, Bark B-Q, Mutt-n-aise and others. These condiments look like the ketchup, mustard, etc. that people use, but they’re designed to provide a significant daily nutritional benefit with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Petchup says: When you use Petchup Condiments on your pet’s food, you are providing an extra level of care to ensure their everyday well-being is the best it can be. Give young pets great energy and older pets new lease on life. You can find the benefits of the ingredients their nutrition page! They’re available at about $9 a bottle. More details at the company website.

    Do dogs like Petchup Condiments? We put Charlie (famous for the Mini Dog Maze Video) to the test!

    Giz Wiz Video with “Charlie”:  

    See or hear this show:  (Goes live late 3/26/15)


    A new Hyper Pet K-9 Kannon for smaller dogs.

    Hyper Pet makes two versions of their K-9 Kannon Dog Toy, There's the original Kannon that shoots standard size tennis balls and the newer K-9 Kannon Mini. (I showed the mini on World News Now.) Both Hyper Pet K-9 Kannon Dog Toys shoot tennis balls, but not your everyday tennis balls. The company says they are safe for dog's teeth, made of Grade A Rubber and do not contain harmful coatings or gases. (Of course the mini model shoots a smaller size tennis ball.) And once the ball starts to get a bit yucky after your dog has caught it a few times, you can use the Hands Free Ball Pick Up. Shoots a ball up to 75 feet. But how far the ball goes depends on the far back you pull the launcher. You can also store the ball that comes with unit right on the Kannon. Amazon lists the sizes as follows: K-9 Kannon Mini: 10 x 15.5 x 2.75 inches / Original K-9 Kannon: 24 x 10 x 3 inches. The mini (the one I showed on air)  is at the link below and it's under $11 (as of 3/16/15) 

    Kannon Mini Company Video:

    Amazon Link: Hyper Pet K9 Kannon Mini Tennis Ball Launcher

    Giz Wiz Link. Pay the same price, but Giz Wiz gets a tiny credit to buy more gadgets to show.

    Hyper Pet makes many other ball launching device. Company website:

    See or hear this show  (Goes live late 3/26/15)


    Combo Cat Carrier and Cat Loo. (Loo = kitty litter box)

    If you have a cat in a small apartment, or limited space, you know that a cat carrier can take up a lot of room. And a cat litter box can also take up a lot of room. That’s where the Igloo comes in. It's from Great Britain, and it’s is a combined litter tray and cat carrier. Each Igloo comes with five specially molded eco-friendly disposable liners to contain your cat’s preferred choice of litter, four replaceable carbon filters to help keep your home odor free. But wait, there’s more! It's available in 9 color combinations and a removable smoked privacy door is also included; for when the Igloo is used as a cat loo.  The Igloo is made of high quality plastic, and is lightweight, weighing about 7 pounds. It’s manufactured in the UK, and for now, mostly sold in the UK. It's on Amazon for $77.70, but shipping is an additional $64.75! I asked the company if they’re working on a US distributor, and Scott Charnock from Igloo said they expect to have an American distributor later this summer. (This post date is 3/26/15) That should make the price more reasonable here in the US.  

    Giz Wiz Video:  

    Company website: 

    See or hear this show:  (Goes live late 3/26/15)


    Chad's Crappy Corner and his final "what the heck is it?" gadget. 

    Chad’s Theme for March is  “What The Heck Is It?” Sound familiar? Yep, it’s just like the game we play at, but sometimes I have no idea what the gadget is, so I get to play too. Chad has two gadgets this week. The first gadget, I couldn’t guess. It looks weird and when it’s in use, in a man’s mouth, it looks even stranger. It’s the GoateeSaver. Here’s some of what Amazon says about it:

    The GoateeSaver is an adjustable goatee-shaving template that will revolutionize the way you shave and trim your goatee. The GoateeSaver can be customized to your face in seconds, with three easy adjustments. Just place the GoateeSaver over your goatee and shave with your favorite razor. Note: Razor not included. Just bite down on the mouthpiece and move your razor along the guide. It's that simple. You can easily adjust it to fit your face and to create different goatee sizes, simply by twisting the rollers on the front. Your goatee will look tidy and perfect every time you shave. Chad gave the Goatee Saver to Bryan Burnett to use. And Bryan’s opinion after he used it? Bryan liked the results, he said his goatee looked very neat. He added that his goatee was a little uneven when he it shaped it freehand. But, Bryan didn’t think it was worth $20, and said he’d go back to doing it freehand rather than buying the Goatee Saver. It’s $19.99 on Amazon with free shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime member. 

    Chad’s second gadget I guessed when he accidentally lit it! I knew it was for nighttime use to be seen when walking or jogging.  Here’s a bit of what Amazon says about the product: DURACELL DURABEAM ULTRA Safety Armband.  It’s a 2-Pack Safety Armband Led Light, For Night Visibility And Celebrations. (I.E. parties, dances, etc.) Adjustable Band Fits Snuggly On Arm Or Legs. 2 Light Modes: High Visibility Blinking And Steady Light. Although the copy doesn’t say it, the LED light has 7 selectable colors. It’s $14.59 for 2 arm bands and it's Amazon Prime, so free shipping if you're a Prime member. 

    And Chad’s take?  Chad liked them, but for some reason he thought they were under $9 for the two of them. Checking Amazon I see they’re $14.59, so I don’t know if that would change his mind. He said being LED the batteries would last a long time. He wished they were a little bit brighter, but he thought you would certainly be seen in the dark.

    See or hear this show:  (Goes live late 3/26/15)


    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How To Submit Your Video.

    When I saw what Ira Brickman’s gadget was from his warehouse, it brought back a lot of memories. I also had two Atari Portfolios. They were sort of the forerunner of laptop computers.  Ira sent this short email with his entry:

    from Ira Brickman to gizwiz

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    I hope you like it.    Ira

    See or hear this show:  (Goes live late 3/26/15)


    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. 


    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!  

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