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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

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    Below are the gadgets we've talked about on the show.


    A new way to understand others who speaking in a foreign language.

    At the CES Unveiled event in NYC two companies Line and Naver Corp (an Internet content service operator headquartered in South Korea) are CES 2018 Best of Innovation Honorees. They were honored for their new Bluetooth-enabled wireless earbuds. While several companies are working on ear-to-ear real-time language translation, Mars is different. How? According to the company, other earbuds require separate mobile devices and earbuds, or two pairs of earbuds. MARS only require a single pair that can be shared between two people. Using the Naver Papago app, the user assigns a language to each each earbud. From there, two people will be able to have real-time ear-to-ear translation of 10 different languages. The supported languages right now include English, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Thai, and Indonesian. But the spokesperson at the show said the company is working on adding many more languages. The system works for both iOS and Android. The earbuds were named a Scheduled for release in early 2018, the suggested retail price (as of now) will be $149.00.

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    Here's an umbrella that has as many features as most smartphones!

    Well, actually, it will be here in 2018, so this is an early look. ShadeCraft is a robotics and technology startup based in Los Angeles, California. At the show, one of the founders of the company explained that their mission is to improve people’s lives outdoors. And their flagship product, SUNFLOWER, is the billed as the world’s first robotic shading system that tracks thesun. But that's not all! It has a full set of high tech features that include GPS, Bluetooth and WIFI connectivity, a high definition camera, voice activation and controls, speakers to stream audio, controlled lighting and the ability to charge external devices! And – it's all powered through solar energy. Now this was a preview look and the more formal introduction will take place at CES 2018. There they'll announce the price and limited available of the first units coming off the production line. You can sign on for updates at the company website.  

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    Polaroid celebrates it's 80th birthday with a "POP".

    At PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Center in NYC, Polaroid was celebrating its 80th anniversary. In honor of the occasion Polaroid is releasing the Polaroid Pop instant digital camera. It was first shown at CES 2017, but now it will be available and on sale starting November 2017. No chemicals needed with this camera, it uses Polaroid’s Zink Zero Ink paper technology. Embedded dye crystals and heat create the black & white or color image. The prints are 3.5" - by 4.25" and for old-time memory sake, feature the famous white border. The camera features a 3.97-inch touch screen LCD display which is used to change settings and browse through the 20-megapixel images captured with its CMOS sensor. The Pop offers a MicroSD card slot for storing videos and digital images, a dual LED flash, a self-timer mode, three in-camera filter modes, and Wi-Fi /Bluetooth connectivity for easy sharing to your smartphone through Polaroid’s free Polaroid Print app. With your permission, friends using their own cameras equipped with Bluetooth can print their pictures on the Polaroid Pop. It will be available in white, black, blue, and red. MSRP $200 10 sheets of Zink paper $10 

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    Looking for something different for Halloween & Holiday Parties?

    If you like crazy costumes you don't have to look far. Check out these funny "Ride On" costumes. I went to an early Halloween fund raiser for Little Shelter Animal Rescue and saw "Lady Godiva" there, which is also a "ride on" costume. The holiday themed elf costume is my favorite. It gives the illusion of an elf giving you a piggyback ride! Or that Lady Godiva is on a horse. Obviously that's not happening as you'll see in the video, or perhaps figure out from the photo. But it should have everyone laughing a lot at your next holiday office party or family gathering when you dress up in the Piggyback Ride On Elf Costume. The costume tricks your vision so that those who encounter the wearer will think that they are actually sitting on the shoulders of a cute little Santa helper. But of course it's all you wearing the costume, with your legs in the pants of the Elf or the horse in the Lady Godiva version. They're priced about $40 and up. Amazon features lots of other “piggyback ride on” costumes too, but it seems there was no Lady Godiva as of 10/21/17.

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    Anker Branches Out Into A New Consumer Electronics Category


    World famous for their excellent external battery chargers, this time 'round Anker uses one of their batteries to power their new Nebula Capsule Pico Projector. It's about the size of a soda can and offers a range of connect options which include AirPlay, Chromecast, Bluetooth and HDMI. The spokesperson said the internal 5200 mAh Anker battery will power video playback for about 2.5-hours on a single charge. The Nebula Capsule runs on a version of Android Nougat and there's built-in support for streaming apps from Netflix, YouTube, HBO, Amazon Prime and more. The DLP lens can display a screen size up to 100-inches. Resolution of the Capsule is reported to be 854 X 480 which is better than other pico this small. It can project out of the front or rear, or even up for ceiling viewing. There's also 5W of sound output through a 360-degree speaker, but you can't hear anything at a crowded trade event. (Actually, I believe Pepcom no longer allows any audio to be played at their events.) If you need audio only, Anker says expect 40+ hours of play time via Bluetooth. This device will ship with a remote, a Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger and microUSB cable. Tyler at the show, told me to check Indegogo for a special price, but all the early bird $199 units were gone when I got to do that. Units for $269 through the campaign were still available as of 10/14/17. (But the way, as of that same date, they are closing in on 3/4 of a million $ on Indiegogo!) The Nebula Capsule has a MSRP of $349 and will in the marketplace by the holidays.


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