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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
    Apr072018

    No more fighting over the armrest at your seat in coach!

    Coach seats on an airplane are uncomfortable enough, but having to fight over the small armrest between coach seats makes it even wore. There's a neat solution for that. Soarigami doubles the existing armrest space and provides a friendly barrier, so you and your seatmate can comfortably share fair. However the company strongly suggests that before using the device, you simply ask your seat-mate neighbor if they're willing to share. My guess is that when you show them the Soarigami, they'll be very interested in sharing it. The device can be adjusted to fit a wide range of armrests using the built in screws. A rubberized silicone molding on the underside creates a firm grip on existing armrests, making it fully stable. The armrest covers are removable for hand washing and the entire Soarigami folds flat to fit into any carry-on. It's $29.50 on Amazon.

    Giz Wiz Video:https://youtu.be/a1fwf7WELVo 

    Amazon Link:https://amzn.to/2Jt0qL5

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

    Friday
    Mar302018

    Traveling and worrying that your plane or train seat may not be clean?

     How clean are airplane seats? The COO of MedJet Assist says that as a rule of thumb, an aircraft is supposed to be completely wiped down after every 30 days of service or at 100 flying-hour intervals. But in theory, that means that an aircraft can be used for dozens of flights between deep cleanings. That's where Seat Sitters come in. They are disposable seat covers that are easy to pack or carry with you. Great to use on airplanes, at movie theaters, special events, or anywhere where you want to be sure you're sitting on a clean seat. The company says they're perfect for cold, flu and allergy season and make an excellent guard against contact with peanut and food allergens. The kit includes a disposable tray table cover (but there's no way to secure it to the tray on an airplane), two sanitary wipes and one allergy mask. The lightweight fabric is soft and 100% recyclable - both disposable and reusable. (There's no hint as to what the fabric is made of anywhere in the description or on the package.)  The company adds: the black fabric is non-woven, and machine washable in cold water; use air dry dryer settings. Approximate size is 24” x 55”. I checked on Seat Guru and most coach and business class seats or less than 24". And if you're lucky enough to be in first class, you probably don't want to be seen covering your seat. The kit is $14.99, and there's another version below.

    https://amzn.to/2GHlZJq

    This is basically the same kit, but it's called the Kid's Edition. I bought both kids and looking at them, it seems the only real difference is that the Kid's Edition contains four crayons. $14.99

    https://amzn.to/2GHZ8NW 

    For even more options, the company website has many: www.seatsitters.com

    Saturday
    Mar242018

    Ever see cookware with "fins"?

    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 by Eneron, Inc. is engineered to outperform the standard pot by a wide margin— significantly improving the heat transfer of open-flame range cooking. Turbo Pot heats up between 35 and 50 percent faster than regular cookware, allowing home chefs to save time and energy, and improve indoor air quality. Turbo Pot’s sleek, intelligent design incorporates patented, highly conductive heat exchanger “fins” at the base of the cookware to dramatically improve heat transfer and optimize fuel efficiency. In fact, utility companies such as Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas Co.) and Nicor Gas offer rebates for commercial kitchens to use Turbo Pot products (a unique first for cookware) because of their proven energy- saving capability. 

    And from the Giz Wiz: These pots certainly have a great look and feel, and 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 Link: http://amzn.to/2FYQmvu  

     

    Company How it works link: https://turbopot.com/howworks

    Friday
    Mar162018

    Make waffles without opening the lid of the waffle maker! What?

    Here's a waffle iron that bakes them at an angle. Doesn't the batter leak out? The Giz Wiz puts the Kalorik Easy Pour Waffle Maker to the test. Actually, this is very easy to use. Simply use the included measuring cup to pour batter into the spout of the closed waffle maker that sits at a 45 degree angle. It looks like that would be a disaster, but a rugged gasket holds the batter firmly in place and the angle makes it possible to distribute the batter evenly. Indicator lights plus five browning levels for custom cooked waffles 7" in diameter about an 1" thick.  

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/oLMI35UA2gw

    The Easy Pour is not on Amazon yet, but other Kalorik waffle makers are there starting at $25.00. http://amzn.to/2HFSkgP 

    Company website: https://kalorik.com/site/wm-43981.html

    Saturday
    Mar102018

    This "mute" button can easily beat your "mute" button!

    I bought one of these after I watched a video of it sent in by Mo, a big fan of The Giz Wiz Show. It solves a problem we all have, and that's the need to lower or 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. It's worse if you're getting up in years and you're looking for the “mute” bottom in a darkened room. You need 20/20 eyesight to find that mini mute button. Enter the giant Smash Mute button! The Smash Mute is an electronic device that learns the mute signal from any television remote control, and then duplicates that signal 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 measures 5 1/4" x 3" x 1 3/8" and takes two AA batteries which are not included. You do have to program the Smash Mute Button, but don't worry; that takes about 10 seconds! And here's good news. The instructions are printed in big letters and every step has a photo. One thing to be aware of, and fortunately they point this out in the “if your button doesn't work” list. After your Smash Mute Button blinks twice to let you know its programmed, you have to move the switch from 'learn' to 'use' very, 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, and was still that price on 3/10/18.

     Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2FqWA73

     

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