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    The Giz Wiz Show 1634 for August 4st 2017, Our 117th Independent Production. 

    We're 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.

    This week it's another fun event show on this week's Giz Wiz Show! There are many Summer media events that show off gifts and gadgets for the holidays. Why are they in summer, so far in advance of the holidays? Some folks still find out about the latest 'hot' holiday gift ideas from the big color, slick magazines. And slick magazines need to make their picks in July and August in order to get them into the fall/winter issues. Of course with today's blog's reporters can often tell any audience what they consider a 'hot gift idea' within a few minutes of learning about, or even broadcast it live!


    Hammacher Schlemmer is known for unique, off-beat gifts. And we found four of them on display the Holiday Gift Guide.

    Since we're seeing these gadgets for the first time, all the info here was provided by the company.

    The Three Little Pigs Talking Pig. (This was just added to the company website:)

    The Rapid Photo Album Scanner. This is the device with patented anti-glare technology that converts photographs into digital images without having to remove them from a mounted photo album. The converter rests on an album page, displays its subject on its built-in 2.4" TFT color LCD, and uses a 14 MP CMOS sensor to scan the photo in as a 700 dpi JPEG. The digital image can be stored on an SD card up to 32 GB (not included) or imported to a computer with the included USB cable. The device also converts slides and 135 film negatives into digital images with 3200 dpi resolution using included trays. Accepts photographs up to 4" x 6". Plugs into AC with included adapter or can also be powered via a computer using its USB cable. 8 1/4" L x 7" W x 6 1/2" D. (2 1/2 lbs.) $199.99

    The Selfie Drone. This is the smartphone-controlled drone that captures and shares stunning first-person photos and video without a clumsy selfie stick. Ideal for novice flyers, the drone can take off and land from your hand and features a 98' range, obstacle avoidance, and optical flow for stable flight that creates a hovering tripod. Its 12 MP camera offers electronic and mechanical stabilization and flash to record bucket-list adventures, party hijinks, or daily happenings on-the-fly, day or night. A free app for iOS or Android smartphones provides intuitive navigation and camera controls and one-touch sharing of “dronies” to all your social media. Saves up to 1080p/60 fps video onto a microSD card up to 64 GB. Its rechargeable battery provides eight minutes of flight time from a 90-minute charge. Includes two batteries, 16 GB microSD card, USB charging cradle with cable, removable training bumpers, and carrying case. 1 1/2" H x 8" W x 8" D. (10 oz.)

    The Mirthful Sommelier's Wine Glasses. These are the wine glasses with bent stems that add a touch of whimsy to one’s wine service. Ideal for setting a relaxed, lighthearted mood at the beginning of a gathering or for a surreptitious stemware switch after guests are about to start on their second Syrah, each glass sits atop a wide, sturdy base that holds wine securely, despite an impaired appearance. Easily nosed, each glass is hand-blown into a unique vessel with stems that bend a bit more or bowls that tilt a bit more than others, supporting the adage that wine affects everyone—and every glass—differently. Set of two 12 oz. dishwasher-safe glasses. 7" H. (1 oz.) 2 for $24.95.

    See all of these gadgets in this Giz Wiz Video:

    Company website:

    See or hear this show:  Goes live late 8/4/17 


    Meet Twistmas Lights. Yes, Twistmas!

    WHAT IS A TWISTMAS LIGHT? A Twistmas Light allows anyone to take their favorite photos and make their own personalized holiday ornaments. You can decorate your tree with what matters most to you; special family photos, pets, photos of family history, favorite sports teams and more...the possibilities are endless. It's also the perfect personalized gift for friends and family members. A Twistmas Light can be purchased as an individual ornament or a package of six ornaments. Each Twistmas light plackage includes the proper number of photo discs, stickers to print your images, and helpful hints to create beautiful keep sakes. Twistmas Lights are designed to fit on to any mini-light. This light is gives a great glow to the photo in the Twistmas Light ornament. $24.99 for box of six (6) Twistmas Lights. Includes product, instructions, test paper, and label paper. 

    Giz Wiz Video:


    Company website:  

    See or hear this show: Goes live late 8/4/17


    Such A Funny Idea For A Holiday Party Or Family Get-together.

    If you like crazy costumes but don’t have the skills or time to make your own, check out these funny Ride On costumes at Ugly Christmas Sweater. Yep, that's the real name of the company. These zany, but clever costumes give the illusion of an elf giving you a piggyback ride, but obviously that's not happening as you'll see in the video. But it should have everyone rolling on the floor with laughter at your next holiday office party or family gathering when you dress up for the season in their Christmas Piggyback Ride on Elf Costume. The costume tricks your vision so that those who encounter the wearer will think that they are actually sitting on the shoulders of a cute little Santa helper. $79.99. The company makes other “piggyback ride on” costumes too.

    Giz Wiz Video:


    This is strange. Seems the ride-on costume not at Ugly Sweaters. They may have been thinking about adding them to their line, or maybe they were just sharing their booth with another company. But, no problem, I found the elf here on Amazon, along with many other ride ons:



    Company website:


    See or hear this show:  Goes live late 8/4/17



    Chad's Crappy Corner And His New Theme For August Picked By Our Loyal Patreons.

    Chad polls our faithful Patrons to determine each month's theme for 'Chad's Crappy Corner'. This month our patron's voted on a theme Chad is very excited about. It's “Cheap Tech Gadgets from Thrift Shops'. The reason Chad likes it is that on his 1st visit to his 1st thrift shop, he found three fun, tech-like gadgets, cheap! Chad's first gadget is the Wacky Wake Up Clock! It's long out of production but still listed on Amazon through 3rd party sellers for about $40. The purpose of this strange looking clock is get you out of bed with a bunch of annoying people sort of screaming at you. (Be sure to watch Chad's video in this week's show.)You can wake to one of seven funny random wake-up phrases, or the sound of an old fashion alarm bell. Even though the description online talks about falling asleep or waking to your AM/FM radio Chad showed us there is no hint of a radio in the clock. Chad also likes that the big red LED digits for the time display are easy to read, and can be dimmed for sleep if you like. But wait, there's more the clock includes a battery backup in case of power failure. What put this over the top for Chad was that his cost for $4!

    See or hear this show: Goes live late 8/4/17


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

    This week's viewer video isn't about an old gadget, but about a gadget we covered a few weeks ago. It was a little device designed to quickly take the shell off hard-boiled egg, called The Negg. We wondered if you could do the same thing with a glass mason jar, and asked if someone would try it and send us a video. Steve Overton did! Here's his email:

    Hi Dick and Chad,.


    here is a link to a video I made trying to shell hardboiled eggs per your request.



    Thanks, Steve Overton


    See or hear this show: Goes live late 8/4/17



    We’re looking for more Viewer Videos!


    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 a tiny amount of fame (hopefully), an autographed MAD magazine and a 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture. So that's one more (so-so) reason to send in your video!

    IMPORTANT: We'll just shower you with praise for your video if you live outside the US or Canada since we can't afford to send stuff outside of those two places. (Thanks for understanding.)


    All show submissions go to  



    Letter of the week:


    From: RangerRick


    LED Eyelashes Message:


    Saw this on This Week in Google with Leo. The project is a kickstarter that will blow your mind and look a little creepy. The Youtube site is  



    Thought you would get a kick out of it. ;-]


    Ranger Rick