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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
    Jul232017

    A look at three new gadgets the Giz Wiz found at CE Week, a mid-year mini-look at new Consumer Electronics.

    The 360 Security Camera That Sees All Around Your Car. 

    The Waylens Secure360 4G is a revolutionary automotive security camera designed to give drivers unprecedented peace of mind. Waylens Secure360 4G provides a true 360° view of what happens in and around your vehicle, automatically storing imagery to the cloud for on-demand access. Easily monitor your vehicle and its surroundings in real-time and get instant notifications of any event, so that you can know, show and protect what’s important. It will let you know what’s happening in and around your car in real-time from any location (where you have a Wifi or cell connection, depending on the model you own.) It can show evidence of accidents, theft and other events with crystal-clear video. And it can protect your car, your driving record and yourself from threats and misinformation. True 360° Vision Gives You the Total Picture. A WiFi version of the Secure360 should be about $249.95. This camera is not available for purchase yet. It should be out in the fall. The 4G version will be about $349.95 and out Spring, 2018. You can sign up for updates at the company website. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/UqPsc0Rsk7Y 

    Company Websitehttps://360.waylens.com/

    Sunday
    Jul232017

    Meet Smartoo, Said To Be 'The World's First Smart Portable Desk'.

    (This device won't be available until December so the info here is via the company) Those who travel for work know that the struggle is real when it comes to finding a comfy place to use your computer. During a flight delay, we witnessed people struggling to work on their laptops by resting them on their laps and knees. We even saw one MacBook get dropped. We wanted to make work more productive and efficient for the frequent traveler which is why we created SMARTOO; the world´s first mobile smart desk that turns your suitcase into a workstation in seconds. It's under $100 which includes a 4200 mAh batery bank that slides right into its own compartment on the SMARTOO travel desk. If you'd like to back this project it's on Indiegogo right now where you can preorder one for a lot less money than suggested retail. (As of 7/19/17)

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/9OPRhy7h8bs   

    Company website: www.smartoodesk.com 

    Sunday
    Jul232017

    A New Spin On Fidget Spinners.

    You thought perhaps fidget spinners were on their way out? Well, according to DE World, the parent company of Spin-Tech, we haven't seen the end of 'fidget spinners' yet. At CE Week they were showing a hand spinner that works in conjunction with a double sided suction suction tube to transform a spinner into a phone stand and a phone grip. So when you're done spinning, you have another use for the device. And the company says their Fidget Tech spinner features a concave center cap that sits perfectly on any finger allowing for perfect balance. And that their long lasting ball bearings keeps you spinning far longer - effortlessly spins for at least 2 minutes. But wait, there's more. On the way from Fidget-Tech, as you'll see in the video, are spinners that can also be audio sharing devices, USB sharing devices, and even one that is a flash drive device! The simple versions with be $10 to $20 or so, and the real trick ones haven't been officially priced yet.

    Giz Wiz Video:  https://youtu.be/YufUv-e6XBg

    Company Website: http://www.fidget-tech.com/.

    Sunday
    Jul232017

    More new gadgets from CE Week, a mid-year look at new Consumer Electronics.

    (NOTE: Since I own none of these gadgets, and most are unavailable yet for this show, almost all the content this week was supplied by the manufacturers.)

    A Different Kind of Drone. The S.T.E.M Building Block Drone

     

    Odyssey’s Build-A-Drone is much more than your average drone- it's the first of its kind to boast a build-it-yourself feature! Engaging STEM learning in an innovative and entertaining way, the builder is responsible for using each toy block piece to assemble the entire aircraft, even inserting the motors. •Build in 3 configurations: Nano, Mid, Mega. The company says it's twice the fun --- first you build it --- then you fly it. Some specs from Odyssey: •4 speed settings •360° flips •Indoor and outdoor use •Trim adjustments •Spare bricks included •Velcro straps included •Superbright directional LEDs •SmartFly Tech •Flight Time 5-7 Minutes Model Number ODY-1228 •Recommended Age 12+ •Batteries 3.7V/650mAh •Charge Time 45-60 Minutes.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/dqU7No2sbFc

    This is one of my favorite finds at CE Week 2017, Check the low price, after you see the video!

    The Odyssey Toys Auto-Moto Voice-Activated Transforming Robot isn't only controlled by remote--it also has a voice-activation system. Simply relay instructions to it and it will transform from a robotic state to a vehicular state and vice versa. You can also command it to launch forward, execute razor-sharp left or right turns or come to a sudden halt. This is the perfect addition to any toy collection that will keep young children and RC-toy fanatics engaged for an extended period of time. Responds To Voice Commands Or Controllable Via Remote. EasilyTransforms Between Vehicular Mode & Robot Mode. Very reasonable price!

    Under $40.00

     Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/dqU7No2sbFc

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

    Sunday
    Jul232017

    Two New Webcams Via Logitech.

    With the new LogitechMeetUp video meetings just got a lot better. MeetUp is Logitech’s premier ConferenceCam designed for small conference rooms and huddle rooms. With a room capturing, super-wide 120° field of view and 4K* optics, MeetUp makes every seat at the table clearly visible. MeetUp’s integrated audio is optimized for huddle room acoustics and delivers an exceptional sound experience. It has has three broadside omnidirectional microphones with noise and echo cancellation— plus a custom-tuned speaker. Requires a USB 3.0 cable, not included. Use the included wireless remote control to pan, tilt and zoom to a whiteboard, presenter or object and preset/move between three camera views with the press of a button. Easy pairing to Bluetooth mobile devices for voice-only speakerphone calls. MSRP $899.99. Coming in August, 2017. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/6revdmGUhlE

     Amazon link:  http://amzn.to/2uf7u9I 

     

    Meet BRIO - 4K's an option to use!

     

    Logitech’s best webcam ever is packed with industry firsts. Whether you’re a business or home office professional, streamer, YouTuber, vlogger or anyone else looking for a top-of-the-line webcam, BRIO brings you one of the highest quality desktop video experience available. Dim light? Back light? Bright sunlight? No problem. Advanced Logitech RightLight 3 with High Dynamic Range (HDR) auto adjusts exposure and contrast so you always look your best in any lighting. 4k Ultra HD Video BRIO delivers a premier video collaboration, streaming and recording experience. Record professional-quality video in stunning 4K Ultra HD. (4K requires USB 3.0 port.) With multiple resolutions, including 1080p and 720p, BRIO supports every video app, monitor and bandwidth. Logitech’s first webcam with an infrared sensor supports Windows Hello and other facial recognition applications for speedier logins with a higher level of security. MSRP $199.99.

    Amazon: ($179.99 http://amzn.to/2tR6BBu (Not great reviews online here.)

    Giz Wiz Videohttps://youtu.be/6revdmGUhlE

    Company websitehttp://www.logitech.com/