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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

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    All The Tech Guy Labs show notes, shows & info can be found here:

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    Below are the gadgets we've talked about on the show.

    Friday
    Oct272017

    Polaroid celebrates it's 80th birthday with a "POP".

    At PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Center in NYC, Polaroid was celebrating its 80th anniversary. In honor of the occasion Polaroid is releasing the Polaroid Pop instant digital camera. It was first shown at CES 2017, but now it will be available and on sale starting November 2017. No chemicals needed with this camera, it uses Polaroid’s Zink Zero Ink paper technology. Embedded dye crystals and heat create the black & white or color image. The prints are 3.5" - by 4.25" and for old-time memory sake, feature the famous white border. The camera features a 3.97-inch touch screen LCD display which is used to change settings and browse through the 20-megapixel images captured with its CMOS sensor. The Pop offers a MicroSD card slot for storing videos and digital images, a dual LED flash, a self-timer mode, three in-camera filter modes, and Wi-Fi /Bluetooth connectivity for easy sharing to your smartphone through Polaroid’s free Polaroid Print app. With your permission, friends using their own cameras equipped with Bluetooth can print their pictures on the Polaroid Pop. It will be available in white, black, blue, and red. MSRP $200 10 sheets of Zink paper $10 

    Company website: http://www.polaroid.com/pop

    Thursday
    Oct192017

    Looking for something different for Halloween & Holiday Parties?

    If you like crazy costumes you don't have to look far. Check out these funny "Ride On" costumes. I went to an early Halloween fund raiser for Little Shelter Animal Rescue and saw "Lady Godiva" there, which is also a "ride on" costume. The holiday themed elf costume is my favorite. It gives the illusion of an elf giving you a piggyback ride! Or that Lady Godiva is on a horse. Obviously that's not happening as you'll see in the video, or perhaps figure out from the photo. But it should have everyone laughing a lot at your next holiday office party or family gathering when you dress up in the Piggyback Ride On Elf Costume. The costume tricks your vision so that those who encounter the wearer will think that they are actually sitting on the shoulders of a cute little Santa helper. But of course it's all you wearing the costume, with your legs in the pants of the Elf or the horse in the Lady Godiva version. They're priced about $40 and up. Amazon features lots of other “piggyback ride on” costumes too, but it seems there was no Lady Godiva as of 10/21/17.

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

     

    http://amzn.to/2hUjU1O

    Saturday
    Oct142017

    Anker Branches Out Into A New Consumer Electronics Category

     

    World famous for their excellent external battery chargers, this time 'round Anker uses one of their batteries to power their new Nebula Capsule Pico Projector. It's about the size of a soda can and offers a range of connect options which include AirPlay, Chromecast, Bluetooth and HDMI. The spokesperson said the internal 5200 mAh Anker battery will power video playback for about 2.5-hours on a single charge. The Nebula Capsule runs on a version of Android Nougat and there's built-in support for streaming apps from Netflix, YouTube, HBO, Amazon Prime and more. The DLP lens can display a screen size up to 100-inches. Resolution of the Capsule is reported to be 854 X 480 which is better than other pico this small. It can project out of the front or rear, or even up for ceiling viewing. There's also 5W of sound output through a 360-degree speaker, but you can't hear anything at a crowded trade event. (Actually, I believe Pepcom no longer allows any audio to be played at their events.) If you need audio only, Anker says expect 40+ hours of play time via Bluetooth. This device will ship with a remote, a Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger and microUSB cable. Tyler at the show, told me to check Indegogo for a special price, but all the early bird $199 units were gone when I got to do that. Units for $269 through the campaign were still available as of 10/14/17. (But the way, as of that same date, they are closing in on 3/4 of a million $ on Indiegogo!) The Nebula Capsule has a MSRP of $349 and will in the marketplace by the holidays.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/Q4LJ5RnPdmg

     

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/capsule-the-world-s-most-advanced-pocket-cinema-party-travel#/

    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 

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