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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
    Dec012017

    Two Clever Gadgets From The NY Pet Products Showcase 

    Ever hear of PillStashios? At first I thought they had something to with pistachios, the nut, but they don't. It has to do with “pills” and how to “stash” them so your pet takes them. Lets of pet owners including me, have trouble getting their dog to take a pill. So this is a clever and easy way to do it. Hide the pill inside this new innovative treat! They look like a little nut that opens with room inside for the pill. They comes in two different sizes for different sized pills. The dog eats the treat and swallows the pill. What do they taste like? Well, I didn't try one, but my dog “Charlie” absolutely loves the apple-bacon flavored ones! There was no pill inside but I bet he would devour just as fast if there was. Here's a bit more info from the company: Using all natural, USA sourced, healthy ingredients, we cooked up some really delicious flavors. We took special care not to includes any cheap fillers, grains, gluten or soy. PillStashios are made with our patented and unique 'Smell Lock TM' closure system to ensure that dogs can't smell the pill inside or they can't separate the pill and spit it out. We offer PillStashios in a variety of delicious flavors that can be found here including; Apple Bacon, Blueberry Chicken and Cranberry Turkey. They sell for under $13. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/olYX61s3wCk

    Company website:  https://www.pillstashios.com/

     

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    And for cats - a gadget invented by a vet to help them try out their 'hunting' skills

     

    This is a totally new way to feed your cat, or more like, let your cat feed themselves. It's called the No-bowl indoor cat feeder.A vet designed this bowl-free way to add a bit of exercise and fun when it's time for cat to eat! The vet says that cats like to hunt for their food, so this feeding system looks like common prey (a mouse). You fill the container inside the fake mice with dry food and hide them. When hungry, the cat goes looking for food which the vet says simulates natural hunting and eating patterns. As they roll the mouse around, spills out. Comes with 5 little fake mice and containers, and a trainer mouse container. Description says “designed for one cat” but I don't see why more they one cat can enjoy 'the hunt for food'. Juse hide them all over the house or apartment. The kit is $39.99. Available on the company website.

    Company website: https://docandphoebe.com/collections/indoor-hunting-feeders

    Friday
    Nov242017

    Bought my first "smart home" gadget, cheap!

    I can't resist bargains, so when I saw the Eufy Genie(a less expensive version of the Amazon Echo Dot, with less features) for under $20, I ordered one. It's a product from a sister company of Anker, a brand I know and trust, so I figured it had to be pretty good. Like the Echo Dot, it's a voice-controlled smart speaker and it actually uses Amazon's intelligent Alexa voice assistant. (Amazon licenses its technology to other companies.) Like the dot, I say the wake word "Alexa" and Genie plays music, even old stuff like disco standards. (Yes, I still like disco.) It can control your smart home devices, but I don't have any -yet. Now that I have an easy way to control them, I'll just ordered a smart outlet. Genie can answer your questions, get the weather, news flash briefings and more. I was very impressed when I told Alexa to add a meeting to my calendar and indeed it was there on my computer calendar when I looked. Things to be aware of if you're interested in a Eufy Genie. It only works on a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network and it does not have Bluetooth. Neither of these was a deal breaker for me, especially at $19.90 for something close to that. The built 2W speaker delivers very decent sound, especially for it's size. (It's about 1/3 bigger than the Dot Echo so some reviewers said it sounds a bit better.) You can get playlists from streaming services like Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Pandora and iHeartRadio. It was easy to set up with the free EufyHome app. Use the Amazon Alexa app to access 10000+ skills and services, such as Sirius XM, Domino's Pizza, Uber, ESPN, NPR News, and much more. Genie will be able to do soon. Future updates include: Alexa messaging and calling. EufyHome requires a smartphone or tablet running iOS 8.0 (and above) or Android 4.3 (and above) to operate.) To make up for the lack of Bluetooth there's a 5 ft aux cable in the box along with the Eufy Genie, AC power adapter and user manual. Plus the company offers a worry-free 12-month warranty and lifetime technical support. MSRP: $34.99. But this Thanksgiving weekend it seems to be down to $24.99. 

    http://amzn.to/2zmVJ0g ($24.99 was of as 11/24/17)

     

    The Dot Echo seems to still be $29.99 this holiday weekend and probably through Cyber Monday, plus just $5 more for a TP-Link Smart Plug. (Scroll to the bottom of the Amazon page to see the smart plug offer.) I bought these Black Friday, but don't have them yet. They're here:

     

    http://amzn.to/2znKFjo

     

    GizWiz Link. Pay exactly the same as everyone else but Giz Wiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff on Amazon.  

    Friday
    Nov172017

    Drink wine from a bottle without removing the cork? It's possible now.

    Yes, I found that hard to believe too, but as you'll see in the video this user-friendly wine system does let you pour a glass of wine with the cork intact. And it keeps the rest of the bottole of wine safe from oxidation, allowing it to continue to age naturally. To use, click on the Coravin device and a "pouring needle" allows access to wine without cork damage! Remove the needle and the cork reseals itself and continues protecting the wine. Argon gas, an inert gas used in the wine-making process, protects the remaining wine from oxidation. Coravin fits on a variety of sized standard wine bottles, and they even made an adapter for screw-on caps. (That's mostly on the wine I drink.) There a many designs and systems available starting at $199.99. After you use the included Argon cartridge(s), new ones average about $4 to $6 each and are good for up to “15 Pours”.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/f28Ce3bRvjA 

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

    Saturday
    Nov112017

    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.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/yJgqvWaLNy4

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=r_tSQ9eH-ks

     

    Company website: http://www.navercorp.com/  (You might have to hit 'translate'.)

    Saturday
    Nov042017

    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.  

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/Aa4lo4m4iE8

     

    Company website: www.shadecraft.com