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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 should you watch The Tech Guy on TWiT please stay tuned, because after the Tech Guy Show I record the Giz Giz, an hour show with videos, guest of the week, Match Game questions and more! That starts about 2:10 PM PST/ 5:10 PM EST. Watch it all at

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

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


    Love VR? Meet another 2017 CES Innovation Awards Honoree....

    If you're a gamer, and even if you're not, you probably know the name MSI. They're famous for building high-powered, high tech, high concept computers. At CES they unveiled their VR One, a VR­ready wearable gaming powerhouse. It's the world’s thinnest and lightest VR backpack PC. "The VR One ushers the future of VR gaming by delivering superb performance in a truly mobile way, whether you prefer immersing yourself on a desk or completely untethering from wires,” says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. The VR backpack PC weighs only 7.5 lbs. Powered by a unique cooling system to prolong gaming sessions, it comes with swappable batteries, eliminates cables and chords, and is now available to deliver a truly wireless VR experience. Other features include: Windows 10 - Latest 6th Generation Intel® Core i7-6820HK processor - VR Ready graphics with NVIDIA GeForce® GTX1070 or GeForce® GTX 1060 - Directional cooling - Powerful personalization and customization with the Dragon Center application - 360° virtual surround sound powered by Nahimic - Networking with Killer DoubleShot Pro -Thunderbolt 3 certified. There are two models. One at about $2000 & the other about $2300.  

    Giz Wiz Video:


    Company website VR info:


    The new Trident models also shown in the video are here:


    Meet Wowwee's COJI

    Kids as young as four can learn to code with the COJI Robot. COJI gets its name from Coding with Emojis. It's the new coding robot pal where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) comes together to teach children basic programming skills using the “language” of visual emojis. Kids will have fun testing their problem- solving skills and playing games with their new robot friend. They use the free app on any smart device to control COJI’s actions. As you'll see in the video, Bluetooth is used to send a child's commands to COJI to follow. COJI also reacts to physical stimulation such as tilting and shaking. He comes with an LCD screen, dynamic sounds and thousands of animations. It’s coding and learning fun with a smile(y)! MSRP $59.99 It's for kids 6 & up, although in the video we shot the spokesperson person says kids 3 & 4 can enjoy the basic commands. 

    Giz Wiz Video:

    It's on Amazon for about $37.00 (as of 12/2/16) here:

     Company Website:


    New Vizio Smart Cast offer Ultra HD and HDR

    VIZIO continues to drive the lower price end of the Ultra HD market with incredible value display units. The new VIZIO SmartCast M-Series Ultra HD HDR Dolby Vision Home Theater Display is a perfect example. I have the 50” Model D1. It's part of the VIZIO SmartCast collection which means Google Cast is built-in. It comes with two remotes. The small bare bones remote just gives you basic on/off, volume up/down, and input selection. But you also get a 6” Android tablet remote. You can find and view videos, movies, etc. on the tablet and if you like, hit the “cast” icon to have them move onto to your M-Series Ultra HD screen. Leo Laporte, The Tech Guy recommends buying TV's that are HDR equipped, and this VIZIO unit does feature High Dynamic Range. I haven't tried it yet, but you can search for movie and more via voice using the VIZIO SmartCast app that comes pre-installed on the 6" Android tablet remote. The tablet is perfect as a remote, but you can't do a too more with it because it only comes with 8Gb Storage and you can't add more. However the tablet screen offers a 720p HD picture so you can take it watch videos anywhere you have your WiFi signal. So you never pick up the remote table and find it needs a charge, you also get a charging dock that doubles as a tablet stand. Just putting it on the stand starts the charging. But wait, there's more. You can play games on your big VIZIO screen while using your mobile tablet screen as a game controller. The display offers four HDMI ports to connect Cable/Satellite boxes, Bluray/DVD players, Gaming Consoles and Computers. You can even use the virtual keyboard on the tablet to name the inputs. Be aware though this is what VIZIO calls a Tuner-Free Display. Since most households today stream or watch live TV from cable and satellite boxes which don't require a tuner, you probably won't care. But if you use an external antenna to watch free local channels, you will need to get a separate tuner adapter to connect your antenna to your display. The price is ridiculously low, especially when on sale, which is often. MSRP $849.99. Black Friday weekend 11/25/16, it was at many stores and the company website $599.99, incuding shipping. (It was still that %599.99 price on the Vizio website when I checked on 11/27/16. Otherwise I've seen it quite often for $699.99. 


    USB Cables That Can Be Inserted Right-side or Upside-Down.

    EnacFire Reversible PowerLine[2-Pack] Premium Micro USB Cable Fastest Charging Flash Data Syncing Tensile Tested Nylon Cord Braided Cover Velcro Strap Arranged(Red)

    Reversible USB cables --- both ends ---- USB-A and the micro-USB side can be plugged in and it won't be the wrong way. It's about time!

    You get two cables -- a one foot and a five foot cable and even a little black velcro strap to hold them. They're under $10. I like the red nylon cover and reinforced ends. There are cheaper versions on Amazon, a couple of which I also bought, but I liked these better.

    They're here on Amazon:

    If you don't like red, I also bought these. They also look very well made but are a bit more expensive, $12.99 for two - as of 11/19/16. 

    And I bought these too! Yes, I wanted to see what different prices brought. With these you get three black USB reversible cables, but they don't seem as well made as the others. However, they are under $8 for 3 different sizes, as of 11/19/16


    Never Tie A Shoe Lace Again.

    Homar No Tie Shoelaces for Kids and Adults - 

    Waterproof Silicon Flat Elastic Athletic Running Shoe Laces with Multicolor for Sneaker Boots Board Shoes and Casual Shoes.

    Make sure you order the right size. It took me about 5 minutes to install them, but you do it just once for the life the shoes. As a mini-test I left shoelaces on one sneaker and put these laces on the other and wore them for a day. None of the No Tie Shoelaces popped out and felt more comfortable than the 'real shoe lace' side. At least for me, I like the No Tie laces better - and there's nothing to lace or untie! They're available in many different colors, in either Child or Adult size. I paid $8 here on Amazon: 

    And on Amazon here, I see 3 pair of kid's laces for $11.99: