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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

    All The Tech Guy Labs show notes, shows & info can be found here: 

    Below are the gadgets we've talked about on the show.


    How many baby strollers have a generator to charge your smart phone? This one does!

    Every year 4Moms seems to come with some great tech to help take care of babies. The latest shown at CES is their Moxie Stroller. It's a high-tech and stylish stroller with unique features like an LCD dashboard that displays speed, distance, temperature and calories burned. Plus, of course, headlights, tail-lights, and even a smart phone charger! The company says it's compatible with their 4moms self installing car seat we showed last year, and several other models. It's suitable for a child from birth to 55 lb and offers a full coverage canopy with pop out shade and UPF 30 protection. It's said to grow with your baby: carriage, parent-facing seat, and forward-facing seat modes and 5 position adjustable handlebar. The battery is self-charging via generators in the rear wheels. Other features include dashboard bag and storage basket, cup holder, swivel locks on front wheels for rough terrain, easy one-step fold, front and rear wheel suspension. MSRP: is $699.99. 

    Giz Wiz CES Video: 

    Company website:


    A new take on a tiny keyboard from Lenovo.

    With a mini-keyboard being an important part of a 'home entertainment system' Lenovo has come to market with a very innovative product. Called the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller, it looks like a traditional mini-keyboard, but it's not. Even though this wireless device fits in your hand like so many other keyboards, you won't find a dedicated mouse pad. And why not? Because they've designed it so the entire keyboard is the touch pad. Hit the keys with your thumbs (or any fingers) to type, or run your fingers over Lenovo 500 media Controller entire surface to scroll, open and close windows, etc. But wait, there's more, Lenovo says their 500 Multimedia Controller has a larger-than-average wireless range of 65+ feet. Dimensions: 5.71" x 3.37" x 0.74". Powered by 2 AA batteries. MSRP is price is under $55.00 and it will be available from starting April 2017. 

    More info at Lenovo website:  


    Specs for the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller:


    One Dock With Keyboard & Display - Two Totally Separate PC's. ......Huh?

    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 airbag in your car can save your life. Here's one you can wear for dangerous sports.

    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. (There's a video on their website, or here:)