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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.

    Saturday
    Jul082017

    Turn your non-touch computer into a touch screen computer for as little as $70!

    It's the AirBar Sensor by Neonode. As you'll see in the video, AirBar gives your PC and (soon) MacBook Air touchscreen capabilities. The sleek, lightweight device emits an invisible light field over a laptop screen that senses touch from any finger, stylus, paintbrush, etc. AirBar enables touch for most PC laptops running Windows® 10, as well as the MacBook Air 13”.

    The sleek matte black (PC) or brushed aluminum (Mac) bar attaches to the bottom of a display with magnets and connects instantly through a USB port. No software installation for the PC-compatible device, and only a quick software installation for the Mac-compatible device is required. The device is available in three different sizes to fit a variety of PC screens: 13.3”, 14” and 15.6”, as well as a Mac-compatible version that fits the MacBook Air 13”. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/3Fx7-EGSgm0  

    Company videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6VdbZxBoac 

    Company website: http://www.air.bar/ 

    3 PC Versions Are Here on Amazon, all under $70:http://amzn.to/2t4Wc4O

    Saturday
    Jul012017

    Meet the MEEM memory-charging cable

    MEEM is a fresh new take on smartphone back up. It's a phone charger cable that automatically backs up personal data on a smartphone to the cable. And it does that every time the phone is charged. With people using phones more and more for high quality photos and video and quick text communications, a phone’s storage fills up quickly with precious content and the more personal information stored, the higher the anxiety of losing or having that data stolen is. With MEEM, backing up your smartphone is a simple solution that fits into a daily routine. Just plug in your MEEM (either for an Android or iPhone device) choose and confirm a four-digit PIN and back up of your personal data starts immediately. MEEM keeps personal data safe in your hands, under your physical control, and inaccessible to anyone else. MEEM is available to purchase in the UK, Europe and North America direct through the manufacturer or on Amazon. Prices start at $59.99 for the 32GB version. There's a 16 GB version there too for $49.99, which is no longer offered by the company. (Amazon as of 7/1/17) and price will depend on if it's for iOS or Android and the amount of memory inside.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/cKRgpnxY4LM

     

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2s4qgMx

     

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

    Friday
    Jun232017

    The Monoprice feature packed MP Select Mini 3D Printer V2.

    The folks at Monoprice say that too often, getting a low-cost 3D printer can mean getting a box of ill-fitted parts with poorly written and incomplete documentation. You end up spending hours on the internet, searching forums and asking for help to get the printer assembled and operating properly. Monoprice operates differently and their MP Select Mini 3D Printer V2 is a perfect example! This 2nd generation model printer not only comes fully assembled, it has already been calibrated at the factory. All you have to do is perform a quick check to verify that the print bed is still leveled, in case it shifted during shipping, then load the included microSD card, load some filament, and start printing the preloaded model. Nowhere else will you find a 3D printer ready to print out of the box at such a low price! Other features include Insulated and heated built plate with pre-installed build mat, Nozzle cooling fan and main board cooling fan, and accessory kit with all-metal nozzle, Wi-Fi, microSD card, USB connectivity, and 3.7" IPS color screen. Tech Specs: 4.7" x 4.7" x 4.7" Build Area / Resolution: 100 microns (0.1mm) / Filament Diameter 1.75mm /Speed 55mm/sec / Connectivity Wi-Fi, microSD™ card, USB / Printable Materials ABS & PLA / Windows and Mac compatible. Compatible with Cura, Repetier, and other software $219.99. Watch the video of this week's show to learn a little about an even lower-priced 3-D Printer model coming August, 2017.  

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/yENZJQ8d-ks

     

    Company website page: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=21711

    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/