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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.

    Friday
    Jul132018

    The lastest water roulette game to get you cool & wet!

    Watermelon Smash is the latest new twist on the water roulette game. It challenges each player to press the watermelon against their head as many times as the number on the spinner. It's a suspenseful game because you never know when the watermelon will fully crack open. (You'll see my surprise when I tried playing the game and got drenched. The link is at the Giz Wiz Video below.) If it cracks on your turn, you either get covered with water or plastic watermelon seeds and you are out of the game. Be the last player left to avoid having the watermelon crack open and you win. For indoor play it comes with plastic seeds. Suggested Age is 6 Years and Up. $19.99 at Target.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/UIOM5casOZI 

      

    Target Link:  

    https://goto.target.com/c/1237229/81938/2092?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fwatermelon-smash-board-game%2F-%2FA-53027224

      

    An affliliate link. Pay the same as everyone else, Giz Wiz Biz gets a tiny credit to buy more stuff! Thank you 

    Soggy Doggy is the showering, shaking, doggy bathing game for kids and the whole family. Players roll the die and move their playing pieces around the game board, taking turns washing Soggy Doggy. But watch out! You never know when he will shake to dry off... and you’ll get a wet! First one around the board and back to the doggy basket without getting wet wins.

     

    Amazon - under $15 as of 7/13/18, but price can change at any time. 7/14/18 Price changed to $9.99, but don't know for how long! https://amzn.to/2mjG0dk 

     

                                                           Here's Wet Head! Fill Wet Head, (which looks like a hard hat) with cold water. Then strap the water filled device on your head. Players spin to find out the number of rods he or she has to pull out. If you stay dry, pass Wet Head to the next player. Loser becomes a "Wet Head". Amazon under $15.00. 

    Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2umr4Q6 (Under $15.00 as 7/14/18)

    Saturday
    Jul072018

    A device designed to warn you of danger, even before the smoke detector.

    The small Wi-Fi Eye-Temp device monitors temperature and time on of ANY item (stove, candle, iron, etc.) that is paired through one of their devices and connected to their mobile app. They say it's the first smart device that can monitor ANY item individually. You'll receive an alert when an item is left on for too long. This is specific to the item being monitored. When you set up Eyetemp, you will choose the type of item you are monitoring when you pair the device. If a rapid and drastic temperature change is noted, there is an alert that will be sent to notify you. This will note a potentially dangerous situation. When setting up the app you will have the option to add up to 3 emergency contacts. If you are non responsive to an alert, after a designated time period, the app will send a text notification to your emergency contacts. If you leave your residence while an item being monitored is considered in use, you will receive an alert. For example, if you leave while your stove is left on and it is being monitored by Eyetemp, you will receive an alert to remind you that the stove is in use. An optional feature is the Call Center. They will be notified after all of the emergency contacts are utilized and the problem remains. Eye-temp units are $29.99 each, and the app, iOS or Android is free.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/mx1T3CSc6AQ  

     

    Company website: www.eye-temp.com   

    Saturday
    Jun302018

    Here's a totally new product from Bose. 

    No, it's not active noise reduction, which Bose is famous for, but a brand new way to mask annoying nighttime noises. Things like noisy neighbors, construction; or when traveling, vending machines, elevators, etc. Active noise reduction doesn't work for sleep, so they came up with a new technology, noise-masking. The new device is dubbed Bose sleepbuds. They don't (and can't) stream music, but they offer 10 preloaded soothing sound tracks (water, rustling leaves, crackling fire, etc.) designed to match and mask the unwanted noise. Since you'll have these in your ears all night, these turn out to be the smallest device Bose has ever created. Considering the amount of technology inside, it's nothing short of amazing. You start by choosing the proper StayHear Sleep tips (S/M/L are included with each unit). Everything is designed by keeping in mind many people (like me) toss and turn, while others sleep on their side. There are no wires anywhere to get in the way during your sleep and the entire sleepbuds fit in your ears. The rechargeable micro batteries provide up to 16 hours of use off one charge. The included charging case is a convenient place to store and protect your sleepbuds and it provides one additional full charge when unplugged, perfect for travel. Using the Bose Sleep app, you can set wake-up alarms that only you can hear, so you won’t disturb the person sleeping next to you. Bose adds: Because we’re always working on giving you the best possible experience, more soothing sounds will be available through future software updates. They're shipping now. $249.95.  

    https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/headphones/noise_masking_sleepbuds/noise-masking-sleepbuds.html

    Saturday
    Jun232018

    2 unique gadgets from CE Week 2018, Javits Center, NYC.

    At CE Week, I chatted with founder and CEO of Rplate, Neville Boston. He was at the new CE Week Connected Car Show pavillion. Neville's Rplate Pro, is quite unique. It's billed as the world’s first digital license plate. The Rplate Pro, is a multi-functional digital display and connected vehicle platform, offering a variety of features to make driving safer and smarter for consumers including: Automated DMV Registration – Including renewals, transfer of ownership and autopay - Parking & Tolls – Display parking permits & violations, automatically pay tolls - Safety Alerts – Including emergency, weather and Amber Alerts - Personalization – Change plate’s background color and add custom messages such as student driver, real driver or baby on board - Specialty Plate – Handicap, medical condition, senior driver, student driver etc. -Cause Plate – Support nonprofits, communities, charities and other causes with approved cause plates - Vehicle Tracking – Track your vehicle, speed and trips, and even display a stolen vehicle message - Smart Home Connectivity – Connect your Rplate Pro to interact with smart home features such as lights, garage door and security system-Targeted Messaging – Display customized messaging when the car is legally parked - Already in use in California, Reviver Auto has reached licensing agreements to bring the groundbreaking plates to Arizona, Texas and Florida in 2018. And now the bad news.They'll cost $699 for individual consumers, plus installation, as well as a monthly fee of about $7.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/NPvV_Qh-33E  

     

    Company website: www.rplate.com 

     

    This inexpensive device is like a pair of sunglasses for your iPhone.

     

    With the bright summer sun shinning for the exact few months, (mostly during the daylight hours) this is the ideal time to learn about the new myFlipShade from the folks at myCharge. The myFlipShade is an iPhone screen shield, privacy protector, and stand all-in-one. The shade reduces the sun's glare on your iPhone, making the myFlipShade ideal for use in the sunshine, to increase the visibility of your iPhone screen. Not only does the myFlipShade work as a screen shield, but it also works as a privacy screen and is ideal for crowded spaces such as public transport. Turn the accessory into a vertical or horizontal phone stand by folding it flat and adjusting for use. For now there is only an iPhone version. You could use it on an Android phone, but it will most likely cover your camera lens, which is not a good thing! Comes in black dot, marble white and and colorful pineapple. $9.99.

    Compatibility: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/eOTN38s3Kwc  

     

    It's available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KeSGg5   (The MyCharge Gay Pride External Battery Charger is there too, but it's a limited run offer.)

    Saturday
    Jun162018

    A Big "Buy" & A Bigger "Don't Buy"

    My pick for "Yes, Buy This"

    To my mind the best gadget I found so far in 2018!

     

    A few weeks ago Chad found the Wyze Cam, an HD WiFi camera that cost $20!! It was amazing. Now the same company introduces Wyze Cam Pan, a 1080p HD pan & tilt smart home camera! You won't miss much viewing this camera output on your smartphone screen. With its 110 degree/sec rotation speed, 360 degree horizontal range, and 93 degree vertical range, Wyze Cam Pan says it delivers 360 degree coverage in under 3 seconds. Turn on pan scan to automatically patrol a room based on up to 4 custom way points. There's also sound detection with alert notifications and free rolling 14-day cloud storage of alert videos, 2-way audio, and a microSD card slot for continuous recording and time lapse. Use the wyze app (iOS and Android) to manage and share multiple cameras. I share my camera with Chad on this show and you'll see the amazing results. It's $30 + $7.99 shipping at the company website, or $37.98 on Amazon which includes' free' shipping from Wyze, but not Prime shipping.

     

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

     

    Wyze Cam Video Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=33&v=PlqfKYmxmYk  

     

    Company website: www.wyzecam.com

     

    My pick for "Don't Buy"

    Smart Swab. Here's some of the product description on Amazon: Too much wax in your ears can cause discomfort, impair hearing and cause infections. Cotton swabs and other ear cleaning solutions can be both painful and dangerous! Now, there’s a better way! The Smart Swab is a new and innovative ear cleaner. It is a patented ear wax removal tool which allows you to clean your ears safely and comfortably. You simply insert the flexible tip into the ear canal and twist the handle in the direction of the arrow. The tip is designed to capture excessive wax easily and prevent earwax buildup in the ear canal. After cleaning your ears, you can simply dispose the silicone tip and replace it with a new one.

    And The Giz Wiz take: What a waste of money! They did nothing for me and the reviews are awful! Watch this week's show for more info.

     

    An Ear Cleaner Of The Future?? Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/JKXZuwx0tLM

     

    As seen on TV commercial: https://www.smartswab.com/

     

    Amazon: $9.99 link - but 70% of the reviews are 1 star! https://amzn.to/2yaKueV