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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
    Dec012018

    Did you buy anything on Black Friday?

    I resisted, but then around 10 PM, I gave in and bought an Amazon Fire HD8 with Special Offers for $49.99. And ebates had an 8% cash back offer which dropped the price even further. But wait, there's more. Even at the price there was free one day shipping for Prime Members. It was amazing. Ordered it about 10 PM Friday night, had it in my hands by 1:30 PM Saturday! As you'll see in the video, that low price includes ads, tons of ads! I finally paid $15 + taxes to remove them on Amazon. The new Show Mode is nice since it lets you see notices from pretty far away. The new version offers a better front camera and can take a larger SD card. I thought it was a bit odd that everything is at the top edge of the tablet; charging port, headphone jack, volume and on/off tab.  As of this writing it's back to it's normal price $79.99 with Special Offers, or about $95.00 more ad-free. There are more details in this week's show.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/8uu4tPpKWqA  

     

    It's back to $79.99 with Special Offers. https://amzn.to/2Qtqufw  

     

    Fun for the whole family with Reindeer Ring Toss Game. 

    When I saw this game on Amazon I thought it looked like a great fun game for family fun on the holidays. Something to get everybody - kids and adults involved. I ordered a set of two, and I paid about $11.00. First, here's what Amazon says about them: Let's play Christmas Reindeer games! You throw 2 red and 2 green round rings onto the large Reindeer Antlers on your friend's head!Take turns wearing the antlers and make your own games. Great fun for your holiday party. It's funny and fun to play. Buy several and give them as party favors or Stocking Stuffers! – Well, you'll have to have this week's show to see the quality of these reindeer games. They're cheaply made and as you'll see by the reviews often don't inflate and sometimes have leaks in them. But through it all, most people said they still had fun. I did too as you'll see in the video. They don't seem to hold air which makes them look goofy on your head, but you can still play ring toss even if not totally inflated. It actually seems to make it funnier. Be sure to buy a 2-pack since the quality of the product is so low.  

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/36vh_2hgK9o     

    Amazon: $9.99 (set of 2 + pump, which mine didn't come with) on 12/1/18 - https://amzn.to/2Pb9ead 

     

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

    Saturday
    Nov242018

    BRILLIANT PAD - World First Self-Cleaning puppy pad & dog potty.

    This could be perfect for seniors with dogs who are paper-trained, or anyone who can't get out of the house on a terrible winter day. Designed to handle #1 and #2, the highly absorbent BrilliantPad soaks up liquids and dries out solids. It wraps and seals waste to keep your home clean and odor free. A built-in timer replaces pad automatically or you can refresh anytime at the touch of a button. I asked what happens if there's a puppy on the pad when the machine is set to automatic and the spokesperson said a sensor won't let the machine start until the pad is clear of your pet. Waste is sealed inside while outside remains dry and your hands stay clean. Biodegradable caps prevent leaks and foul odors. One long-lasting roll lets you enjoy your pet without the clean-up chore. The company says one roll = 27 regular wee pads. The company says it's perfect for small dogs up to 25 pounds who already use pads or for puppies you're going to train to use pads. Medium dogs 25 to 40 pounds might use it, but it not for dogs over 40 pounds. Was $149.99 but as of 12/2/18) it was $129.99 on Amazon. Refills are $20 to $32 depending on the number you buy and if you subscribe to one of their refill plans.

    Giz Wiz Video from the pet expo: https://youtu.be/HMYNlufFZpw

     

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

     

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

    Saturday
    Nov172018

    I promise - your dishwasher CANNOT do this!

    Wash your dishes, clean your hats, cook your dinner --- all in one really small appliance! Yep, that's what the company says.

     

    The Heatworks Tetra, an internet-connected compact countertop dishwasher requires no plumbing and can be placed and used anywhere with a standard electrical outlet. With a smaller capacity than the average dishwasher Tetra holds two full place settings or 10 plates or 12 pint glasses. There are no faucet connections required and water is loaded by hand so users know exactly how much water is being used - about a half a gallon per load. Tetra is transparent so you can see exactly where in the dishwashing cycle it is. It's powered by Heatworks' patented Ohmic Array Technology. It does not use traditional metal heating elements that can rust and scale over time. Instead, through graphite electrodes and advanced electronic controls, the naturally occurring minerals in water are excited, directly and efficiently heating the water. But wait, there's a LOT more! The company says because of the precise temperature control you can easily use the Tetra to sanitize baby products, wash plastic storage containers without melting, cook seafood, clean fruit, or run a load of wine glasses on a gentler cycle. All this in just 10 minutes a load. Now one of their press releases says Tetra will cost under $300 and will be available for purchase in late 2018.Wait a minute! It is late 2018, and at CES Unveiled 2019 we learned we would see a working model at CES 2019 in January. So it would seem the 'on sale' date is still far away.

     

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4UgIijI0Z0

     

    Compay website: http://www.myheatworks.com/  

    Saturday
    Nov102018

    Make Drinking Water Out Of Air!

    At CES Unveiled 2019, which place November 8, 2018 in NYC, I drank clear, cool water from a machine that made it by magic. Well, not really magic, but it did make the drinking water out of air! The new technology, developed by Watergen, an Israel-based tech company, is currently being showcased in Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi. Here's they explain what happens inside their Watergen device. The atmospheric water generator called Genny, takes in ambient air through a filter, and cools at its dew point, extracting water through condensation. The water is then purified, mineralized, and is ready and safe to drink. The spokesperson told me the prototype unit was producing five gallons of clean drinking water per day, but the company expected the final production unit would produce eight gallons a day. It comes with a built-in reservoir and a water treatment system. Large scale units are designed to provide water to approximately 2500 people per day, and can be installed on a rooftop and connected directly to the building’s water grid. The machines only need electric to operate and can be installed anywhere. A mobile water generator could provide drinking water on the go anywhere at any time. The company also points out that the use of atmospheric water generators could drastically reduce plastic waste. The home unit price has not be set, but it's expected to be less than $1500. 

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

     

    http://www.watergen.com/

    Friday
    Nov022018

    A Tee-shirt Like One You've Never Seen Or Worn Before!

    The Virtuali-Tee offers a guided tour inside your body! It's easy. Put the Virtuali-Tee shirt on, open the app and point your device’s camera at the Virtuali-Tee. The app scans the Virtuali-Tee and you'll see an image of the internal body system. Then you can - and kids will love this part – you can virtually dissect the organs in gross detail!Tap anywhere on the screen to peel back the layers of the body and interact with the different systems and organs by clicking on the hotspots. The app can also work in selfie mode, so anyone wearing the t-shirt can use the front camera to explore the internal systems on themselves. But wait, there's more! If you have a VR headset you can also activate VR mode by tapping on the VR goggles icon. The app is compatible in most cardboard headsets as long as they allow camera access. Hans Glover is the anatomy expert that will guide and talk you through all the different systems and organs. The newest feature is the Heart Rate tracker that allows users to test their own heart rate directly through their device camera and then actually visualize their own heart rate beating live in AR through the app. The inventor says this can be a fantastic addition to science lessons, bringing an immersive new dimension to learning about the Heart and Circulatory System.

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

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19NV4wsw2M 

    MSRP $29.95, but on 11/2/18 it was under $24 on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2qp0Nht

     

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