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    Did you know there's a gadget that lets you pour wine while the bottle's still corked!

    Yes, I found that hard to believe too, but as you'll see in the video this user-friendly wine system does let you pour a glass of wine with the cork intact. And it keeps the rest of the bottole of wine safe from oxidation, allowing it to continue to age naturally. To use, click on the Coravin device and a "pouring needle" allows access to wine without cork damage! Remove the needle and the cork reseals itself and continues protecting the wine. Argon gas, an inert gas used in the wine-making process, protects the remaining wine from oxidation. Coravin fits on a variety of sized standard wine bottles, and they even made an adapter for screw-on caps. (That's mostly on the wine I drink.) There a many designs and systems available starting at $199.99. After you use the included Argon cartridge(s), new ones average about $4 to $6 each and are good for up to “15 Pours”.

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    Key? We don't need no stinkin' key! 

    If you don't know the name BIO-key, here's a bit of background via the company. “BIO-key has been developing and delivering advanced fingerprint biometric hardware and software solutions since 1993. The companies technology is trusted by the FBI, AT&T, NCR and leading hospitals across the U.S. In 2015 BIO-key introduced a line of compact fingerprint readers that have been tested and qualified to support Windows Hello. Now BIO-key introduces TouchLock a line of smart padlocks and bicycle locks empowered by fingerprint and Bluetooth technology.” In the video you'll see an assortment of their new locks and the various ways they can be opened. I certainly would want a bio-lock that had an alternate way of being opened for days I forget my fingerprint at home, or have really dirty hands. 

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    Chad's Crappy Corner & His Third Gadget For His November Theme!

    Our loyal Patreon's picked "Cheap Kitchen Gadgets" for Chad's November theme. And his 3rd gadget of the month is The Hover Cover. 

    The Hover Cover is pretty clever. It's an anti-splash protective cover to help keep your microwave oven free from splashed or splattered food as you cook. The company says built-in steam vents help heat food evenly. And this is neat: when you're not using it, keep it in the microwave. It's magnetic. Snap it to the top of the microwave and pull it down when you're ready to use it. Dishwasher safe using the top rack. Also Amazon adds: polymer-encased magnets, Food-Safe, & BPA-Free.


    And Chad's take: Chad liked the Hover Cover. Watch this week's show to see Chad do a demo video using his own microwave. It did prevent splatter and it easily stuck to the top of the inside of his microwave. Chad bought his at Bed Bath & Beyond, but I also found it on Amazon. When I checked on 11/17/17 it was $14.99 at BB&B, but only $10 at the Amazon link below. But remember that Amazon prices change very quickly. All-in-all Chad thinks this a worthy and inexpensive gadget to add to your kitchen.


    It was under $10 here on 11/17/17 and Amazon Prime. You can find it even a bit cheaper from other places on Amazon but shipping adds many weeks instead of just 2 days if you're a Prime member.    


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

    Our viewer video of the week isn't an old gadget (not yet, anyway) but a gadget we reviewed on the Giz Wiz a short while back. Turned out it our viewer bought one and it solved a problem that she had with her dog and her cat! And she made a great little video with a full explanation! Here's the email that came with the YouTube video link:

    Hey Dick and OMG Chad,

    I bought the Catit water fountain after seeing your review a few episodes ago on The Giz Wiz Show. I live in France and was worried that it wouldn't be available on Amazon France. To my surprise was available so I ordered it right away. I can happily report that it works great and solves a problem I was having with my cat and dog drinking from the cascading water in the fish bowl. Now they are happy to drink from the Catit and leave the goldfish alone. The goldfish is happy and the cat and dog are drinking clean water. I made this short video to show you the product in use.


    The Catit Flower Fountain is here on Amazon. It was $29.99 as of 11/17/17:


    I’m a long time fan and look forward to your show every week.

    Thanks, Dorothy


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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.


    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. 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. (After December 15, 2017, they'll be something else MAD sent with your Alfred E. Neuman photo. And unfortunately, after that date, we can only send to US addresses. MAD is moving to California, so our supplies will be greatly limited.)


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    Letter of the week:


    From: Ivan Hahn


    Subject: There, their, they're


    Hello!  I'm the maker of the (Gadget Warehouse) video (introduction)! I thought it was funny (Using “there” and “they're” -both incorrectly). If you want another version made please let me know. I can get it out in a week!


    --Ivan R Hahn  Brick NJ


    The Giz Wiz Show 1648 for November 10th, 2017, Our 131th Independent Production. 

    We're well 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.

    We start the show this week with two unique gadgets from a new event called Fair Play, held at the Javits Center NYC, November 3-5, 2017.


    Remember in last week's show we talked about Lego losing it's patent on Lego Bricks? Well, here's another sample of a product that works with, and looks like, Lego bricks - but with a big difference. E-Blox not only can they be used to build your creations, they can also bring them to life! E-Blox uses a patented technology, which consists of tin-plated blocks (pARTS line) that connect to a battery block, powering the electrical component blocks. The plated blocks used in our pARTS line allow you to seamlessly integrate electronic circuitry into your builds so there are no wires to bundle and hide. The company says that soon you will be able to add motors, speakers, amplifiers, Bluetooth connectivity, and sound effects to your pARTS sets. There are two different product lines and here's the difference between E-Blox Circuit Builder and E-Blox pARTS product lines.The E-Blox Circuit Builder line is great for STEM education and learning. E-Blox pARTS are a form of independent study to fulfill the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) principles. With E-Blox pARTS, there are no predetermined builds. Rather, E-Blox pARTS are designed to encourage you to use your imagination and creativity to design your own builds, or modify existing builds you may already have from other brands. There's also something called eBlox stories kits on their website. The boat in the photo is from one of those kit-building stories. The company recommended age for E-Blox is 8 years and up. Kits start at $34.99. 

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