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    Wednesday
    Sep102014

    The Giz Wiz, Week of September 11th 2014, Show # 1485

    I field-test a gadget that I talked about a few months ago.

    The folks at Cobra have been making car travel gadgets for a long time. But I’m particularly impressed with their new JumPack device. Cobra says you can use this small, lightweight device not only to charge your mobile devices, but also to start your car when the battery under the hood won't! It packs 200 Amp Starting Current, 400 Amp Peak Current, which they say is enough to jumpstart most cars, even those with V-8 engines. And you can jumpstart your car multiple times on one charge. I don’t have a car, but I do have a boat. Recently I went down to the marina to find the battery that starts my Yamaha V-6 225 hp outboard was dead. I have a stand-by battery, but I wanted to test my JumPack to see how it would do. It did great, starting my outboard on the 1st turn of the key! JumPack can start cars, but it also has a 2.1 Amp USB port to rapid charge your portable devices including cell phone, smartphone, tablets and other mobile devices. But wait, there’s more! There’s a built-in superbright LED flashlight, plus strobe and S.O.S emergency blinker. 7500mAh Lithium-Cobalt Battery. And unlike an acid-lead battery jumper device, which loses power quickly, theJumPack will hold a charge for about a year. The device is about the size of a small paperback book (5.04” H x 2.87” W x 0.98” D) and weighs only 11 ounces. It comes with a 12-volt cigarette lighter plug charger, 110-volt charger and jumper cables, which plug directly into the JumPack. Charging takes just a few hours. Model CPP 7500.

    Under $130 on Cobra website as of 9/10/2014.  Also as of 9/10/14 it was $120.04 on Amazon with free shipping for Prime Members, but check for the last price. 

    Company website: www.cobra.com 

    Giz Wiz Video: http://youtu.be/FurcL_ZmrvM 

    Amazon Link: Cobra Electronics CPP 7500 JumPack Portable Power Pack

    (That's a Giz Wiz Link. You pay exactly the same, but Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more gadgets for The Giz Wiz Show. Thank you!) 

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1485

    Wednesday
    Sep102014

    Adlens Adjustable - a sort of 'do-it-yourself' eyeglasses for when you can't find your regular pair.

    Adlens Adjustables and Adlens Sundials are a perfect “extra pair” of glasses for travelers, lovers of the outdoors, and gadget geeks on your list. If anyone in the family loses or misplaces their eyeglasses on a trip, these lightweight glasses adjust for near, intermediate and distance vision correction. A single pair can correct over 90% of spherical errors (from -6 D to +3 D) for wearers who do not have astigmatism. They offer a truly customized fit in less than 30 seconds with just the turn of a dial. The company says they also provide a short-term solution for those suffering from fluctuating vision resulting from diabetes or following eye surgery. And of course you should be aware that these eyeglasses will not correct astigmatism. The lenses in these eyeglasses do not eliminate the need for prescription lenses. And Adlens advises that you DO NOT use these glasses for driving and/or operating heavy machinery. There are also Adlens Sundials which offer the same easy-to-adjust fit in a sunglass version. They retail for $59.95 to $69.95, but discounts are available. I tried a pair. They work easily and seem a great solution to miss-placed glasses. I saw Adlens Adjustables on Amazon for $39.95. And surprise! On 9/10/14 I saw Adlens Adjustable work glasses, which have the same specs on the Home Depot website for $19.95. 

    SEE UPDATE BELOW!

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRavRpM6uFw 

    Home Depot page: http://www.homedepot.com/s/adlens?NCNI-5

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1485

    Wednesday
    Sep102014

    The Giz Wiz Does A Two-Gadget Video. 

    The Satechi Spectrum Mouse Wired Optical Mouse is a sleek mouse that offers 7 different LED colors to customize your workspace. The ultra-smooth surface of this mouse has a comfortable grip and the chrome finish looks techie on any workspace. When the switch on the bottom is in the On position, the bright LEDs cycle through blue, yellow, violet, turquoise, white, red, and green. To stay with a single color, switch to the Lock position when your desired color is lit. The LEDs can be turned off completely by switching to the Off position, but why would you want to do that? The ergonomic design of this mouse fits comfortably in your hand to help reduce wrist strain. It’s plug and play so no drivers or other software downloads are required. Just plug it into a USB port and watch the glowing lights! Under $25. 

    Giz Wiz Video: http://youtu.be/swzfO_qEo6E 

    Amazon: 

    Satechi® Spectrum Mouse Wired Optical 7-Color LED Changing Computer Mouse with 1000 DPI (Silver)

    Gadget two in the video: Felix Small Hands can give you ‘helping hands’

    With Felix SmallHands, watching movies, FaceTime, photography and many other apps are just that much easier. With its slim profile and lightweight design, SmallHands is the perfect portable iPhone stand. From your kitchen counter, to your desk at work, to an airplane tray table, you'll be pleased at all the places it comes in handy. Use it landscape or portrait mode. Simply squeeze, clip, and tilt to the desired angle to enjoy. Toss it in your pocket, purse or bag. Comes in a range of colors: Green, Red, Blue, Pink, Black, White. Size: L 2" x W 0.75" x H 3.5". Made of aluminum, plastic, and silicone. Fits all generations of iPhone, iPod touch and most smartphones, including the large Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4. It won't fit my Galaxy S5, and I don't know about the upcoming iPhone 6's. And note too that SmallHands may not work with thick cases. Suggested retail price: $14.95. I suspect discounts will be available once it’s widely available. Shipping mid-Sept 2014. 

    Company website: http://felixbrand.com/products/smallhands

    It's the 2nd Gadget in this GizWiz Video: http://youtu.be/swzfO_qEo6E 

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1485 

    Wednesday
    Sep102014

    Chad's Crappy Corner! The 2nd gadget in his theme for September - Kitchen Gadgets.

    This week Chad picked the one-click butter cutter for his gadget. Here’s what Amazon says about it: The one-click butter cutter holds and slices butter into pats with just a squeeze. Easily loads a complete stick of hard butter. Slices can be cut and dispensed with one or two hands. Measures out butter with 4 slices per tablespoon. No mess-no fuss. Keep hands and butter clean. Stores in the refrigerator and is easily cleaned in the dishwasher or in warm water. Designed for use with standard 4.75 inch long-1/4-pound bars of butter. Made of food grade plastic with a stainless steel cutting blade. Make life easier and cleaner by slicing hard butter with the one-click butter cutter. $15.00 

    And Chad’s take? Chad like the one-click butter cutter. It cuts butter in very thin slices, so it really is easier to spread even if it's cold. The only thing Chad thought might be a negative is the size of the device. But looking at it again, he thought it was okay because it takes up vertical space in the refrigerator and not as much horizontal space as a butter dish would. So it's a 'like' from Chad! 

    Amazon link:  http://www.amazon.com/Inventions-Market-Butter-Cutter-Stainless/dp/B000Q9YXXK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410455350&sr=8-1&keywords=butter+cutter 

    Chad also talked about these two butter-related Kickstarter projects: 

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1070983896/the-stupendous-splendiferous-butterup

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/that/heated-butter-spreader 

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1485 

    Wednesday
    Sep102014

    Dick's Gadget Warehouse. And how to submit your video to the show.

    Video submission usually arrive with an email like this one:

    Hello Dick and Chad!

    There is one gadget that I hold dear even if it doesn't even work anymore and it's my first MP3 player I ever owned..I mildly blame it for getting me into the devices so in the future I would get an iPod, get into podcasts, and eventually start podcasting myself! I hope you like the video and as always keep up the good work and love the show! 

    http://youtu.be/4vp2vqXXPA0

    Samuel Lewis

    www.tscn.tv
     

    http://about.me/labtec7 

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1485

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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. Like 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