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    Dick's Blog & Log...

    Here's stuff that's more than 140 characters so it won't fit on TWITTER, or photos or videos, stuff that I found interesting, and hope you might find it interesting too.

     

    Tuesday
    Mar142017

    A Bucket With A Lot Of Unique Features.

    This is a very clever idea. A bucket with a padded lid, so it can double as a seat. Plus a bucket base so the bucket won't tip or slide around. The Deluxe ONE Bucket System includes:
    The Shurhold Deluxe One Bucket System
    World's Best Rope Handle 5 gallon Bucket in black or white.
    Bucket Lid / Padded Seat combo Bucket Base (So your bucket won't slip or tip) Buckt Grate (Keeps your wash utensils in clean water) Bucket Caddy (Keeps everything you store in your bucket organized) MSRP: $59.99

    Company website: https://shurhold.com/marine/buckets/one-bucket-system/

    Thursday
    Feb162017

    The New LG G6, Three Cameras And So Much More.


     
    The new   LG G6 phone has all the features you expect in a smart phone, plus the company built their phone to be amazingly rugged. They say the G6 has passed 14 military standards tests, including shock, humidity, sand and high temperature tests. Then there's another unique feature among Android phones that makes this great for travel. It has 3 HD cameras! The front facing camera is a 5MP wide angle (100 degree) camera, great for selfies. The two rear cameras are both 13MP, but one is standard view (71 degrees) and the other is wide angle (125 degrees). To change cameras just slide your finger between two icons at the top of the photo view screen. (Seperate cameras off much better resolution than using a digital zoom as you do with most regular smart phones.) I love found the wide angle great for shooting pictures at trade shows. You can get so much information without to try to back up in crowded spaces. Here's a couple of pictures I took the day I got the LG G6. 

    LG G6 photo with regular camera: https://goo.gl/photos/tzKUNthJzHZKGUqw8

     

    Same time/location with wide angle camera: https://goo.gl/photos/6xxqK1sFFzvsrdux6

     

    Company website: http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/g6

    Thursday
    Jan192017

    Did I Take My Pills? How Many Hours Ago?

    If you take pills, or even vitamins, those are probably questions you've asked yourself often. Well, here's an innovative way to help you keep track of when you last took your medications and vitamins. CalledTimer Caps, they have a built-in stopwatch that keeps track of exactly how much time passed since it was last opened. The company says it boosts medication adherence by more than 33%. Instead of wondering if you took your pills or not, you'll know just by looking at the cap. It’s easy to use, with NO alarms to program or buttons to press. The patented timer works like an automatic stopwatch, every time you open the cap, the timer resets to zero. When you close the cap, the timer starts counting UP again displaying exactly how many hours and minutes have passed. Some Timer Caps convert between child resistant and non-child resistant. There is a wide variety of Timer Caps and prices. You can get them as low as about $4+ in quantities. The link below takes to the Amazon page that shows many choices. 

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

     

    Giz Wiz Video with more info: https://youtu.be/2dJt-n7M-gI 

    Tuesday
    Dec132016

    Polk, A Big Name In Speakers, Designs Their Smallest Ever.

    If you're an older fan of music, you know the name Polk. They've been making speakers for probably 50 years or so. So at CES 2017, I was surprised to see one of the smallest speakers anywhere. It's so small, you wear it! Called the Polk Boom Bit, this wireless micro wearable Bluetooth speaker is designed to clip securely to your clothing. The object is to able to listen to music without headphones that could block out things you might want to hear as you bike, jog, walk, etc. But wait, there's more. It has also a built in mic that will let you make/answer phone calls on the go. The Ipx7 waterproof enclosure keep water and dirt out. 3-Hour battery life should be enough to get you to and from your destination. There's a standard USB connection with waterproof cap for charging. For the size of the unit I was impressed with the sound. And when I heard the price, well that made it even more impressive. It retails for under $30! And it's available in many colors. This Amazon page will show you many choices. Since the speaker is just coming into the market place there are only a few reviews on line, but the ones I saw posted already are very positive. $29.99. UPDATE: Prices have dropped a lot. Check the link below.

    http://amzn.to/2jNXLSH

     

    Giz Wiz Link. You pay the same price as everyone else but Amazon gives Giz Wiz Biz a bit of credit to buy more stuff for the show. And thank you.

    Sunday
    Oct232016

    A much better way to get a strong Wi-Fi signal.

    At press events gadgets that use WiFi often don't work well because so many people there are all using WiFi. That's why I was attracted to the new Portal device. As you'll see in the video we shot there that they were using their Portal WiFi device to stream four 4k videos and they all looked great - no buffering at all. The company says Portal is built for crowded and demanding urban environments. The said the primary cause of WiFi being slow and unreliable is overcrowding of the shared public radio airwaves that all WiFi devices compete to use. Portal is designed to be a WiFi system unlike any other. Their “Fast Lanes Technology” lets it use exclusive protected radio channels to eliminate the crowding and congestion that is increasingly common with WiFi. (They hard to work a long time with the FCC to achieve this.) Then the device also uses nine innovative and powerful internal antennas arranged in arrays support the latest radio techniques like MU-MIMO and beamforming for even longer distance. Portal combines the security and privacy capabilities of iOS or Android devices with those of WiFi. This results in your network being much more robust against anyone trying to hack it. Portal also protects your family’s privacy with things like continual intrusion detection, geo-fencing and ID obfuscation. The video on their Amazon page (link below) helps make it clear how they can offer a much better WiFi signal that other routers. And it's priced like many other high-end routers at $199.99. It starts ships November, 2016, but can be preordered. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/QtT0JvVdOxU

     

    Company website: https://portalwifi.com/ 

      

    Video here has a good explanation of how they achieve faster WiFi:

     

    https://www.amazon.com/PORTAL-Turbocharged-Self-Optimizing-Gigabit-Router/dp/B01JQROZZS