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    The Giz Wiz is a weekly Saturday guest on The Tech Guy with -- who else? - The Tech Guy, 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
    Jun162017

    See Your Name In Lights, Just Like On Old Movie Marquees.

    The Marquee Light Box I bought on Amazon is no longer listed, however this one looks exactly like mine, but it has more features. It comes with many more letters and symbols, a total of 175, which is 100 more than mine! (Mine only included letters and didn't have any symbols or punctuation which this one includes.) It can be battery powered with 6 AA batteries (not included) or USB powered with the included cable. Hook up one of those AC to USB  plugs (not included) and you can power it from the wall. Here's what Amazon says about it:  

    LEORX Cinematic LED Lightbox: Here's a neat way to display a message or other text with the old-fashioned look of a movie marquee. Black letters that are set up in tracks on a white box lit from within. Totally readable in the brightest light or in total darkness. The uses are as limitless as your imagination. Say "Happy Birthday" to a family member, or "I love you" to your spouse. Put a sign in your window so arriving guests will know they've found the right house. These are just a few of the endless uses. With the bold black letters against the lighted white background, this sign has a striking effect. the size is about 22x30cm -- the size of an A4 sheet of paper. (That's roughly 1/2" bigger all around than a piece of 8.5 X 11" paper.) It comes with 175 characters, including letters, numerals, punctuation, and many symbols such as hearts, stars, smiley faces, and common typographical symbols such as #, &, etc. 

    A Giz Wiz Video About This Gadget: https://youtu.be/bdqQqkFSirw

     

    From the Giz Wiz: This is listing for the LEORX Cinematic LED Lightbox versionIt's $20.99 (as of 6/16/17) and Amazon Prime, so free shipping for Prime members:

     

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2m6zOHW   

    Thursday
    Jun082017

    Make a single Tea Light candle up to 100 times brighter!

    That's what Caframo says about their JOI Lamp Tea Light Candle Powered LED Lamp. And yes, it does work! The JOI lamps doesn't use batteries, solar or wall power to create its own light. It does use thermo-electric technology to transform the energy of a single tea light candle into enough light to illuminate your night. Within about four minutes of lighting it, JOI begins to convert the heat of the candle into more than 18 times the light generated by the tea light alone. The box copy says: '100X brighter than one tea light candle” and that sounds very reasonable after this using really unusual lamp. The design makes it an ideal centerpiece and the technology makes it perfect for indoor or outdoor lighting. Watch the video to see how versatile this lamp design is with dozen of various positions for the movable, extending arms, and adjustable shade. On Amazon it got 4.7 out of 5 stars from 65 reviewers, so people do love this lantern. It's not inexpensive at about $107.00 on Amazon, but I have seen it as low as $89 by doing a web search.

     

    Giz Wiz Video:  https://youtu.be/k3rzmbAc86M

     

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

     

    Company website: http://www.caframolifestylesolutions.com/product/joi/joi-heat-powered-lamp/

    Friday
    Jun022017

    Where's my smart phone? Oh, it's on my head!

    Instead of a tripod or a selfie stick, you can carry your smart phone on your head with Clip-A-Phone. With places like Disneyland banning selfie sticks, this is a good alternative. Just place the clip on your favorite cap, insert your phone into the clip and secure it with the strap. Then use the included Bluetooth shutter to record photos or video. The company says this: “Clip-A-Phone provides you with a simple solution to use your smart phone and mount it to your hat. Your head provides the most stable platform for taking pictures from the first person view or recording video as your body naturally stabilizes your head in relation to your moving physical environment. Parents have also found it useful for recording their child's sporting events, birthday parties and even their babies first steps all while keeping their hands free!” And now back to me. I put my Galaxy S5 on my Clip-A-Phone and it fit after I adjusted the strap to it's largest size, so I doubt if the new 'big' phones will fit. Check the company website. Also on the Galaxy S5, the app worked my camera shutter perfectly, but was wonky trying to stop & start the video function. Price is under $20.  

    http://www.clipaphone.com/

    As of 6/2/17 there was a special at the company website. Two clipaphones, plus two baseball caps for $29.99, plus S&H. 

    https://clipaphone.com/collections/special-web-offers/products/clip-a-phone-2-pack-w-free-hats 

    Friday
    May262017

    How High Can A High Chair Go?

    At The NYC Baby Show I saw the impressive Bloom Fresco Chrome High Chair. The spokesperson said it is the world's highest baby chair. And by highest they were talking about tray height, which is 36". That means the baby's tray height will at the same level as a breakfast bar an adult might eat at sitting on a stool. There's a 3-position recline system; fully lie-flat newborn cradle, semi recline and upright seat. Easy up/down height adjustment allow baby to join the family at the dining table or the modern breakfast bar. So it should be usable starting from birth, all the way to school age (which they give as 8 years old). In cradle mode a newborn baby is up from the ground where parents and baby are able to experience all important eye-to-eye contact. Other features include a removable click-in/click-out aluminum safety bar designed for use in all 3 recline positions. A 5 point safety harness with padded shoulder straps & bloom smart buckle, childproof release. A super-sized, scratch resistant & anti-slip adjustable feeding tray & second smaller play tray made from FDA food grade plastic & stainless steel parts that are removable & dishwasher safe. A removable reinforced aluminum footrest with 3 adjustable height positions. But wait, there's more! Large, scratch free wheels concealed in base for easy movement. Minimum weight recommendation is 5 pounds and the maximum is 79 pounds. After reading all that you know this innovative high chair is not inexpensive. It ranges from about $450 to $850 with all the bells and whistles. But if you can use it for eight years, even the most expensive model is just a bit above a $100 a year.

    Www.bloombaby.com

    Saturday
    May202017

    Is this battery good? And where are my 9V batteries?

    This gadget can answer both those questions if you use it correctly!

    Do you throw batteries in drawers, or a box, or anyplace where they can touch each other. Watch this week's show to see what can happen when you do that. While browsing through Amazon, I found this gadget: No more searching for batteries in your junk drawers or cupboards - this Ohuhu® Battery Storage Case keeps all your spare batteries organized and easy to see. This Battery Organizer holds up to 72 batteries with a handy removable battery tester lets you quickly see if a battery still holds a charge. Also, its compact size allows you to hang it on a wall or slide it into a drawer or on a shelf for easy access. Never hunt through your clutter for batteries again with this Ohuhu® Battery Organizer! ---- That sounded good to me, so I bought one. I like it! And you might too. Watch this week's show to see it, or here's a direct link to the video we shot. It's gone up a buck since we shot the video, but it's still a nice deal at $10.99 (as of 5/20/17) and Amazon Prime, so free 2-day shipping for Prime Members.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/xbL3Z3DwmOc 

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