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    Saturday
    Jul132019

    Giz Wiz Show 1735 July 11, 2019 Independent Show #217

    Wow! The Giz Wiz Show started year 13 overall & our 5th year of Independent Production! (First Giz Wiz show was February 20th, 2006.) Thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters we continue on! If it wasn't for them, the Giz Wiz Show would be gone. 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: http://www.gizwiz.tv/.  You can also contribute just once via the PayPal link that's there too. Thank you for doing that! Our show wouldn't exist without our viewer's support, but a bit more support would be a big help. Thanks from OMGchad & DickDe!

    On this week's show- Really Cheap Techie Things! Starting with two different really small USB Powered LED lights. I was looking for something techie for a buck on Amazon and I found these super bright 3 leds light source. They're small and portable, and have hole so can attach one to your keychain or a lanyard. Be aware they are NOT powered, and they don't have an on/off switch. But they can easily plug into USB power source such as a laptop, desktop, or you simple phone charger. So make them into a flashlight, or a way to have light on or behind or computer. A package of 10 USB led lamps is $9.99, so in theory they're almost under a buck!

    Amazon 3 USB LED lights: 10 for $9.99: https://amzn.to/2jKao2R

    After I bought the 3 LED lights above, I found something I like a lot better, for just a bit more money. I bought the HUAHA 10 pcs USB Mini LED Lights. These lights each have 6 LED's, and Smart Touch Electrodeless Dimming + on/off. All done with the touch of your finger. No, neither Chad or I know what Electroless dimming is.) They also have USB contacts on both sides so you can slide them in facing either way. But wait, there' more! You get 10 LED lights, but 5 are warm white +5 bright White. It's a great idea to have that choice. Amazon adds: Compatible with all standard USB device, power bank, mobile charger,computer or laptop. Sweet Reminder: This USB light is very bright if the lights are on the up side, it will generate little warm after working for long time,but it's normal, just take care when you touch it off.

    Amazon 6 Dimmable USB LED lights - 10 for $11.99 https://amzn.to/30oHu82  

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/fIvtQRZ6Ypo   

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1735

    Friday
    Jul122019

    Hate the hot weather? Now you can buy twin fans that you wear!

    It's the Wearable Sports Fan. This is a weird gadget! Here's  a bit of info about it from Amazon: Hand free fan was design as a headphone to free your hands anywhere; Fashion style makes you look so cool. Hanging around your neck, suitable for traveling in hot weather. Low/medium/high speed level. 1800mAh lithium battery. 5-10 hours working time depends on different speed.

    And the Giz Wiz take: Well, you will look weird wearing this thing. (Watch this week's show to see how you feel about wearing one. I didn't think the output of the fan were good enough to cool you off, but when Dennis tried it on, he thought on a hot day at the beach, you would be really glad to have one of these. The prices for these fans are all over the place. I bought one for about $16, and another for $11 at a different place on Amazon. Turns out they are the identical fan with different names. Now you can buy them under $10 on Amazon, but delivery could take weeks because some of them are shipped directly from China. I got both of mine overnight with Amazon prime.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/bf1fnQbIPIU

    7/13/17 Price dropped to $7.20 (free shipping but not Prime) Amazon prices can change at any time! https://amzn.to/2ldolqr  

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1735

    Friday
    Jul122019

    Carry a micro-race car right on your smartphone you if you want.

    Meet the Odyssey Virtual Arcade Race Car. Here's a bit of what the company says about their Odyssey Mobile Arcade Virtual Car: Take control of the vehicle of your choice and sprint, jump and maneuver your way around the track, all while avoiding the perilous traps that get in your way. Thanks to augmented reality, the Mobile Arcade turns your mobile device into a cool virtual race track that you can take wherever you go! 2 FREE Apps with multiple tracks and terrain changes. Non-stick/non-scratch adhesive car holster attachment. Pocket sized. Jumps and vibrates. LED lights. Age 8+.

    And the Giz Wiz take: I made a mistake sticking this on my phone as you'll see in the video. But once I straightened that out, I can see where kids would enjoy this car. I'm not so sure about the included car holder that attaches to the back of your phone case. Unless you need to play this everywhere you go, I don't think you want to stick the phone with car attached into your pocket. The car is about $7 to $9 online (Target & Walmart) but I bought mine at FiveBelow for yes, $5.00. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/cVns2Jd_89Y

    $7.32 at Walmart 7/13/19- price can change at any time:  https://tinyurl.com/tinyvirtualcarWalmart

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

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1735

    Friday
    Jul122019

    Chad's Crappy Corner & his new July theme gadget as voted on by our loyal Patreon members.

    Chad's Crappy Theme for July is “Cheap Summer Gadgets”. And the second one is SwimWays Blow Up Inflatable Monkey Water Blaster.

    Here's what Amazon says about it: The SwimWays Blow Up Inflatable Monkey Water Blaster is a hybrid inflatable water blaster that comes in a fun, banana-loving monkey character and inflates up to 2 feet long. Kids will love the silly banana-loving monkey, who even is holding a banana for more fun. The Blow Up Blaster can be used both in and out of the pool and has the capacity for 1.5-ounces of water outside the pool, while having endless water ammo inside the pool. This inflatable monkey-shaped water blaster is perfect for any outdoor occasion. Attached to an easy-to-use trigger squirt gun, the inflatable monkey water blaster shoots water up to 15 feet. Kids can enjoy the water blaster on hot summer days with friends- Perfect for pool parties! For kids age 5 and older. And Chad's take? Well, first off, you do need a lot of breathe to inflate it. But once you fill it with water, get ready for --- fun? Well no, more like disappointment. Chad expected it to shoot a nice stream of water real far since the description called it a water blaster. But as you'll see in this week's show, it was more like a water sprinkler. I thought looked pretty good when blown up, but Chad found it a 'crappy' Crappy Corner gadget. He paid about $12 for his, but it's more like $20 on Amazon. (Was out of stock on 7/12/19)

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1735

    Friday
    Jul122019

    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video On Any Gadget!

    Here's our Gadget Warehouse email with Steve's warehouse gadget. It's both a "What the heck is it?" game, and a real old fashioned gadget. Do you know what it is? Chad & I didn't guess it until we saw it in use.

    Dick and Chad,

    Here is an antique stumper way ahead of its time

    https://youtu.be/Fwx4rBgYMUU

    Thanks, Steve Overton

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1735

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    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.
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    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.
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    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 (favorite old, or favorite new): 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.
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    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 earn a tiny amount of fame (hopefully). And if you live in the US, you'll also get an autographed 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture and a MAD surprise (most likely the current issue of MAD.) But no matter where you live, I can email an autographed to you Alfred E. Neuman photo if we show your video. Just print it out, frame it, or just hang it up and no one will know it's a copy. We've tested it out and fans say they look terrific!

    All show submissions go to mail@gizwiz.tv

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    Letter of the week:
    Hey guys:

    Look what is making a come back


    https://www.macheist.com/sales/polaroid-originals-onestep-2-camera-stranger-things-edition-1-pack-film?utm_source=macheist&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=2019-07-04_macheistdeals_moovly-pro-lifetime-subscription&utm_content=polaroid-originals-onestep-2-camera-stranger-things-edition-1-pack-film

    At B&H, it’s cheaper, but no video.


    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1424525-REG/polaroid_originals_9007_onestep_2_vf.html

    The film price at B&H

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1358130-REG/impossible_4668_color_film_for_i_type.html/pageID/accessory

    Ps

    I have taken hundreds of Polaroid pictures, I was fortunate to have a family member, who’s employer would throw out the expired polaroid film, she would save them for me. I would get packages of 10 or 20. So my problem is, I loved Polaroid cameras & film, but do I want to now pay for it.
    Ps 2
    In the NYPD, we were still using Polaroid camera & film, until the early 2000s. They came in handy in evidence collection. Polaroid allowed us to take pictures of vital evidence, before it disappeared, rain, weather, other reasons. But now with digital, Polaroid camera, to my knowledge, are no longer used.

    The good old days - Mo