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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

    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.

    Saturday
    Jul132019

    In hot weather here's a way to carry a fan, actually you can wear two fans!

    It's the Wearable Sports Fan. This is a weird gadget! Here's  a bit of info about it from Amazon: Hand free fan was design as a headphone to free your hands anywhere; Fashion style makes you look so cool. Hanging around your neck, suitable for traveling in hot weather. Low/medium/high speed level. 1800mAh lithium battery. 5-10 hours working time depends on different speed.

    And the Giz Wiz take: Well, you will look weird wearing this thing. (Watch this week's show to see how you feel about wearing one. I didn't think the output of the fan were good enough to cool you off, but when Dennis tried it on, he thought on a hot day at the beach, you would be really glad to have one of these. The prices for these fans are all over the place. I bought one for about $16, and another for $11 at a different place on Amazon. Turns out they are the identical fan with different names. Now you can buy them under $10 on Amazon, but delivery could take weeks because some of them are shipped directly from China. I got both of mine overnight with Amazon prime.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/bf1fnQbIPIU

    7/13/17 Price dropped to $7.20 (free shipping but not Prime) Amazon prices can change at any time! https://amzn.to/2ldolqr  

    Saturday
    Jun292019

    Have boxes full of old slides, negatives, even 110 or Super 8 film? Digitize them!

    Kodak (actually C+A, a Kodak official licensee) showed three film scanners at the show. Models range from about $45 for the Kodak Mobile Scanner, good if you just have a limited amount of old film formats you want to digitize, up to about $179 for the Kodak Scanza. Here's info mostly from the company: All three of these devices let you convert film to JPEG's. The 14 to 22MP KODAK Film Scanza Scanner converts old 35mm, 126, 110, Super 8 & 8mm Negatives & Slides to JPEG Digital Files. It has a 3.5” TFT LCD – HD color display with adjustable brightness & convenient tilt for for easy image viewing. The unit ships with w/multiple film inserts & adapters for flexible operation. One-Touch buttons for one-step scan & save. Helpful tray & insert directory; easily edit Image RGB & resolution, browse gallery [SD Card NOT included, supports up to 128GB). Mac & PC Compatible Converter Comes w/USB Power Cable, HDMI Cable, AC Adapter, Video Cable & Film Cleaning Brush. Use the included brush to also clean the light box of dust and speckles, to avoid marks on the scanned images. Prices for this, their most expensive and full-featured scanner  are all over the place, with the lowest I found at about $160.00. The Kodak Mobile Scanner, which looks like it's made of heavy duty cardboard uses your own smartphone as part of the copying process, but features a lighted platform was about $40. All prices as of 6/29/30.

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

    Kodak scanners on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2X8erYj

    Saturday
    Jun222019

    Easy Photo Backup and USB Storage Drive Access for iPhone, iPad and Android

    HYPER makers of the world’s most crowdfunded USB-C hubs - announces its latest Kickstarter campaign for the HyperCubeat CE Week. It's a tiny device that features a micro SD card slot, a male USB connector and two female USB ports. It connects between the USB charger and your iPhone/Android smartphone. Using a free app it allows you to automatically backup all your photos, videos, and contacts onto a micro SD card or USB drive while you charge your device. It also gives iOS/Android device users the ability to instantly access media and data files on USB storage devices and micro SD, like how you would expect on a regular computer. MSRP for HyperCube is $49.99, a deal for $29.00 --soon to be $39.00 is available via Kickstarter (link below) Depending on depend, which is high right now, that price can change at any time.

    Giz Wiz Video - Hyper Cube intro: https://youtu.be/6yTVRJWxj4s  (Then watch the kickstarter video)

    Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hypershop/hypercube-photo-backup-and-usb-port-for-iphone-ipad-android 

    Saturday
    Jun152019

    Build 3D Model Parts Directly On Your Phone or Tablet!

    Yes, there's an app for that. For the first time in their six-year history, 3Doodler is going mobile. The 3Doodler App, launched earlier in 2019, features 10+ tutorials and projects. 3Doodler said there will be weekly additions. The App is designed to help kids and adults successfully construct their own 3D projects at home. Right on the screen of the device you used to download the app you'll find stencils, tutorials and step-by-step instructions in a mobile friendly format. The company says their seamless user experience will make the app ideal for any device, including iPads and tablets. Use your device as a canvas, but remember usage and safety instructions apply! I asked about using an overlay on tablets and phones. Cofounder Max Bogue said with the low-heat pen you can draw directly on your device, but for the Pro model 3Doodler, a clear screen between it and your pen would probably be best. Watch this week's show to see some of the other 3D objects people can create. 3Doodler pens range from $49 to $79.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/CaHbgaz6ZAg

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=41&v=mfJ_asisKvE 

    3Doodler Page on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Ik0VJb 

    Company website: https://the3doodler.com/ 

    Saturday
    Jun082019

    Bose Introduces something brand new in noise reduction headphones.

    When I was invited to a Bose press event this week, seeing a new model Bose Noise Reduction Headphone wouldn't be out of the ordinary. But their new Bose 700 Noise Reduction Wireless Headphones add an exclusive innovation no one has done before. The Bose 700 uses 8 digital signal processing microphones, and up to four of them work to isolate a user’s voice from unwanted background sounds. This makes for dramatically clearer calls to home and work, and solid accuracy from your favorite VPA; Siri, Alexia and Google Assistant. Siri for iOS is easily accessible, the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are both built-in — and Alexa is just a wake word away. To demonstrate this new technology we got to hear a conversion both with and without the 700 technology when we called a Bose representative at an actual Starbucks. He was across the street from the hotel where the event was and we could see him when he waved from within the Starbucks. The Bose 700 has 11 degrees of adjustable noise cancellation. You can also have silence or with flip of a switch, let you hear yourself and others in the room over a much quieter background. So you don't have to hunt for a volume control, slide your finger up or down to adjust volume on the right ear cup. Tap to take calls or hang up. Their top of the line Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II will still in the line at $350, and the new Bose Wireless Noise Canceling 700 headphones will be $399.99 available June 30th. 

    Short Bose Promo Video: (no sound) https://youtu.be/ViYhiQ3qpqc   (I added the photos of the Bose 700 at the end.)