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    Wednesday
    May242017

    The Giz Wiz Show 1624 for May 26th 2017, Our 107th Independent Production. 

    We're Celebrating more than 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: 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 high-tech gadgets from the NYC Baby Show! (Claimed to be one of the biggest baby gadgets show in the US.)

     

    There were dozens of strollers on display at the show. One that got my attention was the Austlen ENTOURAGE. It offers over 30 handy configurations and they claim, a wicked-fast 1 second expansion. (That's what they say: 1 second!) They add that the seat is suitable from birth up to 50 lbs. Market tote up to 35 lbs. Lower storage basket up to 65 lbs.
    Total combined weight of kids and cargo up to 150 lbs. What attracted me to this stroller is that I wondered what a baggage/beach cart was doing at the baby show. You can sort of see what I mean by the photo I took. To me it almost looks like adding the baby is an after-thought. But no matter, visiting their website I see it is wildly versatile and bit on the expensive side. But take into account I never had a child and I never shopped for strollers. So what's your guess as to what this retails for - and seems to be selling for that price at many places. The answer is below the link to their video: 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoEOS_jGlzI

     

    Selling price of the Austlen Entourage is $849.99.

     

    I guess I should not have been too surprised at the price because at CES 2017 I covered the 4MOMS Moxie Stroller which had more tech features, but not nearly as many configurations. That stroller was $699.99. Since this was a public show you could order or even buy a stroller right there. But how could folks decide so quickly how an expensive stroller might perform on the street. Well, to make it easier, there was something I thought was ingenious - the folks at http://www.aaptiv.com/  (a fitness app) came up with the 'Stroller Test Track'. Check it out:

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/2-5Djx9B2vY 

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1624

    Wednesday
    May242017

    A Smart Button For Baby.

    The MonBaby Smart Buttontracks your baby’s movements and sends an alert to your smart phone or tablet when your attention is needed so YOU CAN GET SOME SLEEP! It alerts you about stomach sleeping, stoppage in breathing movements, falls and unusual activity – all of the data is sent to your smart phone or tablet with easy access through the MonBaby app on iOS or Android devices. It has a small form factor (1.3" diameter) design to fit over any typical baby clothing. You will be able to continue to use the monitor at different stages of your child’s development. Now the company says it works optimally when placed in the same room with your smartphone. (It works on Bluetooth Smart). You can extend the range via the MonBridge app available on compatible Android devices via Google Play and the Amazon App Store. Compatible with iPhone 5 and above and Android devices with 4.4 software and Bluetooth 4.0. Comes with an extra battery and a mini screwdriver for convenience. The company also says this is not a medical device, but a consumer electronics device. $99.99 

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2riTNW5

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/nkUAnNt7NaE

     

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

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1624  

    Wednesday
    May242017

    An easy way to dress baby – magnetically! 

    Inventors of Magnetic Me ClothingThis booth at the NYC Baby Show had huge crowds around it. People were buying garments like crazy. So I asked what was going on, and Lawrence (who you see in the video) filled me in. Here's the back story on Magnetic Mebaby clothing: After struggling to put a Velcro bib on her nephew and then seeing him cry from the Velcro ripping out his fine baby hair, Lauren thought, “why not a magnet which would be more gentle and fasten itself?” Two years later, after vigorous research and development, Magnificent Baby® came to market with a full line of infant’s wear to critical acclaim. Lifelong college friends, Lauren & Lawrence left corporate America with the single goal of making life easier for as many parents and babies as possible. Compliments heard most often: “Why didn’t I think of that?”, “I wish I had that when my son/daughter was little.”, and, “Does it come in my size”? Lauren & Lawrence's website is

    www.magneticme.com

     

    Giz Wiz Video:https://youtu.be/up8EirxcGWY

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mublFmQ-HpE

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1624

    Wednesday
    May242017

    Chad's Crappy Corner & His Final Gadgets For His Theme For May 2017, Pet Gadgets

    Chad polled our amazing Patreon members and asked them to vote on a theme for May. Their choice was “cheap pet gadgets”. This week Chad ends the month with two cheap pet gadgets. Here's what Amazon said about them:

    The Wobble Wag Giggle™ Ball is a noise-making ball that will quickly become your dog's favorite toy. This unique ball toy features 6 clutch pockets spread around the surface of the ball that allow dogs to easily grab the ball and carry it. When the ball moves, it produces a unique giggle sound that will excite and delight your pup, enticing them into longer, more rewarding play sessions. Wobble Wag Giggle™ Ball is made of flexible and durable phthalate-free vinyl to ensure that it is safe for your pooch. The ball uses simple tubes to produce the noise without the use of batteries, making it long-lasting and easy to maintain. $9.99

     

    http://amzn.to/2r5Yb9P

     

    Humunga Chomp Dog Toy My what big teeth you have! Your pooch will the envy of the dog run when he’s sporting these million-dollar molars. Perfect, pearly-whites (of the human variety!) surround the circumference of this gummy-pink, durable, natural rubber hollow ball. These crazy canines are ideal for your crazy canine! Heh heh! Made of all non-toxic materials; ball is hollow with a hole on the top and bottom. Ideal for dogs 25 lbs +; ball diameter is 2.4" which is similar to a tennis ball. $12.69

     

    http://amzn.to/2qWEUXU

     

    And Chad's and Charlie's (Chad's Dog) Take On These Gadgets?

     

    The Wobble Wag Giggle ball is big and so Charlie didn't even attempt to pick it up. But Charlie seemed to enjoy the sounds the ball makes, and he quickly learned to push it around with his nose. So I guess that's a 'paws up' from Charlie. The fun, at least for the pet owner, of the Humunga Chomp Dog Toy is that it might look like your dog has huge pearly-white teeth if they pick the ball up in the exact correct position. Charlie didn't quite manage to do that, but let Chad arrange the ball so it looked pretty cute. (Be sure to watch this week's show to see Charlie in action.) White Teeth look aside, Charlie seemed to enjoy this just as a ball, so the decision is probably up to the pet owner whether to just buy a cheap ball, or spend $12.69 on a cute one. But all in all, Chad thought the two pet gadgets for under $30 wasn't a bad deal. 

     

    See or hear this showwww.gizwiz.tv/episode/1624

    Wednesday
    May242017

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

    This week's viewer video is a bit different. The suggestion was sent in by a viewer with a link to a video he didn't shoot. However, it's such a unique or maybe even 'wacky' idea, I thought fans would get a kick out of it. I'm not sure this would really be a long term solution as a boating motor, but see for yourself. Here's the email:

    I just ran across this a few minute ago, thought you guys may like this for you show.

    When I saw this I thought of you Dick.

    I think its a real product. I did not do a lot of research on this.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZQlkFjfIHM

    Brian Court

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1624

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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:

     

    From: steve c    Subject: Incombustible Hoverboard! 

    I know everyone is probably tired of hearing about Hoverboards by now but Frys has one made by Swagtron they claim is Incombustible and Fire Retardant! You should review this, it's also got LED's and Bluetooth with built in speakers, everything you guys like!

     

    http://www.frys.com/product/9149978

     

    Steve C 

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