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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.


    40 Colorful Party Balloons, Ready to Go in 40 Seconds!

    Having a party? Love balloons? Then meet the  Bunch O Balloons Party Pack! About 3 or 4 years ago on the Giz Wiz we featured the Bunch O Balloons automatic filling water balloons...that video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlWPJg6OXL0&feature=youtu.be 

    Now comes new Bunch O Balloons Party Pack! Zuru says you can save time and your breath with their Bunch O Balloons Self-Sealing Party Balloons! 40 party balloons in just 40 seconds! There's no more blowing, no more tying, and no need to add ribbon or string! Simply attach the stems to our Electric Party Pump nozzle and press GO. Within seconds, your Bunch O Balloons Party Balloons will fill and self-tie with ease and convenience. Choose between 1-Stem (8 Balloons), 2-Stems (16 Balloons) or 5-Stems (40 Balloons) and all sizes fill within 40 seconds! Each Party Pump Pack comes with 16 party balloons plus adaptor & a fast-fill hose so you can inflate all your household inflatables and water toys. Reusable and Biodegrable Premium Latex Balloons. As you'll see in this week's video, it works really well. And it's a lot of fun to use. 

    The ZURU Bunch O Balloons Party Starter Pack comes complete with the Electric Party Pump, 48 Self-Sealing Party Balloons, helium tank adaptor and fast-fill hose attachment for other inflatables, priced at $29.99 plus postage and is available now at company website. Links below.  (Company pack is 48 balloons, Walmart pack is 16 balloons as of 5/30/19)

    Now available in Walmart. The ZURU Bunch O Balloons Party Pump Starter Pack with attachment accessories and two balloon stems (16 balloons) will be available for SRP $14.99 and ZURU Bunch O Balloons 3 stem (24 Balloon) packs including a helium adaptor will be offered in various colors for SRP $9.99 each. (Only in store as of 6/1/19)

    Giz Wiz Party Balloons video: https://youtu.be/08ABQRy5i_E 

    Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Bunch-O-Balloons-Portable-Party-Balloon-Electric-Air-Pump-Starter-Pack-Includes-16ct-11in-Self-Sealing-Gold-Latex-Balloons/400412580 

    Company website: http://www.bunchoballoonsparty.com/.


    Here's an auto accessory you probably don't have in your car.

    Did you know about the Steering Wheel Tray? I'm always on the lookout for weird or offbeat gadgets. Especially gadgets people may not know about. I think I found it with the Steering Wheel Tray. It hooks onto your steering wheel for an instant desk, sturdy enough, the company says to support a laptop or lunch and a drink. It has two sides, an eating side and a working side. Mounts on most steering wheels in seconds, but the company says if you have a thickly padded steering wheel it might not fit. The 11 inch X 16.5 inch X 0.79 inch tray is small enough to store away before you start your car and drive off. NO YOU DON'T HAVE IT IN PLACE WHILE DRIVING! Fortunately, it's big enough so you probably wouldn't actually able to drive with it in place. Besides anything on the tray would go flying at the first turn of the steering wheel. And it's only about $12 on Amazon. At the link below it's was available only in black. On some other links there on Amazon it was available in grey at a higher price. Price as of 5/25/19. 

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2YKKZF9 


    Amazon links are Giz Wiz Links. Pay the same as everyone else, GizWizBiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff. Thank you.


    According to Zing Toys “Axe Throwing Competitions” are a 'big thing'

    And it looks like Zing is right! I did a web search and there are lots of bars & rec halls offering axe throwing games. But you don't have to worry about the danger of throwing a real axe because a new toy called Zax lets you bring all the fun of axe throwing in a safe way! A 12-inch soft foam Zax sticks to any flat surface (like walls or glass) thanks to its three uniquely designed suction cups. (Well, not all the time as you'll see as I try in the video we shot at Toy Fair. These Zaxes can be used for indoor and outdoor fun, but remember, you need a flat surface for them to stick. And I'm not sure I would just throw it at a window pane, at Toy Fair we'll were aiming at a thicker clear plastic panel. Each package contains one 12-inch tall soft foam Zax. Targets will be available separately in the future, but you don't need them to see who can get the Zax to stick more times. Recommended for Age: 4+. MSRP: $9.99 


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


    Amazon link:  https://amzn.to/2Q3Xad6

    Don't believe "axe throwing" is a thing? Here's just two examples I found on Google:

    http://www.burythehatchet.com/    ----    http://www.kickaxe.com/  


    Like Slime? Like Collecting? Meet Pop Pops from Yulu.

    Have you started your Pop Pops Snotz or Pop Pop Pets collection yet? Pop Pops is a combination of several of the best things in the world; yucky slime, bubble popping and the hunt for secret gross collectable Snotz or Pet characters. From Yulu, Pop Pops combines the “addiction” of popping bubble wrap, the satisfaction of slime, collectibles, and unboxing! More than 60 varieties including rare, super rare, and special editions! Pop the bubble, slime oozes out; play with the slime to see which collectible you get! Pop Pops come in two varieties – the super cute Pop Pop Pets and super gross Pop Pop Snotz. Each 6 pack contains two surprise figures, each 12 pack contains four surprise figures. 

    Age: 4+ MSRP: 6 Pack MSRP: $4.99 / 12 Pack MSRP: $7.99

    Available: Walmart, Target soon.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/fqyW6VWEgME


    Scoop, stack, score but DON'T drop the 'ice cream'!

    Get ready to scoop, stack and score with Oops Scoops! This is a fun stacking game where players take turns stacking (plastic) ice cream scoops on ‘Oops’ the ice cream cone. Players compete to build the tallest ice cream tower, but the ‘Oops’, shaking cone, can make stacking even more challenging, causing the tower of scoops to topple. Spin the scoop spinner to see how many scoops to add. If the scoops fall on your turn, then OOPS – you lose! The last player left wins the scooping showdown! Suitable for 2 to 4 players. 2 difficulty level base scoops for added fun. Batteries Required: 2 x AAA Batteries (Not Included) MSRP: $19.99. It was $17.99 on Target on 5/1/19. As you'll see in this week's show I did pretty well playing this game. I guess it's my love of ice cream that helped.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/EeIieg-Ghv8

    Company :30 second commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbc38N0uTCQ 

    $17.99 at Target: https://goto.target.com/KEQzA