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    Giz Wiz Show 1598 for November 25th, 2016, Our 82nd Independent Production.

    Thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters The Giz Wiz Show not only continues, but is well into its 2nd year of independent production. If you'd like to support OMGchad & DickDe in our independent venture (we pay for everything ourselves, including travel) just click the Patreon link at the top of our show web page: You can also contribute just once via the PayPal link that's there too. And thank you for doing that! Our show wouldn't exist without our viewer's support. And now, on the show!

    On this episode, and the one next week, we preview CES 2017, with new, high-tech gadgets we found at CES Unveiled, New York.


    Smart Remote wins three CES 2017 awards including most innovative product in the Smart Home category.


    It's a dream we all have. Being able to pick up one single remove to control everything in your home. Well now the folks at Seven Hugs say that can happen. That their Smart Remote instantly adapts to anything you point at. Anything?? Well, pretty close. Smart Remote is compatible with over 25,000 devices and counting. It gives you the ability to control any device via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Infrared. That includes devices like Smart TVs, Philips Hue and LIFX smart bulbs, Sonos speakers, Nest Learning Thermostats, and many more. Their point and control technology enables Smart Remote’s screen to adapt instantly to any device and display intuitive touch-screen controls customized for each device you point at. It uses motion tracking sensors and an indoor positioning system. It allows users to control their devices and more. Even get instant access to popular services like Uber. Order a ride by pointing Smart Remote at your front door or check the weather forecast by pointing it at your window. Do people want this? Well Sevenhugs’ Kickstarter campaign goal for Smart Remote was $50,000. When I checked on 1/20/17 the campaign was over and the project was funded with $1,323,009! Smart Remote will be available at select retailers in Fall ‘17 for $299.99. But depending on when you're reading this, there may still be early-bird Kickstarter pricing. You can get there via their website link below.


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