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    As "Special Correspondent" - once a month, for a full hour, I join Craig Crossman and Co-Host Ben Crossman on Computer America - America's longest running nationally syndicated radio talk show about computers. But when I'm on the show we talk about every kind of gadget! To hear the show, or to go to the archives (which now covers the past two years) click below www.computeramerica.com

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    Sep232016

    Toys From The Sweet Suite Blogger Bash on the Hudson River in NYC.

    Every year Thames & Kosmos comes with many inventive, learning kits. This year's outstanding kit is the GeckoBot. This wall-climbing robot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down perfectly smooth surfaces, like glass, plastic, whiteboards, and glossy laminates. The battery-powered motor drives an innovative gear system that produces a rotating motion making the legs move back and forth and up and down, mimicking a real gecko — so two of the feet are touching the wall while the other two feet are lifted off of the wall, in an alternating motion. Kids can build six other models including an industrial robotic arm with a vacuum suction cup gripper, crawling inch worm, smartphone holder, suction tow truck and car, even a window cleaning robot. Age 8+,under $50.00. Coming fall 2016.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/b0Z4PyKruvw

     

    Geckobot company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W9G7lO6aOw

     

    Company website: http://thamesandkosmos.com/index.php/robotics/geckobot

    Friday
    Sep232016

    Your kids will most likely be attracted to these magnetic kits!

    Kids can build a walking robot or even dream cars. In the video we look at the Magformers XL Cruiser Car Set. It's let a kid (or anyone into fun) create colorful, original cars that are durable and fun to play with. Special silver bordered pieces enhance your designs and give all your models a super sleek look. The starter set includes 16 squares, 12 triangles, 2 hexagons, and 2 wheel sets. The company says their kits are made from high quality ABS Plastic and 1/3" rare-earth NEODYMIUM magnets. This kit did very well on Amazon with 4.6 out of 5 stars from 267 customer reviews. List Price: $54.99 It's $48.99 on Amazon. They're are dozens of other kits there too. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/Ny_5UEwjX84

     

    Company Walking Robot Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knvG2UDO8Tc

     

    Whoa, talk about a knock-offs! Check out how many companies are doing it:

     

    http://www.magformers.com/counterfeits

    Friday
    Sep232016

    Barbie adds STEM leaning with her new Barbie STEM kit.

    Science Saves the Day! (Hopefully.) The new Barbie STEM Kit is story based and aimed at girls. The idea is that the Annual Animal Shelter Gala is just hours away! Girls have to help Barbie and her friend Nikki prepare for the party as they learn important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills. A full-color storybook manual guides their journey through seven building projects and more than seven experiments. They build a spinning closet rack, washing machine, jewelry holder, hammock, dress designer platform, shoe rack, and greenhouse with fan. And they make a chromatography dress, leaf-print dress, and optical-illusion origami dresses. The kit lets them build one project at a time since many of them use the same pieces. MSRP: $29.99, but it's already at Target for $24.99. It's on Amazon for more than the retail price, so don't buy it there until it's in wider distribution and the price drops. That should should have in September 2016. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/Qivv2IDpzbw

     

    Company website: http://www.thamesandkosmos.com/index.php/product/category/science-kits/barbie-stem-kit-barbie-220

    Friday
    Sep232016

    Moto-Cam, the Remote Control Motorcycle with a helmet cam!

    Now kids can not only drive the remote control Xtreme Cycle Moto-Cam, they can shoot video with the built-in helmet camera! With Xtreme Cycle Moto-Cam, Capture flips, tricks and sharp turns on the included 4GB SD card. But wait, there's more! The patented gyroscopic stabilization system is made up of a flywheel mounted in the rear, as well as an all four bar linkage steering system. This system allows for ramp jumping, driving on various terrains, and even recovering from crashes. The cycle is specially designed to always right itself after it falls so it has non-stop action and has front and rear shock system to absorb bumps and rocky terrain. The remote control not only steers the cycle but it also offers a button to start and stop the video recording. Moto-Cam has 640×480 VGA resolution and records video at 30 frames per second. Of course at the under $80 price, the onboard cam doesn't have image stabilization, so the video will be jumpy when recorded over rough terrain. The SD card can store up to 60 minutes of video. The set includes the cycle with Moto-Cam, a remote control, 12” USB cable to download and share video online or watch on TV, stunt ramp and a removable 4GB SD card. 9V rechargeable and 2 AA batteries. Recommended for Ages 8+ and will be available Fall 2016 on Amazon and at Target and Toys R’ Us. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/LV340Phar94

     

    Company Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oXNnpuEu-4

     

    Company website: http://wickedcooltoys.com/product/xtreme-cycle-moto-cam/

     

    Friday
    Sep232016

    SelfieMic, the sing-a-long selfie stick with built in microphone!

    From Moose Toys comes SelfieMic. The company says you can sing like a pro, create your own music videos and become a star with SelfieMic! It features an adjustable selfie stick with working microphone and earpiece. Download the free app, fasten your smart phone to the SelfieMic and sing as you follow the words to thousands of your favorite songs on your smart phone screen. Create music videos on your own or with friends. Once you’ve recorded your SelfieMic music video, you can share with family and friends. My feeling is this can be a really fun thing to do at parties. Available: Fall 2016; MSRP: $24.99. It's also on the web for $29.99 with free shipping. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/iM-tTSBQs8A

     

    TV AD & WEBSITE: It's $5 more here, but watching the ad closely, it says it includes "bonus tokens". That means you probably pay something per song you download. Not unexpected as you can download 1,000's of songs. "As seen on TV" ad is here: www.buyselfiemic.com