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    Thursday
    Jun012017

    The Giz Wiz Show 1625 for June 2nd 2017, Our 108th Independent Production. 

    We're Celebrating Two Years+ Of Independent Production! Thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters The Giz Wiz Show continues into year three! 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. 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.

    And now onto this week's show with the final three high-tech gadgets from the NYC Baby Show! (Claimed to be one of the biggest baby gadgets show in the US.) 

    It's Potty Time!

     

    From Summer Infant comes My Size Potty. It features the look and feel of an adult toilet to help ensure your child has a comfortable and confident transition to the real thing. Realistic features include a toilet handle with a flushing sound to encourage your child while potty training. The clip-on splash guard and flip-up lid help boys in the potty training process, and the built in wipe dispenser is perfect for promoting good hygiene. A removable bowl makes clean-up easy. For children 18 months up to 50 pounds.

     

    Under $27 on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2skqM8L (White, but there's a pink version there too for a lot more money $46.00. (Prices as of 5/31/17)

     

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

     

    Also from Summer Infant, the Pop N' Sit Portable Booster supports on-the-go lifestyles and makes feeding time easy with a removable, BPA-free tray, innovative pop and fold set-up, and over the shoulder carrying bag. With its lightweight design and compact fold, the Summer Infant Pop N' Sit Portable Booster is perfect for dining on-the-go or even in the patio with your little one. It includes straps which the company says turns a regular kitchen chair into a high chair. When your baby needs a place to eat, just pop it open. Bon appétit!

     

    Under $28 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2qzRI4b

     

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

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1625

    Thursday
    Jun012017

    The "highest high chair" for baby. 

    (And perhaps, the highest price too.) We've covered many gadgets from a company called 4Moms. Turns out BloomBaby was founded by four dads. Their mission as I understand it, is to reinvent traditional baby gadgets have been functional, but not updated for modern times.

    At The NYC Baby Show I saw the impressive Bloom Fresco Chrome High Chair. The spokesperson said it is the world's highest baby chair. And by highest they were talking about tray height, which is 36". That means the baby's tray height will at the same level as a breakfast bar an adult might eat at sitting on a stool. There's a 3-position recline system; fully lie-flat newborn cradle, semi recline and upright seat. Easy up/down height adjustment allow baby to join the family at the dining table or the modern breakfast bar. So it should be usable starting from birth, all the way to school age (which they give as 8 years old). In cradle mode a newborn baby is up from the ground where parents and baby are able to experience all important eye-to-eye contact. Other features include a removable click-in/click-out aluminum safety bar designed for use in all 3 recline positions. A 5 point safety harness with padded shoulder straps & bloom smart buckle, childproof release. A super-sized, scratch resistant & anti-slip adjustable feeding tray & second smaller play tray made from FDA food grade plastic & stainless steel parts that are removable & dishwasher safe. A removable reinforced aluminum footrest with 3 adjustable height positions. But wait, there's more! Large, scratch free wheels concealed in base for easy movement. Minimum weight recommendation is 5 pounds and the maximum is 79 pounds. After reading all that you know this innovative high chair is not inexpensive. It ranges from about $450 to $850 with all the bells and whistles. But if you can use it for eight years, even the most expensive model is just a bit above a $100 a year.

    Lots of Fresco High Chairs on Amazon from about $480 & Up. Most require an additional seat back set (you pick the color) that adds $80 to $100 to the cost. http://amzn.to/2qF2Qg4   

     

    Giz Wiz Video: (Tech Glitch Makes Video End Abruptly, but fortunately it's just as the spokesperson describes the last feature of the high chair.) https://youtu.be/xQxGAEk-j04 

     

    Company website: http://www.bloombaby.com/

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1625

    Thursday
    Jun012017

    Baby Formula Automatically Prepared From Formula Capsules.

    This device is called the Gerber BabyNes Baby Formula Dispenser. Here's what Amazon says about it: Create the perfect bottle in less than a minute. The BabyNes formula system dispenser delivers superior hygiene, intuitive design, lump-free formula and a happier bottle-feeding experience for babies and parents. To prepare your bottle, adjust the temperature and simply pop the formula capsule in. The formulas in the BabyNes system are inspired by the evolving composition of breast milk. And with four stages tailored to your baby’s development from 0-12 months, it’s our closest formula to breast milk.Choose your baby preferred temperature. The water is heated to the selected temperature and is filtered before entering each capsule (so you can use municipal tap water or bottle water) The machine is Wi-Fi enabled and connects to your smartphone, so you can track every feed automatically, receive feeding alert and sign up for auto replenishment. Only compatible with BabyNes formula capsules. Try for 90 days, without commitment. Money back guarantee. $199.99.

    Formula Pods: A box of 26 Single served pods pre-measured and sealed for freshness is in the $36 range. Actual price per box is based on the baby's age. Be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, because it seems if your baby requires a lot of milk, the cost per month of the pods could run into the hundreds of dollars. But not everybody seemed concerned. Out of 77 reviews, the system got 3.9 out of 5 stars.

     

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2qCzyCY

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/ccJUl7CtIis

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1625

    Thursday
    Jun012017

    It's June And We'll Find Out What Theme Our Patreons Voted On For Chad.

    Chad came up with a different idea for the June theme. He thought it would be fun to poll our loyal Patreon members and have them select a type of store where Chad should buy all the gadgets for the month of June. That way listeners would have a better chance of finding the same item Chad reviewed at a local store near them. (Although you DON'T want the gadget reviewed on this show!) Our Patreon members picked “Large Drug Store Chains” as the place Chad should find Cheap Gadgets for June.

    So at his local CVS Chad bought the Vivitar ViviCam 54 - a 5.1MP Digital Camera. Well, it turns out that that was a big mistake! First of all, there is no way to add memory to this camera, and the onboard memory can only save 120 images at dismal VGA quality. Although it's supplied with a USB cable, the end that plugs into the camera is not standard, so you must use that cable! The manual and software come on a CD. Chad, like others, doesn't have a CD player on his computer and he could not find the software online. So Chad had pictures and short videos on his camera with no way to download them. Then, he opened the battery compartment to show us the camera uses 3 AA's. Guess what? Opening the camera erased ALL his photos and videos! This really is a giant piece of crap! On Amazon it got 1.5 Stars out of 5 from 11 reviewers -- 84% of them gave it 1 star! It was $19.99 at CVS and about $18 on Amazon, but I can't imagine why anyone would want one, except for aggregation or to give to someone you loathe as a gift.

     

    http://amzn.to/2skBugo

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1625

    Thursday
    Jun012017

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

    Our viewer video this week is from a fan of the show who seems to buy just as many gadgets as we do. This is his 3rd viewer video.

    From Moses Torres

    My great new Gadget, I think u & OMG are going to really like it. 

    I think you & Chad use your phones for taking pictures & filming videos, this device makes it easy. At this time, i think they only make it for the iPhone, but I am sure android adapters will eventually be available. Love the show

     

    YouTube: https://youtu.be/ijdUWOf7FEA

     

    It was selling for $109.99 on both Amazon & BH Photo as of 6/1/17

     

    Amazon: http://amzn.to/2qFZjy3 

     

    B&H: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1262254-REG/miggo_mw_pt_one_bs_40_pictar_plus_camera_grip.html

     

    Mo.

     

    Company video: https://vimeo.com/185635490  

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1625

     

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    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.

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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 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 mail@gizwiz.tv  

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    Letter of the week:

     

    This is an email request we get a lot at gizwiz.tv.

     

    So tonight Chad will go over his set-up again and add in new things his added to his own Giz Wiz Show studio.

     

    What episode describes the studio setup about switching software (I think it is OBS), “monocaster”, etc.?   I can’t find it in the shownotes?

     

    Patron Bob Davis

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    Also on this episode Chad explains all the gadgets and gear he uses in his Giz Wiz Studio.