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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

    Saturday
    May272017

    Fun + some high tech gadgets from the NYC Baby Show! (Claimed to be one of the biggest baby gadgets show in the US.)

    There were dozens of strollers on display at the show. One that got my attention was the Austlen ENTOURAGE. It offers over 30 handy configurations and they claim, a wicked-fast 1 second expansion. (That's what they say: 1 second!) They add that the seat is suitable from birth up to 50 lbs. Market tote up to 35 lbs. Lower storage basket up to 65 lbs.
    Total combined weight of kids and cargo up to 150 lbs. What attracted me to this stroller is that I wondered what a baggage/beach cart was doing at the baby show. You can sort of see what I mean by the photo I took. To me it almost looks like adding the baby is an after-thought. But no matter, visiting their website I see it is wildly versatile and bit on the expensive side. But take into account I never had a child and I never shopped for strollers. So what's your guess as to what this retails for - and seems to be selling for that price at many places. The answer is below the link to their video: 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoEOS_jGlzI

     

    Selling price of the Austlen Entourage is $849.99.

     

    I guess I should not have been too surprised at the price because at CES 2017 I covered the 4MOMS Moxie Stroller which had more tech features, but not nearly as many configurations. That stroller was $699.99. Since this was a public show you could order or even buy a stroller right there. But how could folks decide so quickly how an expensive stroller might perform on the street. Well, to make it easier, there was something I thought was ingenious - the folks at http://www.aaptiv.com/  (a fitness app) came up with the 'Stroller Test Track'. Check it out:

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/2-5Djx9B2vY 

    Saturday
    May272017

    A Smart Button For Baby.

    The MonBaby Smart Buttontracks your baby’s movements and sends an alert to your smart phone or tablet when your attention is needed so YOU CAN GET SOME SLEEP! It alerts you about stomach sleeping, stoppage in breathing movements, falls and unusual activity – all of the data is sent to your smart phone or tablet with easy access through the MonBaby app on iOS or Android devices. It has a small form factor (1.3" diameter) design to fit over any typical baby clothing. You will be able to continue to use the monitor at different stages of your child’s development. Now the company says it works optimally when placed in the same room with your smartphone. (It works on Bluetooth Smart). You can extend the range via the MonBridge app available on compatible Android devices via Google Play and the Amazon App Store. Compatible with iPhone 5 and above and Android devices with 4.4 software and Bluetooth 4.0. Comes with an extra battery and a mini screwdriver for convenience. The company also says this is not a medical device, but a consumer electronics device. $99.99 

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2riTNW5

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/nkUAnNt7NaE

     

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

    Saturday
    May272017

    An easy way to dress baby – magnetically! 

    Inventors of MagneticMe baby clothingThis booth at the NYC Baby Show had huge crowds around it. People were buying garments like crazy. So I asked what was going on, and Lawrence (who you see in the video) filled me in. Here's the back story on Magnetic Mebaby clothing: After struggling to put a Velcro bib on her nephew and then seeing him cry from the Velcro ripping out his fine baby hair, Lauren thought, “why not a magnet which would be more gentle and fasten itself?” Two years later, after vigorous research and development, Magnificent Baby® came to market with a full line of infant’s wear to critical acclaim. Lifelong college friends, Lauren & Lawrence left corporate America with the single goal of making life easier for as many parents and babies as possible. Compliments heard most often: “Why didn’t I think of that?”, “I wish I had that when my son/daughter was little.”, and, “Does it come in my size”? Lauren & Lawrence's website is

    www.magneticme.com

     

    Giz Wiz Video:https://youtu.be/up8EirxcGWY

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mublFmQ-HpE

    Saturday
    May272017

    Make a single Tea Light candle up to 100 times brighter!

    That's what Caframo says about their JOI Lamp Tea Light Candle Powered LED Lamp. And yes, it does work! The JOI lamps doesn't use batteries, solar or wall power to create its own light. It does use thermo-electric technology to transform the energy of a single tea light candle into enough light to illuminate your night. Within about four minutes of lighting it, JOI begins to convert the heat of the candle into more than 18 times the light generated by the tea light alone. The box copy says: '100X brighter than one tea light candle” and that sounds very reasonable after this using really unusual lamp. The design makes it an ideal centerpiece and the technology makes it perfect for indoor or outdoor lighting. Watch the video to see how versatile this lamp design is with dozen of various positions for the movable, extending arms, and adjustable shade. On Amazon it got 4.7 out of 5 stars from 65 reviewers, so people do love this lantern. It's not inexpensive at about $107.00 on Amazon, but I have seen it as low as $89 by doing a web search.

     

    Giz Wiz Video:  https://youtu.be/k3rzmbAc86M

     

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

     

    Company website: http://www.caframolifestylesolutions.com/product/joi/joi-heat-powered-lamp/

    Saturday
    May272017

    An Decent Under $14 Security Camera.

    I like having a security camera facing the street from my Gizneyland studio. It's mainly to watch for deliveries, or the Post Office truck when I have packages to send out. I tried a Dropcam, but the lag is too long. I had another wireless camera that broadcasted on 2.4 Ghz, but that finally gave up the ghost. So I decided a hard wired camera would show me action outside my studio 'live'. But I never guessed I could buy one so cheap! The one I bought was the “Ansice 3.6mm Lens Wide Angle Mini Case Camera 540TVL CMOS With Filter CCTV Pinhole Camera. It is a bare-bones indoor camera with no infrared, no night vision and no sound. But hey, it's under $14! Power Required:12V DC 500mA or above and it's sold without power supply. The power supply added about $7 or so, and I bought a 25' extension for $7.50. So the whole camera security system was under $30. I already had an 7” monitor with RCA video in, so I used that for viewing. You can see how the camera does on my video.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/8kxn7GO-XS0

     

    Camera (w/o power) Under $14 http://amzn.to/2qsIdX2

     

    Power Supply: KEYWANTS AC to DC 12V 500mA Power Supply $7.99 http://amzn.to/2qs5A2I

     

    All-in-One BNC Video and Power Cable Wire Cord with Connector for CCTV Security Camera 25Ft - with BNC connectors - $7.50 http://amzn.to/2qROFrx