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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.

    Friday
    Jun022017

    Where's my smart phone? Oh, it's on my head!

    Instead of a tripod or a selfie stick, you can carry your smart phone on your head with Clip-A-Phone. With places like Disneyland banning selfie sticks, this is a good alternative. Just place the clip on your favorite cap, insert your phone into the clip and secure it with the strap. Then use the included Bluetooth shutter to record photos or video. The company says this: “Clip-A-Phone provides you with a simple solution to use your smart phone and mount it to your hat. Your head provides the most stable platform for taking pictures from the first person view or recording video as your body naturally stabilizes your head in relation to your moving physical environment. Parents have also found it useful for recording their child's sporting events, birthday parties and even their babies first steps all while keeping their hands free!” And now back to me. I put my Galaxy S5 on my Clip-A-Phone and it fit after I adjusted the strap to it's largest size, so I doubt if the new 'big' phones will fit. Check the company website. Also on the Galaxy S5, the app worked my camera shutter perfectly, but was wonky trying to stop & start the video function. Price is under $20.  

    http://www.clipaphone.com/

    As of 6/2/17 there was a special at the company website. Two clipaphones, plus two baseball caps for $29.99, plus S&H. 

    https://clipaphone.com/collections/special-web-offers/products/clip-a-phone-2-pack-w-free-hats 

    Friday
    May262017

    How High Can A High Chair Go?

    At The NYC Baby Show I saw the impressive Bloom Fresco Chrome High Chair. The spokesperson said it is the world's highest baby chair. And by highest they were talking about tray height, which is 36". That means the baby's tray height will at the same level as a breakfast bar an adult might eat at sitting on a stool. There's a 3-position recline system; fully lie-flat newborn cradle, semi recline and upright seat. Easy up/down height adjustment allow baby to join the family at the dining table or the modern breakfast bar. So it should be usable starting from birth, all the way to school age (which they give as 8 years old). In cradle mode a newborn baby is up from the ground where parents and baby are able to experience all important eye-to-eye contact. Other features include a removable click-in/click-out aluminum safety bar designed for use in all 3 recline positions. A 5 point safety harness with padded shoulder straps & bloom smart buckle, childproof release. A super-sized, scratch resistant & anti-slip adjustable feeding tray & second smaller play tray made from FDA food grade plastic & stainless steel parts that are removable & dishwasher safe. A removable reinforced aluminum footrest with 3 adjustable height positions. But wait, there's more! Large, scratch free wheels concealed in base for easy movement. Minimum weight recommendation is 5 pounds and the maximum is 79 pounds. After reading all that you know this innovative high chair is not inexpensive. It ranges from about $450 to $850 with all the bells and whistles. But if you can use it for eight years, even the most expensive model is just a bit above a $100 a year.

    Www.bloombaby.com

    Saturday
    May202017

    Is this battery good? And where are my 9V batteries?

    This gadget can answer both those questions if you use it correctly!

    Do you throw batteries in drawers, or a box, or anyplace where they can touch each other. Watch this week's show to see what can happen when you do that. While browsing through Amazon, I found this gadget: No more searching for batteries in your junk drawers or cupboards - this Ohuhu® Battery Storage Case keeps all your spare batteries organized and easy to see. This Battery Organizer holds up to 72 batteries with a handy removable battery tester lets you quickly see if a battery still holds a charge. Also, its compact size allows you to hang it on a wall or slide it into a drawer or on a shelf for easy access. Never hunt through your clutter for batteries again with this Ohuhu® Battery Organizer! ---- That sounded good to me, so I bought one. I like it! And you might too. Watch this week's show to see it, or here's a direct link to the video we shot. It's gone up a buck since we shot the video, but it's still a nice deal at $10.99 (as of 5/20/17) and Amazon Prime, so free 2-day shipping for Prime Members.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/xbL3Z3DwmOc 

    Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oAgWlI 

    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)

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