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    The Giz Wiz is a weekly guest on The Tech Guy Show with -- who else? - The Tech Guy himself, 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
    Mar022019

    These Dolls Come With Their Own Green Screen & Media Connections!

    From Yulu Toys, makers of Watermelon Smash & Tic Tac Tongue comes The #SNAPSTAR squad. As Yulu puts it, Lola, Aspen, Izzy, Echo, Dawn and Yuki are united by their love of fashion, style, food, music and traveling! 

    In todays’ ‘tween world of YouTube and social engagement, this fresh new “social influencer” fashion doll brand is ready to connect with today’s kids in a way they can relate. What makes this squad unique: #SNAPSTAR dolls are fully articulated and poseable beyond any other fashion doll on the market. Customize the dolls with dozens of customizable styling options for hair, makeup, accessories and more with the free #SNAPSTAR Studio app for iOS or Android. Then use the unique #SNAPSTAR stand and green screen for literally countless poses and pics, without seeing the stand! ‘Tweens can turn their doll into a social media star as they pose, snap and share photos using #SNAPSTAR. The Giz Wiz adds: I think these will be big hit with the fashion dolls having their own YouTube Channel and Instagram pages. And they're under $15.00. Available only at Walmart.

    https://snapstarworld.com/ 

    Build the building of your dreams with Arckit.

    Here's the back story from Damien Murtagh, an architect and the founder of Arckit. I met him at Toy Fair where he was manning the booth himself. Damien knows the value of a physical model to explore ideas and present designs to clients. But he said traditional ‘cut and glue’ models are time consuming and expensive. Do his 'light bulb moment' came while he decided to develop a real modular building concept that would be fast and efficient. To his amazement, nothing like this existed – so he decided to invent one from scratch! It allowed him and other architects (who now buy his kits) and anybody, including kids as young as 4, to explore building designs and bring them to life quickly. No plans needed, just build with your imagination! For the more professional, the kits are based on modern building techniques and a 1.2m/4ft grid to scale. The clever ‘click and connect’ modular components make it possible to create a vast range of structures that can be quickly assembled and endlessly modified. Perfect for STEAM learning, architects, hobbyists, students and children. Kits start at about $39.95

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/m9-PULGwkmg 

    Company website: https://us.arckit.com/

    My ABC News Toy Spot for World News Now: 

    https://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/york-toy-fair-kicks-off-61207662

    ABC, (not me) may add a 30 second commercial before my spot runs.

    Saturday
    Feb232019

    Toy Fair 2019! I discover a non-Newtonian fluid & solid!

    The very first thing we saw at Toy Fair was Oobleck! What The Heck Is It? Is it a liquid? Is it a solid? Yes, it is. It's both. What I learned at Toy Fair 2019 is that Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid, meaning it acts as both a liquid and a solid. You can pound your hand on it (as you'll see on this week's show) and your fist will just bounce off it. And after you do that you can scoop it and roll it into a ball (as a solid), and then it can even ooze out of your hand (like a liquid)! Comes in a variety of colors. I jokingly asked if it could be eaten and the answer is, you probably don't want to, but you could because it's said to contains only non-toxic and washable materials. The kits will be under $10 and available in colors. But the kit was not on the company website as of 2/21/19, it's not going to be available till Summer 2019.

    Now it turns out the recipe to make Oobleck is not a secret and there are lots of recipes online. I list one below. Here's a video I found where folks walk on, or sink into Oobleck.

    Walking on Oobleck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ECCLQ7BPo

    Lots of recipes for Oobleck online - it's really simple to make it seems. Here's just one:

    https://scienceexplorers.com/what-is-oobleck/

    Company website: (It's not there yet but they have lots of fun science projects.) https://stevespanglerscience.com  

    Saturday
    Feb162019

    Meet The TV Jockstrap!

    I guess you could be sexist and call this gadget a piece of a "man's sport equipment", but actually it's for anybody who enjoys sports on TV. It's designed to mask the annoying Score Ticker at the bottom of the screen on sports channels so you won't see scores of recorded games you haven't watched yet. The company says it fits flat screens up to 75" diagonal. I'm not a sport fan, but I did want to try on my 50” Vizio 4K TV to see if it's really easy to install. And it is. The TV Jockstrap is a 2” wide stretchy black fabric that attaches using a plastic belt buckle. There wasn't too much stretchy fabric left once it was on my 50” TV, so if you do have a 75” model, it will probably be stretched to the max. However, the company says two straps may be attached together for larger flat screens. The company also says it is only sold on Amazon: $14.99

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Ebv4Ij

    Saturday
    Feb092019

    A Joby Tripod Designed For Smaller Tablets.

    Here's a useful bargain priced device that hopefully will still be at that low price when you read this! First, here's the info on the Joby GripTight Micro Stand.

     

    I recently bought the Amazon Fire 8 tablet, which I want to use on my boat to watch videos. I have a dozen stands for phones, but nothing for a small tablet. So when I got this info from BH Photo, it sounded like the ideal solution. “The black GripTight Micro Stand for Smaller Tablets from JOBY provides a compact stand for smaller tablets 3.8 to 5.5 wide with or without a case attached. (According to those specs, it won't be big enough to hold the 10" Fire Tablet.) Paired with the zinc-aluminum folding legs of the Micro Hybrid tripod this stand enables you to position your tablet in the desired viewing angle regardless of whether you're watching a movie surfing the web or setting up for a photo shoot. Tilt (degrees) +36/-36. Lightweight at 3.9 oz and with a slim profile you can easily take the GripTight Micro Stand with you.” Perfect, I bought one, not for the MSRP of $29.99, but for $7.95 with free shipping. It includes the micro tripod that I've seen selling by itself for $11 to $15.00. This deal was still $7.95 on Saturday, 2/9/19. (BH Photo is closed on Saturdays, but you should be able to order it online as I did. There's tax in NYC, but they shipped it free to me.)

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/sHqddY62ZW8  

    BH Link: https://tinyurl.com/BHPhotoJobyMicroStand

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2TD5Uru  (About $13.00 as of 2/9/19)

    Saturday
    Feb022019

    If you've fallen and can't get up --- this could help.

    This is a new gadget by Walabot, a product from Vayyar Imaging. The company says that "All Walabot devices are created to help you uncover hidden things in the world around you. Our technology is based on 3D imaging sensors that use radio frequency, rather than a camera, to see through solid surfaces and create a visual image of what’s inside." The company already makes a 3D DIY device to let see people see through walls to find wiring, pipes, etc. Walabot Home, their newest gadgets, is a 3D sensor that can “see” through walls and detect motion. It mounts on a wall and is said to be able to detect if someone has fallen and well - can't get up. When Walabot detect a motion like a fall, it will automatically place a call for help to the selected contact without the fallen person needing to push a button or even be wearing a device. So that's great for an elderly person taking a shower or a bath, especially since there is no camera needed in the room. The company says it can even can detect if someone stops breathing. Another neat feature is that a person who wants help can also just push a button on the device to summon their emergency contact. The cost is $149.99 + $4.99 a month, with the 1st 6 months free.

    http://www.walabot.com