About Me

 

Dick DeBartolo, MAD's Maddest Writer, and co-host of The Giz Wiz at GizWiz.TV, The Giz Wiz on ABC's World News Now, and on Tech Guy Labs with Leo Laporte on TWiT.tv. But wait, there's More »

Search Giz Wiz Biz
Latest Tweets
This form does not yet contain any fields.

    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
    Feb022019

    If you've fallen and can't get up --- this could help.

    This is a new gadget by Walabot, a product from Vayyar Imaging. The company says that "All Walabot devices are created to help you uncover hidden things in the world around you. Our technology is based on 3D imaging sensors that use radio frequency, rather than a camera, to see through solid surfaces and create a visual image of what’s inside." The company already makes a 3D DIY device to let see people see through walls to find wiring, pipes, etc. Walabot Home, their newest gadgets, is a 3D sensor that can “see” through walls and detect motion. It mounts on a wall and is said to be able to detect if someone has fallen and well - can't get up. When Walabot detect a motion like a fall, it will automatically place a call for help to the selected contact without the fallen person needing to push a button or even be wearing a device. So that's great for an elderly person taking a shower or a bath, especially since there is no camera needed in the room. The company says it can even can detect if someone stops breathing. Another neat feature is that a person who wants help can also just push a button on the device to summon their emergency contact. The cost is $149.99 + $4.99 a month, with the 1st 6 months free.

    http://www.walabot.com

    Saturday
    Jan262019

    Looking for something really different in a tablet? This one has it!

    The Royole Flexpai is billed as the world’s first commercial foldable smartphone, it's a combination of mobile phone and tablet. This is Royole's 2nd generation, ultrathin, fully flexible display that can get used either folded or unfolded. Now you have the portability of a smartphone plus the 7.8” screen size of a high-definition tablet. Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform -- Water OS (Based on Android 9.0) -  Aspect ratios: 4:3, 16:9 and 18:9. When folded, you have three screens available; front, back and edge. The edge screen displays notifications for incoming calls, emails, and messages. The device also includes two high-res cameras with 20 and 16 megapixels that can be bent to capture objects at unique angles. When folded, incoming calls or photos can be conveniently taken from either side. A consumer version should be available later in the year. (It's already on sale in China.) If you're in a hurry to be first you can preorder the developer model. The 128GB model is $1,318.00 and the 256 GB model is $1469.00. The company says it ships in 60-90 days.

    Giz Wiz YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/z4pnH2y5fd8

    Tech Specs: http://www.royole.com/flexpai-specs   

    Company website: https://www.royole.com/flexpai   

    Saturday
    Jan192019

    You can cook from afar with the new less expensive June Oven Gen2

    The second generation June Oven offers faster cooking, a streamlined touchscreen interface and a durable, easy-to-clean stainless steel interior. The June app lets users start cooking, watch their food being cooked and receive push notifications to their mobile device. June’s digital Cookbook provides easy to follow, step-by-step video recipes and automatically controls your June to set the correct time, temperature, cook-program and preferred doneness. June can bake, broil, roast, air fry, dehydrate, slow cook, toast, reheat and keep warm. Six carbon fiber heating elements allow it to preheat three times faster than other ovens. An HD camera and latest advances in AI to instantly recognize over 50 common foods and will suggest the correct automatic cook-program for you. The camera also lets you watch your food come to life in real time and share a time-lapse of your cooking with friends and family. Maximum capacity – June fits up to a 12"x16" pan, 12 pound turkey, and 12" pizza. 1.0 ft capacity. Never goes out of date – June’s software automatically updates to introduce new functionality and features via Wi-Fi. June Oven comes standard with a food thermometer, solid core aluminum cooking pan, roasting rack, wire shelf, crumb tray and companion app (iOS and Android). $599.00.

    Giz Wiz CES 2019 Video: https://youtu.be/JNYJ9nY3Ju8

     

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

    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.