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    Friday
    Jan252019

    Giz Wiz Show 1711 January 25, 2019 Independent Show #193 CES 2019-Part 2!

    Very soon 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. 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. Thanks from OMGchad & DickDe!)

    Worried Your Echo Device May Still Be Listening, Even On Mute?

    Well, the Smartē Mute+ is said to enhances your smart speaker experience by providing an extra level of trusted privacy and peace of mind. It’s like double checking to make sure the doors are locked. When you turn it on Mute's proprietary technology cancels any voice or noise, near or far, from the smart speaker’s microphones. It easily fits on the Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot smart speakers and can be left on for ease of use. A clear ring at the bottom of the Mute+ lets you see the Echo speaker motion light. Set the lighted privacy timer at ten minutes per push of the center button for up to 1 hour at a time. Works with 3 AAA batteries which ARE included and there's a low battery light indicator. Coming soon for $24.99.

    https://mysmartelife.com/products/muteplus

    And those cute little Plugg-Its that easily fit on those popular 5-watt USB adapter charger plugs most of us have and that Chad showed in the video are also at the company website here:

    https://mysmartelife.com/products/pluggits 

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1711

    Friday
    Jan252019

    Whill Personal Electric Vehicles

    At the Whill exhibit I started off with a look at their intelligent personal electric vehicle (PEV) that was named a CES 2018 “Best of Innovation” Award winner at the last CES. Then I moved over to the MaaS (Mobility as a Service) demo area. Their goal is to design autonomous personal mobility technologies to safely move people through large and crowded venues such as airports, sports venues, shopping centers, and public sidewalks. For example, at an airport instead of an airline passenger assistant have to show up at a gate to manually push a person in a wheelchair; they're developing self-driving and self-stopping personal electric vehicles (that looks like moving chairs) to provide more independence to passengers who may need additional help. You'll call one to where you are via an app, and then tell it where you want to go. The spokesperson said two airports are already in a test-program and they hope to add more airports as the year progresses. There's a good example in the video in this week's show.

    Company website: www.whill.us  

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1711 

    Friday
    Jan252019

    Do you happen to own a Ninebot S?

    Well now you can turn it into a fast and fun GoKart with the 2019 Ninebot GoKart Kit. (They raised some $2M in various campaigns before it hit the marketplace. The company says their Ninebot GoKart Kit is both an adult’s dream kart and a kid’s dream car. It is one of the most unique accessories Segway-Ninebot has ever released. By attaching your Ninebot S base to the kit you’re able to enjoy a fully functional go-kart, and to reach top speeds of up to 15 MPH. With an adjustable frame length and a maximum payload of 220 lbs, parents and kids alike will be able to enjoy the experience. And it's app enabled. Using the Segway app you can access the New Rider Tutorial, control lighting, speed settings, update firmware and more. Both parents and kids will be able to enjoy the riding--after the fighting to see who gets to ride first! It's not inexpensive. The Ninebot S is as $489.00 and the GoKart Kit has a MSRP of $799.00. 

    Company store: http://www.segway.com/products/consumer-lifestyle/ninebot-gokart-kit                            

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1711

    Friday
    Jan252019

    When you're far away from a cell signal, why not use Satellites to stay in touch?

    Higher Ground, a Silicon Valley technology company, introduced the SatPaq at CES 2019. It's a lightweight, clip-on smartphone accessory that enables inexpensive (pay-as-you-go) messaging by satellite. For the 144 million outdoor enthusiasts in the U.S., the SatPaq solves two problems -- the anxiety of not ‘being connected’ and the frustration of having to pay monthly fees even if you do not use the service. SatPaq has recently been named a 2019 CES Innovation Award Honoree in the Wireless Devices, Accessories and Services Category. The SatPaq is the first satellite-messaging product to communicate directly to Geostationary [GEO] satellites for consumer communication. GEO satellites are in a stationary orbit around the Earth and are always in view. The company says messaging over Low Earth Orbit salstellites is SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive than using GEO satellites which in turn require a monthly fee, even when you don't use the service. By communicating with the big GEOs, the SatPaq says they can provide inexpensive, on-demand messaging service that you only pay for when you need it. $249.00 for the SatPaq. Then buy a message package and use them when you need them. There is no monthly service fee.

    https://satpaq.com/ 

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

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1711  

    Friday
    Jan252019

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

    Since the Gadget Warehouse is all about gadgets, here's one I never expected to see when I entered the NY Boat Show on January 24, 2019. Yes, it's a sport airplane! It turns out it was at the NY Boat Show because in addition to taking off and landing on terra firma, it can take off and land on the water.    

    Here's the company video: https://www.iconaircraft.com/home 

     

    Here's info from the company on this unique air-sea-land 2 passenger plane.

    Max take-off weight: 1,510lb / Useful load: 430-550lb /Baggage (max): 60lb

    Fuel: 91 Octane Auto (up to 10% ethanol) or 100LL Aviation

    Max speed (Vh): 95 KCAS (109mph) / Range: 427nm (45 min reserve)

    Engine: 1 x 100hp Rotax 912is Sport / Wingspan: 34' 9" Aircraft width

    (wings folded): 7' 9" / Aircraft length: 23' / Aircraft height: 8' 1"

    ----And the bad news, unless your fairly weathly: Price given at the NY Boat Show: $385,000 (base price $269,000)

     

    More info: http://www.iconaircraft.com/.

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1711

     

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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:

     

    Roger Sperry

     

    Chad - I saw this a few weeks ago and would like to have it in my shop but the cost is a little high for me.

     

    I was watching the latest video and remember you said something about the Swiffer system for your wood shop, I think the filter would need replacing very often.

     

    http://www.powermatic.com/us/en/p/powermatic-pm1250-micro-dust-afs/1791331  

     

    I love watching the shows, keep up the good work.

     

    Thanks, Roger.

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