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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

    Sunday
    Mar222015

    The Giz Wiz Goes To The Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida and returns with lots of neat pet gadgets!

    At Global Pet Expo Motorola introduced two new pet collars, the SCOUT 2500 and SCOUT 5000. They say they’re the latest wearable technology for pets. The SCOUT 2500 allows owners to track their pet and pinpoint their exact location using GPS. The SCOUT 2500 also allows users to set up geo-fencing for their pet through the Hubble app. Launching in summer 2015, the SCOUT 2500 will retail for $99. When I asked about a monthly fee, there was some good news. The entire first year is free, and service thereafter is only about $30 a year. Early GPS tracking devices sometimes had a $20 or more a monthly fee, which is why they didn’t sell well. Designed for slightly larger dogs, the SCOUT 5000 provides all the functionality of the SCOUT 2500 with the added benefit of a camera and audio communication features. Owners can see what their dog sees with a 4K Wi-Fi  camera built into the collar. Using the Hubble for Motorola Monitors app, the SCOUT 5000 (pictured top left) can stream video directly from the collar to the owner’s compatible smartphone. The live stream footage can even be recorded in 720p on an SD card aboard the camera. But wait, there’s more! Owners can communicate with their dogs with a built-in speaker and two-way audio. Well, you can talk to your pet. Whether they answer or not is up to your pet. The Motorola SCOUT 5000 is water-resistant and available in an array of styles and colors. MSRP is $199. Scout 2500 pictured right will be $99.

    Both are coming in the fall 2015. 

    Sunday
    Mar222015

    From Global Pet Expo, a very techie microchip cat door.

    Pet-Mate had an amazing assortment of electronic Pet Doors at Global Pet Expo. They manufacture them for dogs and cats, but one of the most advanced is their Cat Mate Elite Microchip Cat Door. It uses R.F.I.D. technology to offer major advancements in pet access control. To enter the house, the animal must have a Microchip ID from a Veterinarian implanted in the cat’s neck, or a unique Cat Mate electronic Collar I.D. Disc (not included). Any animal can exit through the door, provided the 4 way electronic lock is not set to ‘In Only’ or ‘Locked’. The door can be programmed for up to 9 cats, which will keep strays and the neighbor’s cats out. The LCD display shows selected entry and exit lock status, cat location and time since the flap was last used - for up to 3 cats. Cat location is indicated via arrows, which show the last direction of cat, toward indoors or outdoors. The cat door also features a timer function. You could set it for say 11 PM to 7 AM which will keep cats in at night. Uses 4 AA batteries which should power the cat door for 6 to 9 months. (Batteries not included.) Cat Mate Elite Microchip Cat Door has a MSRP of $199.95. There are many other high tech cat and dog doors starting as low as $24 at the company website:

    http://www.pet-mate.com/  

    Giz Wiz You Tube Cat Door Video: https://youtu.be/Nl0vB7vZt_I 

    Amazon links:

    Cat Mate Elite Microchip Cat Door is $165.99 on Amazon, plus $6.38 shipping as of 3/13/15. Total: $172.38 

    Cat Mate Elite Microchip Cat Door With Timer Control 

    For about $7 more - $179.32 - If you're a Prime Member on Amazon, you can get it with Free shipping here: (As of 3/13/15) 

    Cat Mate Elite Microchip Cat Door With Timer Control 

    Sunday
    Mar222015

    You lock your bike, why not your dog?

    Pawz, the makers of theSafeSpot Leash says that approximately 2 million dogs are stolen each year. I would never leave my dog unattended in a public place, but if you absolutely must, this leash securely locks your dog to an immovable object. And it locks at both ends. The steel cable reinforced Safespot Locking Leash can also be used as an everyday leash. You can use the locking feature only when necessary. It’s a fully adjustable collar and lead in one. With a steel cabled core, you can have peace-of-mind on those short occasions you need to leave your dog unattended. MSRP $69.99. It's available at Petco. It's also at Amazon. It was $62.00 here on Amazon with free shipping for Prime Members. (As of 3/16/15)

    Here's a video about the SafeSpot Leash from the Petco website: http://video.petco.com/v/1496314769/pawz-safespot-locking-dog-leash/

    Pawz Safespot Locking Dog Leash - Black 

    Pawz is also famous for their doggie boots. And they make a easy-to-put on coat with a built in leash ring. Here's their website:  http://pawzdogboots.com/

    Sunday
    Mar222015

    A Clever 2-Way Travel Cup For Pets.

    The Snack-DuO with Collapsible Companion Cup is a truly unique innovation – the first reusable pet hydration bottle on the market with two side-by-side chambers. Transport both cool water and a crunchy snack or kibble within the same bottle cylinder. The two chambers each have a different lid configuration. There’s a watertight “cap top” on the beverage chamber, and a wide-mouth snap lid covering the snack chamber. The Snack-DuO also comes with a matching, collapsible “Companion Cup” which can be used by the dog for either the water or the dry food or snack. This can easily be used for kids and anyone who wants to carry water and a dry snack in a compact container. Available in colors and clear. It’s a new item, so it might not be at stores yet. (As of 3/15/15) Under $20 

    http://store.dexas.com/snack-duo-with-companion-cup/

    Sunday
    Mar222015

    A new Hyper 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)

    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: www.hyper-pet.com