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    The Giz Wiz is a weekly guest on The Tech Guy Show with -- who else? - The Tech Guy himself, 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

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

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


    Make waffles without opening the lid of the waffle maker! What?

    Here's a waffle iron that bakes them at an angle. Doesn't the batter leak out? The Giz Wiz puts the Kalorik Easy Pour Waffle Maker to the test. Actually, this is very easy to use. Simply use the included measuring cup to pour batter into the spout of the closed waffle maker that sits at a 45 degree angle. It looks like that would be a disaster, but a rugged gasket holds the batter firmly in place and the angle makes it possible to distribute the batter evenly. Indicator lights plus five browning levels for custom cooked waffles 7" in diameter about an 1" thick.  

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    The Easy Pour is not on Amazon yet, but other Kalorik waffle makers are there starting at $25.00. 

    Company website:


    This "mute" button can easily beat your "mute" button!

    I bought one of these after I watched a video of it sent in by Mo, a big fan of The Giz Wiz Show. It solves a problem we all have, and that's the need to lower or shut the sound of the TV when the phone rings, or someone shouts to you from another room. Finding the “Mute” button on the typical remote is no easy chore. It's worse if you're getting up in years and you're looking for the “mute” bottom in a darkened room. You need 20/20 eyesight to find that mini mute button. Enter the giant Smash Mute button! The Smash Mute is an electronic device that learns the mute signal from any television remote control, and then duplicates that signal allowing the user to mute that television in a second or two. The big red button is approximately 200x larger than the average TV mute button. It measures 5 1/4" x 3" x 1 3/8" and takes two AA batteries which are not included. You do have to program the Smash Mute Button, but don't worry; that takes about 10 seconds! And here's good news. The instructions are printed in big letters and every step has a photo. One thing to be aware of, and fortunately they point this out in the “if your button doesn't work” list. After your Smash Mute Button blinks twice to let you know its programmed, you have to move the switch from 'learn' to 'use' very, very quickly. Outside of that, all is SO easy! It got 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from almost 100 people. It was $19.50 when I bought it on Amazon, and was still that price on 3/10/18.

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    Giz Wiz Link. Pay the same as everyone else, Giz Wiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to talk about on shows. Thank you.


    Discover With Dr. Cool.

    Here are two fun chemistry kits that will let you amuse and amaze and maybe even learn something new! My favorite here is the Chemistry Magic Invisible Test Tube Kit. (All the components are in the kit, in a smaller size than the video demo.) You take a test tube filled with liquid, and a measuring cup also full of a liquid. (It was premixed, so I don't know exactly what the liquid was.) When I lowered the test tube into the liquid all of the test tube below the liquid line instantly disappeared! (You'll see it in my video below.) The second kit is the Chemistry Magic Waterproof Wonders. There are two fun projects in this kit. In one of them you put dry sand on the little plastic spoon and lower it into water, make sure it goes under the water. Then take the sand out, and it's bone dry! In the second project, dip a finger tip into the special powder, then stick your finger into water. Remove your finger from the water and it too is bone dry. Each kit will be $11.99 and should be available starting July, 2018. 

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    Company website - but neither of these kits will be there till much closer to the summer release date:


    Backyard Brains introduces the Human-Human-Interface

    At Toy Fair 2018 I had to stop by the Backyard Brains Booth to see what sort of fun stuff they had. And surprise, I found something quite amazing, their Backyard Brains Human-Human Interface. With just a bit of wiring and by applying a few sticky pad to my arm I was about to learn that someone else's brain could make my arm move! Here's how the company puts it: "With our electrophysiology setup, you will learn exciting neuroscience concepts first-hand as your brain sends an electrical impulse to your arm's muscles, telling them to move. When your muscles move, this generates an even larger electrical signal. You'll take that electricity, then further amplify it and inject it into the nerves controlling another person's arm. This will gives the other person a direct education about the importance of eletrophysiology as this incoming signal overrides their nervous system and forces their arm to obey your electrical commands. It's a new spin on taking charge! The company's Human-Human Interface contains all of the materials you'll need to connect yourself with another person. It comes with an Arduino microcontroller (it's like a small, easily programmable computer), already programmed to facilitate newfound dreams of power. Plugged onto the Arduino is their Muscle Spikershield, which lets the Arduino understand the signals coming out of your body. With this you can see the electricity in your muscles as they move, but more importantly, use them as a signal to turn on the stimulator. But wait, there's more! A TENS stimulation device harmlessly delivers electricity to your arm's nerves. The Controller person uses the electrical signals from their voluntary muscle movement as a signal to turn on the stimulator. When this happens, my nerves interpreted the electricity as a "contract" signal, and my arm flexed as the controller's arm flexed. All this fun and educational neuroscience for students, kids, and adults isn't exactly inexpensive. It's $259.99


    Let's see, how do I make that drink?

    You won't to think twice about how to make a drink if you own the Perfect Drink 2.0 Smart Scale and Interactive Recipe App. Here's what the company says about it: Impress friends with out-of-this-world amazing cocktails you made! (Yes, a little over the top, but this gadget is great. Read on.) Perfect Drink 2.0 and the Interactive Recipe App makes mixology simple and foolproof, regardless of your experience. Choose from 400+ taste-tested recipes or create and save your own unique concoctions. I found out about this new low, low price version from Chad Johnson when he reviewed on The Giz Wiz Show. You make the drinks right on the scale, right in the stainless steel cocktail mixer that's included. No measuring, just following the rising level in the picture of a cup on your smart device app. You can even tell it when liquors you already have and it will tell you what you can make with them! And it's only $19.95 which includes the scale, the cocktail mixer, and the stand for your smart device. At that price I had to buy one on Amazon!