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    The Giz Wiz is a weekly Saturday guest on The Tech Guy with -- who else? - The Tech Guy, Leo Laporte.

    Leo Laporte & I chat about some sort of fun or weird gadget weekly his The Tech Guy Radio Show. The show is syndicated by Premiere to over 180 radio stations around the country. Leo's closing in on 1.5 million listeners! I'm on the Saturday Show with The Giz Wiz Gadget of the Week. My spot is on about 1:45 PM PST / 4:45 PM EST. 

    And if you watch The Tech Guy stay tuned. Because after the Tech Guy Show  Leo does The New Screen Savers Show, and then I return to do Giz Fiz PM, a show with viewer questions, Match Game questions, videos, guest of the week and more! That starts when New Screen Saver ends..about 5:00 PM PST/ 8:00 PM EST. Watch it all at

    http://www.twitlive.tv/

    All The Tech Guy Labs show notes, shows & info can be found here:

    http://techguylabs.com/radio/ 

    Below are the gadgets we've talked about on the show.

    Friday
    Apr212017

    No Foot Rest On Your Flight? 

    No problem. You can bring your own foot rest with the

    Meyoung Airplane Foot Rest Hammock. I normally try everything I talk about on The Tech Guy, but I only learned about this gadget recently and had no airplane trip coming up. But the reviews for this are good on Amazon and one of the reviewers said they used it at home as a foot rest. That gave me an idea, why not  hang it over a TV snack table I sometimes use when I watch TV. So I tried it, and it works fine to elevate my stocking feet. It will probably work fine too on long distance trains as long as you have a place to hang it from, like a snack table built into the back of the seat in front of you. On an airplane it can hang from the snack table arms to provide a hammock-like foot rest. And unlike some other travel gadgets, it doesn't make you look dorky, because probably no one will notice. It weighs only 3 oz and folds down to about 8" X 3" X 2" inch. The company says it will relax your feet and reduce pressure on your back. I can't prove the reduce pressure on your back, but it was very comfortable for my feet. I paid $13.99 for mine on Amazon here: 

     http://amzn.to/2oglGsG

    Giz Wiz Link. You pay exactly the same as anyone else, but The Giz Wiz gets a tiny credit to buy more stuff on Amazon to demo on shows. Thank you.

    Saturday
    Apr152017

    Teach one of your hands to do up to 23 actions for you!

    We'll start with one of the strangest gadgets ever called Tapdo!

     

    Tapdo is a way to turn your hand in to sort-of remote control. Here's how the company describes it: Tapdo is a smart button that lets you control technology with single-touch, personalized biometric interactions. Using a fingerprint sensor, Tapdo allows you to assign specific functions to different parts of your fingers, to control your music, dim your smart lights, and more. Powered by Bluetooth LE and equipped with vibration feedback for a seamless, intuitive user experience, And back to me. To my mind, you need one heck of a memory to use this fully. The company says you can control up to 23 functions on each hand by touching various part of the fingers and palms to the Tapdo. Seems like alot to remember to me although you can help by selecting a finger for a device. Like choosing one finger to be your "music finger". Parts of the same finger can select songs and adjusting volume up/down. It's on Kickstarter now (4/13/17) and should be shipping final units in Fall, 2017. I was told at the show that the battery is not rechargeable, but it is replaceable and should power the Tapdo for about six months . The spokesperson at Digital Focus also said it will sell for about $108.00, which includes a belt clip and a wrist strap.

     

    Demo Kickstarter Video: http://kck.st/2mA9eWy

     

    Company website: http://www.tapdo.io/

     

    Giz Wiz w/ more info about TapDo: https://youtu.be/d37o-leDXww 

    Saturday
    Apr082017

    You Can Buy a $99 3-D Printer, Just Add You Own Smart Phone.

    ONO bills itself as the 3D Printer of the Future. Why? It's never out of date because it advances as your smartphone advances. Basically the company says you upgrade your printer every time you upgrade your phone. Where 3D printers use UV light, special ONO resins harden under visible light. That means 3D objects can be created layer by layer using your smartphone’s screen as light source. A rough estimate of the maximum size of the 3-D build is 4.72" X 2.5" X 2". The ONO app works on iOS and Android smart phones. How fast is it? It depends on the brightness of the phone, but they gave as an example an approximately 2" high 3D object could be printed in 2.5 hours, or 2 hours with a brighter display like some iPhones. Also you should be aware that print precision depends on the resolution and the contrast of your smartphone screen. Are people interested in this device? Well they raised almost $3 million between Kickstarter pledges and BackerKit add-ons, As of March 23, 2017 they started delivering finished ONO printer to its 16,000+ backers. Now ONO is available for purchase at $99 USD, while their special resins retail for $15. All products are available directly online through the store at http://www.ono3d.net/ and selected resellers worldwide. The printer supports most Android and Apple smartphones running Android 4.4+ or iOS 9+.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/LZzb0Yu8DCs

    See how the ONO printer works:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7VPUtaFAn0

    Company Website: www.ono3d.net

    Seems it started on Kickstarter as the OLO 3D Printer: 

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/olo3d/olo-the-first-ever-smartphone-3d-printer

    Saturday
    Apr012017

    Digi-Vina. People Thought It Was A Joke, Until Vinyl Records Came Back In A Very Big Way!

    It was about ten years ago on the Giz Wiz when we got a press release that said:

    Say “hello” to a New company called Digi-Vina.

     

    Leo & I thought vinyl was dead and this company soon would be dead too! But now ten years later, they're moving into high gear. Here's that 10 year-old press release:

     

    99.9% of all new music is released only in digital format! But what if you want a Jonas Brothers album on vinyl? You can't get it! Well thanks to Digi-Vina it doesn't matter, because now you can turn any or all of your digital music into vinyl records! I know, you're saying: "Wow, but where do I buy blank vinyl records?" You don't! You make your own vinyl records with the Digi-Vina 2.0! And you make them out of old plastic bottles! (A special blackening agent makes them look just like an old vinyl record!) Yes, instead of ending up in a landfill, the empty bottles from your dining table end up on your turntable! The Digital to Vinyl Recorder does have some downsides:

     

    We interupt that 10-year old press release to make some welcome changes. Originally the cost was high, $999, well, now it's just $499. And it used to require a 220-volt outlet, but now works on plain old 110 volts!.

     

    But the company can still can say “There has never been anything like it in the world!”

     

    Welcome to the new http://www.digi-vina.com/

    Saturday
    Mar252017

    Did I take my pills? And how many hours ago did I take them?

    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. Called Timer 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

     

    Company website: https://timercap.com/