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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
    Oct072017

    A two-in-one bike combination that might surprise you.

    Seatylock may seem like a strange name for a product but it does describe exactly what this gadget is! Every bike needs a comfortable seat, and a secure lock. Well, Seatylock is both! The removable seat features a hidden extendable series of inter-locking hardened steel links which can be unfolded and used to secure the bicycle, frame, tire and of course the attached seat, to a sturdy external object. The company adds that Seatylock Is rust free and that the hardened steel lock links are covered with plastic to protect your bike's frame from scratches. The device comes in two seat sizes - the"Trekking" seat and the "Comfort" seat, both available in many colors. It includes a universal adapter to make Seatylock compatible with most standard bikes. $99.00.

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

    Seatylockhttp://bit.ly/2xMNudC 

    Saturday
    Sep302017

    Turn almost any bike you own into an electric bike!

    I saw this at Interbike 2017, and thought it was pretty ingenious. It's the GeoWheel the wheel that raised over $1M on Kickstarter All the backers have now received their GeoWheels, so it's available for sale to all interested bikers. Here's some info via the company: Make pedaling your bike optional by replacing your regular front wheel with a GeoOrbital. The Wheel was developed by engineers from SpaceX and Ford. The breakthrough design of the GeoOrbital wheel an evolution of the electric bike. It is by far the most powerful in its class, affordable and easy to use and install. There is no need to install or configure any apps - simply clip on the throttle and use it like a gas pedal - the harder you press the faster you go. The 500W motor puts out TWICE the power of an Olympic cyclist. Pedal if you want, sit back if you don't. The GeoOrbital wheel comes in 2 sizes to fit over 95% of all adult sized bicycles. If your bike has 700c (a.k.a 28in/29in) or the smaller 26in wheels and uses rim brakes, the GeoOrbital wheel fits. In 60 seconds and without tools you can add electric power to a regular bicycle. Get around on your own bike, on your own schedule and without exerting more energy than you like. Traveling by bike is better for you and for the environment, not to mention it's a ton of fun. Max range without pedaling: 20 miles. With pedaling: 50 miles. Range is affected by weight, terrain, speed, etc. Bikes with the smaller tires have different specs. See the company website for all the details. Recharge time: 2 hours to 80%. 4 hours to 100% $995.00. 

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

     

    Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2yzuuyC

     

    Company link: www.geoo.com 

    Amazon link is a Giz Wiz Link. Pay the same price as everyone else, but GizWiz gets a small credit to buy more fun gadgets on Amazon.  

    Monday
    Sep182017

    Kids can learn how to code as they play with flashing LED lights!

    Kano's fun new Pixel Kit lets kids learning coding through bright, moving LED lights. They can build their own games, animations, and art. Kano says: Open the box, pop out the pieces. Buttons, board, battery, and more. Build the Pixel Kit step by step, page by page, just like Lego. Connect to your computer and download the Kano App. Step-by-step challenges show you how to learn code. Connect blocks and see the effects instantly. Simple for beginners, expansive for experts. Build your own games. Create characters, make them run and jump. Add logic and scoreboards. Make animations frame-by-frame. Play with 16 million colors. You can also bring sound to life. With the built-in microphone make lights dance to music, bounce to beats or speak when you speak. $79.99 with free shipping at the company website. (More expensive on Amazon.)

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/IQd7d343LkQ

     

    Company demo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gs5UuEjYgI

     

    Pixel Kit $79.99 on company website:https://kano.me/store/us/products/pixel-kit (Cheaper than on Amazon as of 9/14/17)

    Saturday
    Sep162017

    Ever hear of a gadget that's been around for 11 years and still available?

    It's the Griffin PowerMate USB control knob. It's was brand a new gadget  when Leo talked about it on The Giz Wiz Show in 2006. But guess what? It's now 2017, eleven years later and it's still available for sale! Plus there's a new Bluetooth version. First here's an explanation of what it does from Griffin: It spins like a knob. It clicks like a mouse. But it's so much more. You can use PowerMate USB to edit home movies, or scroll through long documents, or create your next audio masterpiece. How can PowerMate USB be this cool? Because it's an assignable controller that you can program to do anything you want, in any application. You can quickly and easily program it to execute any Key Command, in any application.  

    Must have one too? It's under $40 on Amazon (As on 9/16/17): http://amzn.to/2tSBckb  

    And guess what? Obviously there's call for the Powermate USB button because Griffin has a newer Bluetooth version. It still has that neat tech-looking blue glow but it was almost $60 on 9/16/17.

    It's here: http://amzn.to/2tOw9BB

    Saturday
    Sep092017

    More than just a plain selfie-stick.

    From Movo Photo comes The Movo Smartphone Video Rig with Stereo Microphone, Grip Handle, & Wrist Strap. (It's also available without the microphone kit  for under under $30.) This kit is designed to improve the production value of your smartphone video by letting you add mics, lights, a tripod, etc. So it's perfect for live-streaming, vlogging, interviews, performances, etc. (There are three female 1/4" threads for mounting accessories and tripod.) Also an integrated cold shoe mount microphone & lights. I like this device, even though I think it has a couple of short-comings. I wish the handle was a bit longer and even more I wish there was an LED light to tell you the mic was on, but all else seems good. The universal mounting clamp fits smartphones 2.2" to 3.6" wide including the iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy Note. Movo says their easy to grip padded handle (removable) assists with stabilizing your video, but there's no gimbal or anything else to assist you. An adjustable wrist strap provides a sense of security by preventing accidental drops. The Stereo Microphone has a selectable 90° or 120° pickup pattern and a frequency response of 35-20k Hz, Signal to Noise: 74dB according to Movo. And there's a level too. The kit also includes a foam & a furry windscreen. The mic kit is just under $57.00 and it's Amazon Prime.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/QOxi5e5GTH0

     

    Amazon link: (Kit w/microphone) http://amzn.to/2xdUEu7  ($56.95 Price as of 9/7/17)

     

    The Movo PR-1 Smartphone Grip Handle - WITHOUT A MICROPHONE KIT, is $29.95 here. (Price as of 9/7/17) http://amzn.to/2wM9oNC