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    Friday
    Feb012019

    Giz Wiz Show 1712 January 31, 2019 Independent Show #194 CES 2019-Part 3!

    This month (February) The Giz Wiz Show starts it's 13th year of production, and the fifth year of Independent Production! (The very first Giz Wiz show was February 20th, 2006.) Thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters we continue on! If it wasn't for them, the Giz Wiz Show would be gone. 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: http://www.gizwiz.tv. You can also contribute just once via the PayPal link that's there too. 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. Thanks from OMGchad & DickDe!

     

    This, our last show recorded in January (31st), is still all about “2019 Consumer Electronics Show Gadgets!” Chad & I were out there in Vegas with our producer Josh, shooting lots of the videos for the show. And a thank you to Larry Gerson who shot my videos at CES while Josh & Chad were off shooting theirs. We start this show with something you may not know about:

     

    Vayyar Radar - radar that can be used in the bathroom & the rest of the house.

    In this week's show Chad reports on a new Walabot product from Vayyar Imaging. The company says that "All Walabot devices are created to help you uncover hidden things in the world around you. Our technology is based on 3D imaging sensors that use radio frequency, rather than a camera, to see through solid surfaces and create a visual image of what’s inside." The company already makes a 3D DIY device to let see people see through walls to find wiring, pipes, etc. Walabot Home, their newest gadgets, is a 3D sensor that can “see” through walls and detect motion. It mounts on a wall and is said to be able to detect if someone has fallen and well - can't get up. When Walabot detect a motion like a fall, it will automatically place a call for help to the selected contact without the fallen person needing to push a button or even be wearing a device. So that's great for an elderly person taking a shower or a bath, especially since there is no camera needed in the room. The company says it can even can detect if someone stops breathing. Another neat feature is that a person who wants help can also just push a button on the device to summon their emergency contact. The cost is $149.99 + $4.99 a month, with the 1st 6 months free.

    http://www.walabot.com/

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1712

    Friday
    Feb012019

    Two new automobile technologies to make driving more fun & enjoyable.

    Neither so these 'gadgets of the future' are available now. The first one, the company says is hopefully just a couple of years away. It's called IAV Side Window Entertainment. 

    Thanks to IAV's Side Window Entertainment, passengers will soon be able to look outside windows equipped with intelligent augmented reality technology and find relevant information on nearby points of interest with one simple touch. Using the augmented window will turn zooming in and taking screenshots into child’s play, letting passengers recall impressions even after the journey is over, and serve as helpful reminders. In addition to digitally enhanced sightseeing, Side Window Entertainment also offers numerous interactive features based on their location. For example, hungry passengers can easily make a reservation driving past a restaurant or arrange appointments like their next haircut or doctor’s visit directly on the window. Kids will love these new windows too: audiovisual content such as videos and games can be shown just as easily, making sure they are entertained even on long car rides.

     

    https://www.iav.com/sites/default/files/handouts/2018/en/side-window-entertainment.pdf

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/Lth7HDFHMKE  

     

    And here's IAV Car maintenance in the future video. I wonder if car maintenance will ever be this easy:

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OioCfOgWIo

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1712  

    Friday
    Feb012019

    Pigzbe - a very modern digital take on the old-fashioned 'piggy-bank'.

    At CES Chad & I thought this was a digital take on the 'piggy-bank'. Well, it's a heck of a lot more complicated than that! Here's info from the company: “In our increasingly cashless world, it’s more and more difficult for children to understand the value of money. Pigzbe is a (very) smart device and educational app that teaches kids 6+ great saving, spending and earning habits through play. It's one of the first ever family products built using the blockchain. We call it a piggy-wallet. Today’s kids live in a fast-changing financial world. Digital money, contactless payments, in-app purchases and cryptocurrency are all things they need help to understand. It's hard to get to grips with money if you can’t touch the notes or feel the coins! We wanted to find a way to make digital money physical, so children can touch, play and experiment with it. The same way we did with the coins in our piggy-banks.

    From the Giz Wiz: Watch Chad's video which may help explain this product a bit more. I'm not sure I understand it, but a lot of others do, because Pigzbe has rasied over $100,000 on Indiegogo.

    http://www.pigzbe.com/

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1712  

    Friday
    Feb012019

    Onelink Secure Connect

    This clever new device is not coming until midyear, but here's some preview info via First Alert: As more connected home products are developed every day, can your internet keep up? To ensure devices remain both connected and secure, First Alert is introducing their Onelink Surround Wi-Fi mesh solution. Soon available as an embedded feature within Onelink smoke and carbon monoxide alarm products such as the Onelink Safe & Sound alarm–eliminating the need for additional Wi-Fi boosters or devices. Offering a secure Wi-Fi mesh solution within an essential home device is a natural step for the Onelink by First Alert brand, helping our customers protect what matters most and taking full advantage of voice services, like Amazon Alexa. The Onelink Surround Wi-Fi creates a closed, private network to help detect and prevent cyber-threats and hacks. The technology scans every outbound connection from the network to analyze URLs and IP addresses to detect malicious traffic and infected machines. Users are notified of any potentiallysuspect activity and, if restricted settings are enabled, it can block any questionable content.

    Company website: (Other Onelink devices are here, but this one may not be listed yet.)

    https://onelink.firstalert.com/

    When I got back to New York City, I asked First Alert if they still made non-smart detector, for places like apartments and cottages. Turns out they make up with a built-in a ten year battery, so you can install it and not have to worry about a dead battery. It also has a much smaller profile, which the company says is up to 50% smaller than other smoke/CO detectors. And it's under $25! (As of 2/1/19) 

    Amazon-First Alert PR710 Slim Photoelectric Smoke Alarm with 10-Year Sealed Battery: https://amzn.to/2MHOQhx

    That Amazon link is a GizWiz Link. GizWizBiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff. - If you subscribe to WikiBuy they have the same device at a lower price. Also check Lowe's for a lower price.

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1712   

    Friday
    Feb012019

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

    For this week's show I picked a Gadget Warehouse device from CES 2011

    It's a bit of info from the company & their announcement

     CELESTRON INTRODUCES PERSONAL LOCATOR GPS TOOL (AT CES 2011)

    Celestron's reTrace Lite (Suggested Retail Price: $49) and reTrace Deluxe (Suggested Retail Price: $99) is an easy-to-use GPS device helping travelers, campers, sports and outdoor enthusiasts, joggers and others not get lost. The reTrace GPS is a personal locator with a built-in digital compass that measures the distances to waypoints a user sets to find their way back to a target location. reTrace works anywhere in the world where a GPS signal can be received. The device also features an altimeter, barometer, temperature and real time display.

    From The Giz Wiz: Browsing through the instructions, I think you'll see it's not quite as easy as one might hope. And shortly after this device was introduced smartphones started doing the exact same thing for free, or for just a couple of bucks. The reTrace still shows up online, sometimes at higher prices than it originally sold for, but it is not longer offered by Celestron. 

    Here's a look at the reTrace Instructions: https://s3.amazonaws.com/celestron-site-support-files/support_files/1311621974_retracedeluxema.pdf

    It was discontinued by manufacturer, so I was surprised to see this company is expected delivery soon (as of 1/31/19): https://amzn.to/2sTaVQP

    Deluxe model is here: https://amzn.to/2G0upvA

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1712

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

     

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    Letter of the week:

    If your kids are spending too much time on their electronic devices, loyal fan and frequent contributor Mo Torres has a suggestion.

    Hey guys - Saw this, & thought, what a great idea, to bad all my kids entertainment run on battery. Mo