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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
    Mar042017

    Schoenhut introduces all new digital pianos at Toy Fair

    At Toy Fair 2017 all of the new Schoenhut toy pianos introduced were digital. They make spinets, uprights, mini-baby grand, and even a twin butterfly piano that looks like a baby grand. The new line is being branded as New Tech Learning. If the name is familiar, Schoenhut has been producing toy pianos since 1872. The new line includes 25, 30, 37 and even a 61-key digital model. They range in price from about $100 to $500 or so. Every piano has a place to hold a smart phone or digital tablet to make it easy for the child to follow along as they learn. Schoenhut does not make its own app because a spokesman said they are lots of learning apps out there already. Someone else at Toy Fair said they heard of a piano learning app lets your child follow a lesson and when they're finished, it emails the parents a score showing how well the kid did. That well I guess, if your child's practicing gets to be too much, you can leave the room and still know how they did. Someone else at the Schoenhut display said that the great thing about piano apps is that they teach kids to play piano by making them think they're playing a game!

    www.toypianoshop.com

    http://www.toypiano.com   

    And with great pleasure, Schoenhut Piano Company is elated to report that March 18th 2017 is being recognized as the first ever World Toy Piano Day.

    Saturday
    Feb252017

    Boy, I wish I was a kid again! (I mean more than my brain.)

    Wow, kids are lucky these days. There are some amazing toys on the market. You probably know about go-karts, but have you heard about Smart-Karts? Activ Motors has come up with the Arrow Smart-Kart -- a fun go-kart (with many safety features) aimed at five to nine-year-old kids. Kids will not only love driving the Arrow, but they can also personalize their driving experience by downloading synthesized engine sounds. The single bucket seats boasts twin built-in speakers. The Actev App also lets kids monitor stats such as total driving time, total distance, and maximum speed. But wait, there's more! The parents can also monitor how fast the kids are driving, where they're driving and they can even limit the speed the Arrow Smart-Kart can drive at. Top speed is 12 mph and it's not designed for any public road. Another amazing feature is a crash-avoidance system. The Arrow Smart Kart is $999.95. They're ready to ride at that price, but if you want, you can add a body kit in red or silver. That retails for an additional $199.99.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/HymXJ8NJ0wM

    More info:

    http://www.actevmotors.com/

    Saturday
    Feb182017

    Lori from Shark Tank bought 33% of this company for $500,000, but you can buy one starting at about $69.99

    Biaggi makes a wide variety of folding travel bags. From a small easy-to-store pouch various versions can open up to a 31" suitcase. Biaggi says you can pack smarter and fit everything you need for an extended trip in their inventive and spacious ZipSak 31-inch MicroFold Upright. Their clever Z-fold design allows you to transform it from a compact pouch into a spacious 31-inch high rolling duffle with plenty of room for all your travel essentials. It packs and acts like conventional suitcase, but once your back home or at your destination, the ZipSack easily compresses back into the small pouch that can be hidden away. Their folded duffle for example, takes up to 80% less room than comparable bags, and weighs only 5.7 pounds! The ZipSak duffle is constructed of a tough crinkle oxford nylon fabric in a variety of trendy hues. They also feature four durable pro-velocity spinner wheels for easy maneuverability. (Watch the video to see a demo of their newest travel bag, the ZipSak expandable. It's a 22" carry-on that expands into a 28" piece of checked luggage. Those three bags in the photo, are all the same new expandable Biaggi bag called Boost. The Biaggie Boost expandable bag in the photo will be available in May. MSRP: $89.99. Other bags range in price from about $59.99 to $99.99.

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

    Company websitehttp://www.biaggi.com/

    Biaggi on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2liSOPQ

    Saturday
    Feb112017

    Ever made zoodles? How about swoodles?

    Meet the new Hamilton Beach Spiralizer

     

    The Hamilton Beach 4-in- 1 Electric Spiralizer is a way to easily transform vegetables and fruits into spirals and ribbons for nutritious and visually appetizing meals. Zoodles and swoodles are a fun and tasty way to get more good stuff into your family’s diet. (Zoodles are spiralized zucchini, swoodles are spiralized sweet potatoes.) I thought they looked delicious at the demo table, but was disappointed to learn what I thought was bacon was actually a red carrot. There are several options; from thin spirals like spaghetti to thicker spirals like linguine and fettuccini, or even ribbons. The 4-in- 1 Spiralizer is perfect for zucchini, squash, cucumbers, large carrots, potatoes and more. It comes with a 2.5” chute that fits a variety of vegetables and fruits whole. The included bowl holds up to six cups of spiralized contents and comes with a lid for easy storage of anything left over.But wait, there's more! The device comes with a cleaning brush, as well as cord storage. Plus the chute flips upside down and the cutting cones fit neatly into the bowl for compact storage. The Hamilton Beach 4-in- 1 Electric Spiralizer (Model 70935) has a MSRP: $49.99 and will be available starting April 2017 exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond. Now go eat your vegetables!

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/_ex7OV_46Z0

    Friday
    Feb032017

    From The NY International Boat Show - World Introduction of the new Sea Ray SLX 400.

    Here's what Sea Ray says about their brand new SLX 400. (I'm added my comments in brackets, like this one.) The SLX 400 was conceived as the ideal entertaining vessel for socializing with large groups of family and friends. (It can sit 16 to 20 people, but keep safety in mind.) It's marketed as ‘the Entertainer,’ because boaters will be hard pressed to find anything this boat can’t do — or store. For those into stand-up paddle boarding, you’ll find enclosed storage for two full-sized boards. Additional storage throughout the boat holds large items, towels and other belongings safely out of the fray. For entertaining there's a well-appointed wet bar with refrigerator, sink and available dual grills. The transom entertainment zone — featuring a stereo, sprayer, and comfy aft-facing seating overlooking the integral extended swim platform. The most remarkable cockpit feature is the innovative new fold-down patio, a brilliantly designed wing of the hull that opens 90 degrees to expand the cockpit all the way to the water. (This is unique, I haven't seen it before in a boat this size. The SLX 400 include Axius® joystick control, for effortless docking and maneuvering in the tightest of spaces. (I've used Sea Ray joystick control on a different 40+ Sea Ray boat and it is amazingly easy to use, especially for leaving the dock and returning.) Raymarine® 14” glass displays let you create your dashboard instrument layout. Below deck there's a private head with shower, luxury sleeping for four, flat screen TV and more. Engine options to power this beauty between 40 and 50 mph. Depending on options it can range up to the $500,000 range.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/eAPOZuFS2Sc

     

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