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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

    Monday
    Jan262015

    A very different kind of exercise band.

    At a recent Pepcom event I almost passed by a unique gadget thinking it was just another exercise band. But Sean from Huawei, told me why their new TalkBand B1is different. This exercise band is also a pop-out Bluetooth headset! The integrated Bluetooth earpiece with 1.4 inch OLED display features accept and reject buttons for phone calls. Want to accept a call and talk, push a button and pop-out the Bluetooth earpiece. As an activity tracker it can automatically track steps/distance/calories burned; in sleep tracking mode it automatically tracks sleep time and quality! It’s Bluetooth 4.1 as well as NFC for easy pairing. Another great feature is the built in USB connector for charging; it’s right at the end of the wristband. That means you don’t need to carry any sort of charging adapter. The TalkBand B1 supports IOS and Android and is water resistant and dust-proof (IP57). The company says it can run up to 7 days on a single charge. MSRP $129.99. And it’s Amazon Prime, so free shipping for Prime Members. 

    Giz Wiz Video: http://youtu.be/JJRLgp7uITM  

    Amazon Link:  

    Talkband B1 - Bluetooth 4.1 Earphone - Fitness Tracking - Sleep Tracking - Built-in USB Charging - True Black - Short Wristband    (Giz Wiz Link. You pay exactly the same price, Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy my stuff for the show.)

    Saturday
    Jan242015

    Answer Your Front Door From Anywhere. Even a different state or country!

    Never worry about missing a visitor again thanks to the Ring Video Doorbell. The device streams live audio and video of a home’s front doorstep directly to a smartphone or tablet, allowing homeowners to stay connected to their homes whether in the kitchen or across town. The Ring Video Doorbell installs in minutes, with no professional help or tools required, and can be accessed through the free Ring app on any iOS or Android device. No need to wonder if something is going on outside your home, see for yourself. Built-in motion sensors detect activity on your property and trigger instant mobile alerts, giving you the ability to know what’s computer at anytime thanks to Ring’s cloud recording. Ring blends convenience, monitoring, and security monitoring, into one sleek, simple and powerful wireless doorbell. With Ring, you’re always home. $199.99. 

    Ring Company Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl8sZI5AH4g#t=28    

    http://www.ring.com/ 

    Saturday
    Jan242015

    Play with your pet at home, even if your half-way around the world!

    The Petcube Camera is the first product that allows pet owners to watch, talk and play with their pet from their smartphone, no matter where they are. It's equipped with a wide-angle (138º) camera along with real time HD video so you can see your pet easily. You can also talk to your pet as the camera has a built-in microphone and speaker. What sets this device apart from others is the unique laser pointer toy that lets you can control play with your pet from just about any place via your smartphone. The Petcube mobile app is a community of pet lovers. Through the Petcube app you can share photos taken from your smartphone or Petcube Camera to the social networks, meet fellow pet lovers and play with publicly shared pets from pet shelters and rescues. To use Petcube you will need an iPhone/iPod running iOS 7.0 or greater or and Android device running Android 4.0 or greater. $199.00. Includes free US shipping.  

    http://www.petcube.com/  

    Saturday
    Jan242015

    You've heard of a kangaroo, but how about mamaRoo?

    The mamaRoo still moves like you do says 4Moms, the company that makes this device. Here’s what else they say: Now with an updated interface, locking toy bar, and speeds 50% faster. Choose from 5 unique motions and 5 different speeds from the easy to use LCD display. Select any one of 5 nature sounds or connect any MP3 player. The seat reclines to allow baby to lie back and relax or sit up and play. The nylon seat is machine-washable and easily zips in and out of your mamaRoo. The mamaRoo is meant for babies from birth to 25lbs (usually about 6 months), or until they start to sit up unassisted. The five motions available via the mamaRoo are car ride, wave, rock a bye, tree swing and kangaroo. The spokesperson at the show told me they analyzed the various ways moms comfort babies with movement and incorporated them into the mamaRoo. New also is the ability to control motion and sound with your smart device via Bluetooth. See the company website for devices mamaRoo is compatable with. And I asked, its AC powered, not battery driven. List price is $240. to $270, but discounts may be available if you do a web search.  

    Company website: http://www.4moms.com/mamaroo   

    Saturday
    Jan242015

    Have a thin laptop, but a fat powerbrick that you to carry for power?

    When you get a thin, easy-to-carry-notebook computer, you’re often forced to carry a large, ungainly looking power supply to charge it. At Showstoppers, a company called Zolt changed that with a new laptop charger that they say is the world's smallest and lightest. Dubbed the Zolt Laptop Charger Plus, it’s actually more than a power brick for your computer. The top of the Zolt has 3 USB ports built in that allow it to charge multiple gadgets at the same time. One USB port can power your laptop, (up to 70 watts, which company says is about 90% of all laptops) while the other two can charge other USB devices, like your smartphone, and tablet. At three inches long, 1.3” in diameter and weighting just three ounces, it is the smallest I’ve seen. Available in three colors, it also features a fold-down plug that rotates 90º to squeeze into tight spots. 110V to 240V voltage. The Zolt Laptop Charger Plus ships with a 6ft. laptop charging cable, 7 Interchangeable PC tips and Travel Pouch. Retail price when it’s available in Spring, will be $99.99. It’s available for preorder for $79.99. 

    http://www.gozolt.com/laptop-charger-plus/ 

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ9tolCvczo