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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
    May062017

    A Small White Noise Machine With Big Features.

    The LectroFan Micro adds a lot of features if you're looking for white noise machine. This one is actually great for travel! It has a built in battery and Bluetooth! Charge the battery and the Micro can provide 10 UNIQUE SLEEP SOUNDS: 5 fan sounds, 4 white noises, and one ocean - for up to 16 hours. (It doesn't say which ocean, but I guess they all sound pretty much the same.) Pair it up with your Bluetooth device and you can stream your music through it for up to 8 hours. And your music will sound a heck of a lot better than your smart phone speaker, and probably better than your laptop speaker too. Listen to videos and movies playing on your computer through this device, even though this one is tiny. But wait there's more! Give a little twist and the built in speaker stands up so it can face the direction you want. For travel, twist it down and the Micro lives up to it's name, it's small. The price is good too. It's just about $35.00 on Amazon as of 5/6/17.  http://amzn.to/2mTpBgC  

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/PIE4qdOpjHc  

    Friday
    Apr282017

    Tired of screwing?

    Okay, so that silly headline was just to get you to read this. But wait, this is interesting! The new WORX SD SemiAutomatic Driver tool is different from other drivers on the market. It features a six slot revolving chamber that rotates screw-driving bits in and out as you pump the handle. Shift from slotted to Phillips or square recess without ever touching the bit. How? Inside the tool’s body is a rotating circular cartridge that holds six 1-inch hex-shanked bits. Slide back the magazine (cover) to advance a bit into the chamber, release, and slide the cover forward and it’s ready to drive screws. Each bit is stored in the cartridge, so no more lost or missing bits. It comes with six of the most common bits, but since 1-inch hex-shanked bits are widely available, you can customize the cartridge to meet your own needs. It's powered by a 4V Lithiumion built-in battery, which can hold a charge for up to 18 months. But wait, there's more! There's a magnetic Screw Holder feature to easy hold a screw in place as you power drive it into your project. Plus there's an LED light to illuminate the work area, plus a forward/reverse rotation button. The 1.0 lb. tool has a ¼-in. chuck, a no-load speed of 230 rpm with a maximum torque of 27 in-lbs. This is designed for light to medium projects around the house, not for heavy-duty projects. MSRP: X255L, $34.99

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/9jzVYcpqKJk

    Company Website: http://www.worx.com/

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2pvS3UB   (It was under $30 at this link on 4/28/17)

    Giz Wiz Link. Pay the same, Giz Wiz Biz gets a small amount toward buying even more stuff! Thanks.

    Friday
    Apr212017

    No Foot Rest On Your Flight? 

    No problem. You can bring your own foot rest with the

    Meyoung Airplane Foot Rest Hammock. I normally try everything I talk about on The Tech Guy, but I only learned about this gadget recently and had no airplane trip coming up. But the reviews for this are good on Amazon and one of the reviewers said they used it at home as a foot rest. That gave me an idea, why not  hang it over a TV snack table I sometimes use when I watch TV. So I tried it, and it works fine to elevate my stocking feet. It will probably work fine too on long distance trains as long as you have a place to hang it from, like a snack table built into the back of the seat in front of you. On an airplane it can hang from the snack table arms to provide a hammock-like foot rest. And unlike some other travel gadgets, it doesn't make you look dorky, because probably no one will notice. It weighs only 3 oz and folds down to about 8" X 3" X 2" inch. The company says it will relax your feet and reduce pressure on your back. I can't prove the reduce pressure on your back, but it was very comfortable for my feet. I paid $13.99 for mine on Amazon here: 

     http://amzn.to/2oglGsG

    Giz Wiz Link. You pay exactly the same as anyone else, but The Giz Wiz gets a tiny credit to buy more stuff on Amazon to demo on shows. Thank you.

    Saturday
    Apr152017

    Teach one of your hands to do up to 23 actions for you!

    We'll start with one of the strangest gadgets ever called Tapdo!

     

    Tapdo is a way to turn your hand in to sort-of remote control. Here's how the company describes it: Tapdo is a smart button that lets you control technology with single-touch, personalized biometric interactions. Using a fingerprint sensor, Tapdo allows you to assign specific functions to different parts of your fingers, to control your music, dim your smart lights, and more. Powered by Bluetooth LE and equipped with vibration feedback for a seamless, intuitive user experience, And back to me. To my mind, you need one heck of a memory to use this fully. The company says you can control up to 23 functions on each hand by touching various part of the fingers and palms to the Tapdo. Seems like alot to remember to me although you can help by selecting a finger for a device. Like choosing one finger to be your "music finger". Parts of the same finger can select songs and adjusting volume up/down. It's on Kickstarter now (4/13/17) and should be shipping final units in Fall, 2017. I was told at the show that the battery is not rechargeable, but it is replaceable and should power the Tapdo for about six months . The spokesperson at Digital Focus also said it will sell for about $108.00, which includes a belt clip and a wrist strap.

     

    Demo Kickstarter Video: http://kck.st/2mA9eWy

     

    Company website: http://www.tapdo.io/

     

    Giz Wiz w/ more info about TapDo: https://youtu.be/d37o-leDXww 

    Saturday
    Apr082017

    You Can Buy a $99 3-D Printer, Just Add You Own Smart Phone.

    ONO bills itself as the 3D Printer of the Future. Why? It's never out of date because it advances as your smartphone advances. Basically the company says you upgrade your printer every time you upgrade your phone. Where 3D printers use UV light, special ONO resins harden under visible light. That means 3D objects can be created layer by layer using your smartphone’s screen as light source. A rough estimate of the maximum size of the 3-D build is 4.72" X 2.5" X 2". The ONO app works on iOS and Android smart phones. How fast is it? It depends on the brightness of the phone, but they gave as an example an approximately 2" high 3D object could be printed in 2.5 hours, or 2 hours with a brighter display like some iPhones. Also you should be aware that print precision depends on the resolution and the contrast of your smartphone screen. Are people interested in this device? Well they raised almost $3 million between Kickstarter pledges and BackerKit add-ons, As of March 23, 2017 they started delivering finished ONO printer to its 16,000+ backers. Now ONO is available for purchase at $99 USD, while their special resins retail for $15. All products are available directly online through the store at http://www.ono3d.net/ and selected resellers worldwide. The printer supports most Android and Apple smartphones running Android 4.4+ or iOS 9+.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/LZzb0Yu8DCs

    See how the ONO printer works:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7VPUtaFAn0

    Company Website: www.ono3d.net

    Seems it started on Kickstarter as the OLO 3D Printer: 

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/olo3d/olo-the-first-ever-smartphone-3d-printer