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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
    Mar032018

    Discover With Dr. Cool.

    Here are two fun chemistry kits that will let you amuse and amaze and maybe even learn something new! My favorite here is the Chemistry Magic Invisible Test Tube Kit. (All the components are in the kit, in a smaller size than the video demo.) You take a test tube filled with liquid, and a measuring cup also full of a liquid. (It was premixed, so I don't know exactly what the liquid was.) When I lowered the test tube into the liquid all of the test tube below the liquid line instantly disappeared! (You'll see it in my video below.) The second kit is the Chemistry Magic Waterproof Wonders. There are two fun projects in this kit. In one of them you put dry sand on the little plastic spoon and lower it into water, make sure it goes under the water. Then take the sand out, and it's bone dry! In the second project, dip a finger tip into the special powder, then stick your finger into water. Remove your finger from the water and it too is bone dry. Each kit will be $11.99 and should be available starting July, 2018. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/808ogfvBWBA

     

    Company website - but neither of these kits will be there till much closer to the summer release date: http://www.discoverwithdrcool.com/

    Saturday
    Feb242018

    Backyard Brains introduces the Human-Human-Interface

    At Toy Fair 2018 I had to stop by the Backyard Brains Booth to see what sort of fun stuff they had. And surprise, I found something quite amazing, their Backyard Brains Human-Human Interface. With just a bit of wiring and by applying a few sticky pad to my arm I was about to learn that someone else's brain could make my arm move! Here's how the company puts it: "With our electrophysiology setup, you will learn exciting neuroscience concepts first-hand as your brain sends an electrical impulse to your arm's muscles, telling them to move. When your muscles move, this generates an even larger electrical signal. You'll take that electricity, then further amplify it and inject it into the nerves controlling another person's arm. This will gives the other person a direct education about the importance of eletrophysiology as this incoming signal overrides their nervous system and forces their arm to obey your electrical commands. It's a new spin on taking charge! The company's Human-Human Interface contains all of the materials you'll need to connect yourself with another person. It comes with an Arduino microcontroller (it's like a small, easily programmable computer), already programmed to facilitate newfound dreams of power. Plugged onto the Arduino is their Muscle Spikershield, which lets the Arduino understand the signals coming out of your body. With this you can see the electricity in your muscles as they move, but more importantly, use them as a signal to turn on the stimulator. But wait, there's more! A TENS stimulation device harmlessly delivers electricity to your arm's nerves. The Controller person uses the electrical signals from their voluntary muscle movement as a signal to turn on the stimulator. When this happens, my nerves interpreted the electricity as a "contract" signal, and my arm flexed as the controller's arm flexed. All this fun and educational neuroscience for students, kids, and adults isn't exactly inexpensive. It's $259.99 

    http://www.backyardbrains.com/

    Saturday
    Feb172018

    Let's see, how do I make that drink?

    You won't to think twice about how to make a drink if you own the Perfect Drink 2.0 Smart Scale and Interactive Recipe App. Here's what the company says about it: Impress friends with out-of-this-world amazing cocktails you made! (Yes, a little over the top, but this gadget is great. Read on.) Perfect Drink 2.0 and the Interactive Recipe App makes mixology simple and foolproof, regardless of your experience. Choose from 400+ taste-tested recipes or create and save your own unique concoctions. I found out about this new low, low price version from Chad Johnson when he reviewed on The Giz Wiz Show. You make the drinks right on the scale, right in the stainless steel cocktail mixer that's included. No measuring, just following the rising level in the picture of a cup on your smart device app. You can even tell it when liquors you already have and it will tell you what you can make with them! And it's only $19.95 which includes the scale, the cocktail mixer, and the stand for your smart device. At that price I had to buy one on Amazon!

    http://amzn.to/2H48dOz 

    Saturday
    Feb102018

    Travel With A Touch More Room When You've Booked A Window Seat On Your Flight.

    spAIRtray says it's the world's first window shelf for extra room on most commercial aircraft window seats. Using it is easy. Just unfold it, insert one end of the back plate low in the alignment channel for the window’s sun visor and slide the other end into the channel on the other side of the window. Adjust to level out the tray and now have some extra space for your phone, eyeglasses, snack, etc. The company says you can even hang a jacket on it. On my flight back from CES I had a seat on the aisle, but since I boarded before my seatmate, I was able to give the tray a quick try. "Installing" it takes just a few seconds. Now, the space on the tray is not a lot, 4" X 12", but in a cramped coach seat, it could be an enormous help. I did not try this with the plane in motion, but the non-slip pad certainly seemed like it would hold your phone or plastic cup in place. The holes on both ends of the tray are for your eyeglasses/sunglasses. While spAIRtray doesn't claim your tray is germ free, at least you know where its been and you can clean it before you pack. It's washable in warm soapy water. And of course, it shouldn't be used during taxi, take-off, and landing. The company did a careful review of TSA and FAA requirements, and says you should have no trouble using it in flight. It comes with a convenient cloth travel bag. $25.00 and it's Amazon Prime. 

    http://amzn.to/2Cb3YwI

     

    GizWiz Link. Pay the same as everyone else and The Giz Wiz gets a tiny credit to buy more stuff to talk about.

    Saturday
    Feb032018

    Coming soon from Razor -- Powered Heel Wheels!

    The company says “Hit new heights of fun with the all-new Turbo Jetts electric motorized heel wheels!” (Or you may also hit the floor as we saw one reporter do a bunch of times trying out them out at the CES.) The big intro is at Toy Fair 2018 later this month. Heel wheels aren't skates because they just power your heel with two real wheels. An unpowered version has been around for a while, but the Turbo Jetts add an 80-watt, geared-drive motor to provide a one-of-a-kind boost to any pair of sneakers. There's no remote and only one skate is powered. The Turbo Jetts use an integrated, pressure-sensitive, power control system to help you ride comfortably at speeds up to 10 mph (16 km/h) for up to 30 minutes of continuous use. Simply step into the heavy-duty polymer quick click frame and tighten the hook-and-loop strap for a secure fit. They're designed for U.S. sneaker size “youth 12 to adult 12” (European youth 42 through adult 45). The battery is a 12V lithium-ion pack, with quick-change, I believe they said 30 minutes for a recharge. And yes, battery charger is included. But wait, there's more. You can addiing 'sparking fire effects' as you skate if you want. (See the company video, link below.) Age: 9+ Max Rider Weight: 176 lb (80 kg). U.S. MSRP: $129.99. They'll be available February/March 2018 at ToyRUs first, then in wider distribution.

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=30&v=dSBf48o7niI   

     

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