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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
    Jan122019

    Two off-beat gadgets from the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas.

    Hate it when someone uses says the trigger word "Alexa" when you don't want your Echo device to do anything?

    The Mute+ is from Smartē could be for you. The idea is to place this device on top of an Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Dot smart speaker, so you can mute it when you don't want it to react to the trigger words. The company says their proprietary technology temporarily blocks any noise near or far from the smart speakers’ microphones and the lighted privacy timer can be set for up to an hour at a time. Each time you push a button at the top it adds ten minutes. The portable, battery operated Mute+ fits easily on top of the smart speaker. It can be left there without any audio or visual speaker interference. A translucent ring at the bottom of the device lets you see the light from your Echo device. It runs on 3 AAA batteries which are included. Available in white or black for $24.99 (Regular price $29.99)

     https://mysmartelife.com/products/muteplus Coming Spring 2019.

     

    At a public place did you ever forget your phone in the restroom stall? Or worse yet, drop it in? 

    This isn't high tech but could save you a lot of $$. Lot of folks carry their phones into bathroom stalls & the company says 19% of them accidentally drop them in the toilet! StallMATE is installed on the door of a bathroom staff and it provides a pocket for your phone (or wallet) right where you lock & unlock the stall door so you won't forget it. They have a catchy slogan too: Don't "go" without it!" It's meant for those steel stall doors in public places, but it looks like you can buy just one for $20. 

    http://www.stallmate.info/

    And a look into a possible future car entertainment system.

    Thanks to IAV's Side Window Entertainment, passengers will soon be able to look outside windows equipped with intelligent augmented reality technology and find relevant information on nearby points of interest with one simple touch. Using the augmented window will turn zooming in and taking screenshots into child’s play, letting passengers recall impressions even after the journey is over, and serve as helpful reminders. In addition to digitally enhanced sightseeing, Side Window Entertainment also offers numerous interactive features based on their location. For example, hungry passengers can easily make a reservation driving past a restaurant or arrange appointments like their next haircut or doctor’s visit directly on the window. Kids will love these new windows too: audiovisual content such as videos and games can be shown just as easily, making sure they are entertained even on long car rides.

    https://www.iav.com/sites/default/files/handouts/2018/en/side-window-entertainment.pdf

    Saturday
    Jan052019

    Three favorite gadgets from 2018.

    Fastest way to mute sound, ever! Need to 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, especially in a darkened room. Enter the giant Smash Mute button! The Smash Mute learns the mute signal from any television remote control 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 takes two AA batteries which are not included. You do have to program the Smash Mute Button, but that takes about 20 seconds! And the instructions are printed in big letters. One thing to be aware of -- after your Smash Mute Button blinks twice to let you know its programmed, move the switch from 'learn' to 'use' 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 3/18/18, and it was still that price on 1/4/19.

    Amazon linkhttps://amzn.to/2F9nOhb 

     

    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.

     

    Turbo Pot has come up with a new design for cookware. First, here's some info from the company: Constructed of heavy-duty 304-grade stainless steel, the Turbo Pot cookware line is engineered to outperform the standard pot by significantly improving the heat transfer of open-flame range cooking. Turbo Pot heats up between 35 and 50 percent faster than regular cookware. Highly conductive heat exchanger “fins” at the base of the cookware to dramatically improve heat transfer and optimize fuel efficiency. As you'll see in our video, even though our test was very basic, I convinced myself that those heat exchanger-fins on the bottom of the pot do speed up cooking time. Be aware this "fins" cooking advantage works for gas cooktops only and does not speed up cooking time for electric or induction cooktops. There are about 6 different Turbo Pot Cookware items in the line so far.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/yU6lR9soJv4  

    Amazon Linkhttp://amzn.to/2FYQmvu  

    Company How it works linkhttps://turbopot.com/howworks

    For kids, but adults will love it too:

    Watermelon Smash - a fun way to get wet.

    This is a fun 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 suspenseful because you never know when the watermelon will fully crack open. 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. Great for indoor play with seeds or outdoor play with water. The seeds are plastic and looked to be harmless, but not nearly as much fun as having it filled with water. Suggested Age is 6 Years and Up. I assume you could play it by yourself, but it would be much more fun with 2 or more players. MSRP $19.99.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIOM5casOZI&feature=youtu.be  

    Amazon under $14 as of 1/5/19: https://amzn.to/2R9H0CE

    Giz Wiz Link. Pay the same as everyone else Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to show. Thank you.

    Saturday
    Dec222018

    An unusual gadget for the Giz Wiz to try!

    I rarely report on a gadget designed mainly for women. But that changes with these “as seen on TV” EZ Makeup glasses. At ABC I've been on Regis for about 5 years, then Good Morning America for 5 years and then on World News Now for more than 20 years. In all those years I've been told dozens of times, "we have to darken your eyelashes because they wash-out on camera". Wait, could I do that myself if a make-up artist wasn't available at the studio? Well these specially designed makeup glasses are said to magnify for perfect makeup application. They have built-in LED to provide light to see every detail. A rotating lens allows you to easily switch eyes. The provide 3x magnification! I paid $14.99 for them at a CVS drug store. The first set had one LED light that didn't worked. I exchanged them for a second set and the rotating lens broke off. Watch the video to see how poorly these glasses are made - at least to my eyes!

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/JqdAO7peOQA  

     

    If you want to see their commercial – it's on their website:

     

    Ez Makeup Glasses ---  https://www.ezmakeupglasses.com/  

     

    Something like them on Amazon, cheaper, but no LED lights.

     

    https://amzn.to/2LxxPWI

     

    The $4 Kikkerland version: https://amzn.to/2R8wxGD  

    Saturday
    Dec152018

    The Tech Neck Hands-Free Collar Device.

    Who could come up with such a weird gadget? You want me wear that crazy thing around my neck? Well, relax, it's not a real product. It's true, the Tech Neck Device Holder does not exist. It's a Prank Pack designed to fool the receiver into having to thank you for a really stupid gift. But, the box is empty so you can put your real small-sized gift inside. There's also a “You've been pranked note” inside the box. This empty box costs $8, expensive since it's a job, but the company did a great job of making it looks like a real product with models using the device in all sorts of situations. Even the copy on the box looks real, so I guess it did cost them a bit of $$ to design and produce the new Prank Pack.

    Amazon link: (I paid $7.99 on Amazon, but that link sold out. However I found it here on Amazon for under $7 with free shipping, but not Amazon Prime: https://tinyurl.com/yb6vuzrx 

    Company website: (They're $7 here and there's a wide assortment. 10% off if you sign up for their emails)

    https://pranko.com/

    Giz Wiz Link. Pay the same as everyone else but the Giz Wiz get a small credit to buy more stuff.

    Saturday
    Dec082018

    Do you collect a lot of business cards? Here's a way to keep them organized.

    Do it with the mini Business Card File 

     

    If you collect a lot of business cards are they on your dresser, desk, and in your briefcase? I didn't have a central place to keep business cards until someone showed me this miniature file cabinet. It provides storage for 800 business cards and you'll know where they are. It's made of sturdy plastic and available in silver or brown color. For some strange reason, the top drawer has a built-in digital clock. But wait, there's more. A-Z card index dividers are included. Dimensions: 6.5" x 4.5" x 6.5". It's a bit pricey considering it's just made of plastic, but it should help you save time finding business cards you need - assuming you take the time to file them as you get them. Under $16.

    https://amzn.to/2L6Pl3J 

    (Giz Wiz link. Pay the same everyone else, Giz Wiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to demostrate.)

    Need to carry a lot of your own business cards with you? There's a suitcase for that!

    Mini Suitcase Biz Card Holder. Yep, looks exactly like an aluminum suitcase with pop-open latches, but it's it's tiny, ideal for carrying business cards. Here are a few more details via Amazon:  Material: aluminum alloy Business Credit ID Card Holder Metal Frame Case Organizer
    Exquisite mini briefcase design. (It has worked pop-open snaps, just like a real full-sized suitcase. Can put about 30pcs business cards. Suggested maximum size of each card: 3.6 x 2.1 in. From the Giz Wiz: It's available in several colors. I bought silver. The photo says: "silver" but it looks more pink-like in the picture. For some reason black was $10.49 and the other colors were $9.98, as of 12/8/18.

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

    If you're not a hurry to get one, they're as low as $5 here:

    https://amzn.to/2ElBt5e 

    (Giz Wiz link. Pay the same everyone else, Giz Wiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to demostrate.)