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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
    Sep152018

    Kids Will Love Tinkering With This Tinkering Labs Kit. 

    This STEM Kit (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a great introduction to Engineering, Robotics, Circuit Building Projects for kids and teens. It's| DIY science experiments using real motors, real hardware and real wood. Kids and build & rebuild endless robotic creations with a single kit. The company says it's for 8-12 year olds & teens. I was very impressed with the kit as you'll see in the video as I unbox it. There are 50+ real parts with 10 challenge cards, wood, electric motors, & hardware. You'll see a lot of the products kids built in the video. It did very well on Amazon too, 4.6 out of 5 stars from 25 customer reviews. $59.00.  

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/fbMJV9pxCfc

     

    Company Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICvuhKZrhTc&feature=youtu.be

     

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2PHx12m

     

    Affiliate link: Everyone pays the same, Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to demo.

    Saturday
    Sep082018

    A coffee mug warmer with an LED readout!

    My Mr. Coffee cup warmer has seen better days so I needed something new. I decided to search for a higher tech replacement and I found the COSORI Premium 24Watt Stainless Steel Coffee Mug Warmer. It looked great in the photo, so I ordered one. Here's some of what Amazon says about it: Just turn it on and set the temperature. (This is designed for use with flat-bottom mugs for the most effective warming.) Keep warm or warm up your drink to as high as 131F/55C. Notice the highest warming temperature is 131F, but the description also says: Temperature Range 77°-230°F (25°-110°C). And then adds: (Note: Digits on the screen do not represent the temperature of the liquid in your cup.) Okay, now that I've used it, it makes sense. You'll see the actual results in my video. Also this device is equipped with a power adapter plug to make the power supply voltage only 12v rather than 120V. Giz Wiz: It's also 24 watts vs.17 watts for my old “Mr. Coffee” warmer, which is about 30% more. I like this a lot, and it does keep my coffee warmer than the old Mr. Coffee, especially if you cover the coffee cup between sips, or when you walk away for a bit! As of 9/8/18 it's $29.99, and there's a “5% off” box to check if you purchase one. It's not much, but it should knock $1.50 off the price. It got 4 out of 5 stars from 450 customers.Prices and ratings can change at any minute on Amazon.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/Ev99VDiKE2s

     

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2oOCyZo

     

    Affiliate link: Everyone pays the same, Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to demo.

    Saturday
    Sep012018

    Need to know if that food contains Gluten or Peanuts?

    Nima Lets You Test Your Food Anytime, Anywhere. I saw this device at a recent press event, and thought it was great for people who need to avoid Gluten, and for those with a peanut allergy. (There is a different testing device for each one of those.) The device is called Nima Sensor. Here's info via the company: Science, in your pocket. Nima’s antibody-based chemistry was developed by MIT scientists to be faster, cheaper, and usable right at the dinner table. Nima is optimized to detect 20ppm of gluten, the FDA standard for gluten-free. A separate device due out late summer, early fall 2018 can test for the presence of peanuts in food. (Or Gluten is their other sensor.) Watch the company video to see how these units work. The Gluten Starter Kit is $289, which includes the Sensor device and 12 Gluten Test Capsules. The Peanut Start Kit is also $289 and includes 12 Peanut Test Capsules. Also check the company website blog which has lots of free information like a list of ballparks that don't sell peants, Gluten-free restaurants in various cities and other valuable listings. 

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvhQ0puX51w

     

    Company website: www.nimasensor.com 

    Saturday
    Aug252018

    Want a back pack that doesn't look like all the others? Check this out.

    The Star Sports Backpack was created by Josie Moncada, a sports mom, for sports fans. She wanted something better than what was already out there, so she designed these. She wanted them to be incredibly durable, have extra padding and be lightweight (They weigh about 2 pounds; very light for a backpack.) Inside is a padded computer sleeve for laptop and cables, plus a separate compartment for other school needs. There are two side mesh water bottle pockets. The backpack measures 16" D x 11.5" W x 18" H. I learned that founder Josie Moncada uses it as a carry-on personal item for air travel. She started with one backpack Ohio State, the one I showed on the air, and now there are 30+ backpacks. That number is growing with NCAA licensing in addition to NCAA teams. There are also customizable blank bags in a variety of colors so you can design your own backpack. Currently Star Sports is focused on football, but the company says they will be expanding to more sports as the demand grows. They retail for under $50.

    http://www.starsportsbackpack.com/ 

    Saturday
    Aug182018

    Bone Chilling AC for Under $90?  

    Here's a gadget that's being sold for one of the widest price ranges I ever recall. From about $30 to $89! And the claims for Arctic Air is some ads are ridiculous, like this: “This air conditioner is light, portable and super cool. Quickly cools any room. Bone chilling AC for under $90!” Bone chilling?? This ad is more on target: “Arctic air cools purifies and humidifies the air around you. Fill it up with water and just plug this into any wall outlet or USB port and enjoy cool and clean air for 8 hours.” But this too is very misleading:“This personal space cooler is a great choice for living rooms, dens offices kitchens bathrooms bedrooms basements and more.” Really? How much air can it put out when the entire thing measures 6.61" L x 6.54" W x 6.73" H. The actual instructions in the box aren't quite so boastful. They say things like: “You'll feel the most benefit when you sit directly in front of it! The 'secret' is Evaporative Air-Cooling Technology!" (And that's why they also say: 'works best in dry areas'. To use it, you fill the non-removable tank with water. Power is USB either via an A/C plug adapter or USB port. And yes, if the room is dry and you're sitting directly in front of it, it will feel cool. After about an hour I felt cool and damp because it drops the temperature a tiny bit and raise the humidity a lot! It does have an LED color panel and you can choose from 7 colors or let it cycle through them as it runs. I paid $30 for mine online, and it's okay. I doubt if I'll use it much. Bed Bath & Beyond has it for $39.99, and it's on eBay for about $30. It might be helpful to some people as a cooling device, but it will never be “BONE CHILLING”!! 

    Here's a whole page of offerings for the Artic Air on Amazon. The lowest is $24.99 plus free shipping, but not Amazon Prime. https://amzn.to/2Plm8Us

     

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