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    The Giz Wiz Show 1648 for November 10th, 2017, Our 131th Independent Production. 

    We're well into our third year of Independent Production thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters! 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, but a bit more support would be a big help.

    We start the show this week with two unique gadgets from a new event called Fair Play, held at the Javits Center NYC, November 3-5, 2017.


    Remember in last week's show we talked about Lego losing it's patent on Lego Bricks? Well, here's another sample of a product that works with, and looks like, Lego bricks - but with a big difference. E-Blox not only can they be used to build your creations, they can also bring them to life! E-Blox uses a patented technology, which consists of tin-plated blocks (pARTS line) that connect to a battery block, powering the electrical component blocks. The plated blocks used in our pARTS line allow you to seamlessly integrate electronic circuitry into your builds so there are no wires to bundle and hide. The company says that soon you will be able to add motors, speakers, amplifiers, Bluetooth connectivity, and sound effects to your pARTS sets. There are two different product lines and here's the difference between E-Blox Circuit Builder and E-Blox pARTS product lines.The E-Blox Circuit Builder line is great for STEM education and learning. E-Blox pARTS are a form of independent study to fulfill the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) principles. With E-Blox pARTS, there are no predetermined builds. Rather, E-Blox pARTS are designed to encourage you to use your imagination and creativity to design your own builds, or modify existing builds you may already have from other brands. There's also something called eBlox stories kits on their website. The boat in the photo is from one of those kit-building stories. The company recommended age for E-Blox is 8 years and up. Kits start at $34.99. 

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