About Me


Dick DeBartolo, MAD's Maddest Writer, and co-host of The Giz Wiz at GizWiz.TV, The Giz Wiz on ABC's World News Now, and on Tech Guy Labs with Leo Laporte on TWiT.tv. But wait, there's More »

Search Giz Wiz Biz
Latest Tweets
This form does not yet contain any fields.
    « Chad's new Crappy Corner Theme for February as picked by our loyal Patreon members! | Main | Giz Wiz Show 1712 January 31, 2019 Independent Show #194 CES 2019-Part 3! »

    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

    This week you'll see another CES “amazing gadget” from the past that seemed to go nowhere. The Tethercell was introduced at CES 2013. It's was a great idea. It let you turn ordinary AA-battery-powered devices on and off remotely. Basically you inserted a fresh AAA battery into the specially AA shaped Tethercell that contained Bluetooth and other special circuitry. You replace one AA battery with the Tethercell in the device you want to control. No matter how many AA batteries are required to run the device, you only need one Tethercell. Once installed you could use the Tetherboard app to control that device from any iOS or Android Bluetooth compatible smartphone. Well, that was how it was supposed to work. It took more than a year before there was a “working” Tethercell battery available. In 2014 Chad showed us how the Tethercell performed (which wasn't very good) and you'll see it again on this week's show. (And you see get to see what Chad looked like over 5 years ago!) The company website is no longer in operation, but the chatroom found a very similar device on Amazon for the same price as the original Tethercell, which was/is $35.00. There are only 3 so-so reviews for the newer MaBeee MB-3002WB Smart Battery Controller.

    Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2GuPVYM


    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1713



    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so here's what we're looking for! Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:

    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.


    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.


    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.


    My Favorite Gadget (favorite old, or favorite new): Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.


    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll earn a tiny amount of fame (hopefully). And if you live in the US, you'll also get an autographed 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture and a MAD surprise (most likely the current issue of MAD.) But no matter where you live, I canemail an autographed to you Alfred E. Neuman photo if we show your video. Just print it out, frame it, or just hang it up and no one will know it's a copy. We've tested it out and fans say they look terrific!


    All show submissions go to mail@gizwiz.tv



    Reader Comments

    There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

    PostPost a New Comment

    Enter your information below to add a new comment.

    My response is on my own website »
    Author Email (optional):
    Author URL (optional):
    Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>