InFocus keeps coming out with new versions of its Kangaroo brand mini-Windows 10 computers. At CES 2017 I saw the newest addition, the Kangaroo Notebook. It's a way to keep your personal and family computer activities separate. Or parents and kids computer use separate. And I'm talking about really separate, like each having their very own removable Kanagroo Mini stick. Yes, the Kangaroo’s Notebook comes as a package with two modular PC Minis that can be swapped in and out of the laptop dock. Each mini is a self-contained PC running Windows 10. Inside, the modules are 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC flash storage, and a quad-core 1.44GHz Intel Atom “Cherry Trail” x5-Z8350. There's also an SD card slot on each mini which accepts cards up to 512GB.The dock offers an HD 11.6-inch display (max resolution of 1366 x 768),full keyboard, trackpad, battery, webcam, microphone, speakers, and two USB ports, one 2.0 and one 3.0. While 2GB of RAM is not much, it works fine as long as you understand this notebook is for basic computing chores, web searching, viewing videos, but not video editing or intense video gaming. Suggest retail is $299.99, but this weekend - 1/14/17 it's on sale for $269.99 thru Monday 1/16/17.
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.
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Wearable technology was one of the buzz words at CES 2017. I saw a lot of – probably more than a dozen – fitness bands, but I saw only one wearable airbag. That's right an airbag designed for those who race cars, ride fast bikes, ski, horseback ride, etc. and are looking a way to protect themselves from a nasty fall or accident. A French company In&Motion has been providing technology to professionals for years, but now they want to bring it to a much wider market. They've done testing in the field with thousands of people in Europe and now they're looking for 500 volunteers in the US. The wearable airbag looks like a warm, padded vest, but it's embedded with sensors and predictive algorithms so it can anticipate a crash. If it does, it can deploy in than 0.1 second to help prevent critical body damage. Assuming the jacket itself is not badly damaged, you can swap out the used gas cartridges and be ready for the next spill. There are different versions for different sports and it's available in different sizes and colors. One of the spokespeople at the In&Motion booth said it would cost about $800, a small amount when you consider it could save your life. To get more info, and to fill out the form to enter being a test subject, visit
You may own a clothes washer & a clothes dryer, but I bet you don't own an automatic clothes folder.
If you own a home, a washer and dryer is most likely standard equipment. They makes two jobs pretty easy. But then comes folding the clean clothes, not a particularly hard job, but a boring, time consuming one. Well now (or soon) they'll be something new to help with that! The name of the American company is FoldiMate, so that gives you a pretty good idea of what their product does. At three-feet-high this robotic folding machine is probably not good for appartments, but perfect bigger families who have space, or even a dedicated laundry room. The company says the FoldiMate will take crumpled shirts, tops and trousers and not only fold them, but help them look neater with a bit of steam to get rid of wrinkles. This isn't inexpensive, and is is expected to cost between $700 and $850. Considering it's said to take only ten seconds to fold each item and that it can fold 15 to 20 pieces of clothing and deliver it at the bottom of the machine, neatly piled up, it could be worth it. (Evidently this company is not brand new in this area and have been making a commercial version for the past few years, so it makes sense for them to bring their know how to the home market.
https://www.foldimate.com/ (There's a video on their website, or here:)
The Aukey Rechargeable Folding Lamp is a sleek portable LED desk lamp that offers 2 brightness levels with a built-in push bottom on top. It's built of a handsome aluminum alloy that's 360° adjustable for easy positioning in any situation. Great for reading, workshop, crafts, on the nightstand, etc. It has a rechargeable battery that runs for about 3 hours on a full charge. It's lightweight and low profile. It also folds flat for portability and only weighs 9.2oz; so it's ideal for travel too. Uses just 3 watts of power but generates 150 lumens of light. It ships with a USB Charging Cable and a hanging Mount. Add an optional AC to USB plug and you can run it from wall power too. It's $24.99 on Amazon. (As of 12/17/16)
Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/KriS9cP6CEM
Better than a trip to the dentist? That will be for you and your friends to decide. SPEAK OUT is the only game I ever remember seeing that comes with a device you put in your mouth to play. It's called SPEAK OUT, the game asks you to speak the phrase printed on the card will wearing one of the dental mouthpieces included with the game. Hasbro says the results are hilarious. Here's how it's played. Players are divided into two teams and the first person up must put a mouthpiece in, draw a card and try to speak the phrase without getting completely tongue-tied. Once the team guesses the phrase correctly, draw another card and keep going until the timer runs out to earn as many cards as possible. If a player passes on a card, the other team will automatically earn their passed card. After each player has taken two turns, count up each team’s cards and whoever has earned the most cards wins! The SPEAK OUT Game includes five mouthpieces, 200 double sided Content Cards, and a one-minute sand-timer. Available at major retailers. Ages 16 years & up/ Players: 4-5/ Approx. Retail Price: $19.99-$24.99 Available now. It's on Amazon with the same cover, but a different brand name for under $20 and Amazon prime.
With all my dental work you won't see me playing this game, but forunately the fun folks at Time To Play Magazine made a video to show us how it works. Show us Laurie!
TTPM Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Vz0hSQnt2I
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