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    Friday
    Sep202019

    Giz Wiz Show 1745 September 17, 2019 Independent Show #227

    Wow! The Giz Wiz Show is in year 13 overall & our 5th year of Independent Production! (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!

    We start this week's show with three fun gadgets from the Time To Play Magazine Holiday Media Showcase.

     

    Holy sheets! Toilet Paper Blasters Sheet Storm transforms regular toilet Paper into high powered spitballs! Here's info from the company: Splatter the competition with rapid Fire pump action up to 50 feet! One roll of toilet paper gives you 350+ rounds of non-stop spitball action. Spitballs go exceptionally far and stick to most anything they hit in classic spitball fashion. Easy clean up, bio-degradable & Does not stain (leaves no skid marks). grab a roll of toilet paper and blast away! Please note, slight water leakage is normal during play. Toilet Paper not included (we hope you already have some at home!) Recommended for ages 8 plus. (I was told double-ply toilet paper works best.) At both Amazon & Target it's $39.99.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/VJtZpaBW6rI  

     

    As of 9/20/19 only 5 so-so reviews on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2O7wgSu  

     

    Target Link: http://goto.target.com/c/1237229/201333/2092?prodsku=76152104&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Ftoilet-paper-blaster-sheet-storm%2F-%2FA-76152104

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1745   

    Friday
    Sep202019

    From Tomy Toys comes Rismo! 

    Rizmo is said to be Your evolving musical friend who traveled here from the far reaches of the universe in search of love, music, and dance. Here's what Tomy says about it: This adorable bundle of fur needs your help to evolve! Rizmo loves cuddles, listening to music and can even mimic your voice. And the more you play together the faster this amazing friend magically grows! Gently push Rizmo’s head and its eyes will change color. Each eye color represents a different way to play: roll Rizmo around to hear its music, move Rizmo to make instrument sounds, and more. You can even sing a tune and Rizmo will sing it back to you. Interact with your Rizmo and play 7 fun activities! Choose one of three colors: Berry, Aqua and Snow. Each Rizmo color has two different styles with unique musical attributes. Exactly which one you’ll get is a mystery until you’ve helped them evolve. Suggested Age: 6 Years and Up

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/zf3cPIyZqEE  

     

    It's on Amazon, but shipping yet as of 9/20/19: https://amzn.to/30zjzm0

     

    Target: https://goto.target.com/509zn

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1745

    Friday
    Sep202019

    Jooki with Toy Touch Technology!

    Looking at this device I wasn't quite sure what it was. But Jooki is a music player that lets kids play parent-approved music and stories from Spotify & more. It comes with 5 characters (like fox, whale, etc.) that link to various playlists. When a kid pop one of them on the center ring of the Jooki, it start to play the music, story, etc., that has been uploaded to that character. The company says there's an 8-hour battery life (there's no screen to such up battery juice) so it means very long playtime, even outdoors or on the go. There's a small amount of onboard memory but there's an SD card slot to add more. Strangely, that is listed as 32GB Max, although for audio files, that's quite a bit. There's also a headphone jack and airplane mode so the kids can entertain themselves quietly. You can turn off parental controls to use Jooki as a wireless speaker with premium sound quality. I thought the sound was very good, but then again, the retail price is a penny under the $200 mark. At CES earlier this year, in the Educational Toy Category, it was awarded Best in Family Tech. On Amazon as of 9/20/19 there was only 34 reviews so far, but it got an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars. MSRP. $199.99

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/k2z9UXEL_Es

     

    Company website: https://jooki.rocks/

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/34ISYpU  

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1745

    Friday
    Sep202019

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

    Chad's September theme, as picked by our loyal Patreons, is “Emergency” or “Safety Gadgets”.

    Chad's third Emergencies Gadget is the UST Learn & Live Outdoor Skills Educational Card Set

     

    Here's what Amazon says about them: Durable, Waterproof, Compact Design and Storage Case for Hiking, Camping and Outdoor Survival. (There are six sets of cards, attached at the top right so you can read them without losing them.) Knots – Everything you need to learn and practice a variety of useful knots applied outdoors. Way Finding – A pocket guide to help learn how to navigate using maps, compasses, and more. Shelter Building – Describes a variety of emergency shelters and directions on how to build them. First Aid – Useful tips to treat minor injuries when someone is hurt in an emergency situation. Fire Building Cards – Cards outline step-by-step how to successfully build a fire in the outdoors. Survival Fishing Cards – Feature useful tips and methods for catching fish in survival situations. Under $16.00

     

    And Chad's take: Chad liked the sturdy, waterproof, clasp closing case they came in. He thought they were a touch on the expensive side for about $15 to $16, but that in an emergency, they certainly would be worth having.

     

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2OdFay5

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1745 

    Friday
    Sep202019

    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video On Any Kind Of Gadget!

    Our viewer video is from Paul Giesbaum. It arrived with this email:

    Subject: giz wiz warehouse video

    Dick and Chad,

    I bought this gadget that is similar to a gadget from a 2008 giz wiz.

    It looks like a gag gadget, but I've actually found it works.

    Paul Griesbaum

    Here's Paul's video:

    https://youtu.be/iv88mXWNFQM

    Amazon, under $16 as of 9/21/19: https://amzn.to/30knkRi 

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1745 

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    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show! 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.
       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 can email 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:

    This email of the week refers to a fun article about 16 Trending Home Products That Seems Nuts. Well turns out, Chad & I already reported on about 6 of them on past Giz Wiz Shows. And it also mentions one we've covered many times. Yes, Foldimate! Here's Roger's email.

    From: Roger Sperry

    Subject: FoldiMate Status

    Just saw this on Handyman Magazine article “16 Trending Home Products That Seem Nuts”

    https://www.familyhandyman.com/stuff-we-love/10-trending-home-products-that-seem-nuts/?_cmp=diytipshintsnl&_ebid=diytipshintsnl8272019&_mid=298594&ehid=4114298abd7446a2429fe4f96eb5acfc5922afb5

    There are some interesting items there.   Roger Sperry

    FoldiMate July 2019 update:

    https://blog.foldimate.com/2019/07/

    https://blog.foldimate.com/