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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

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

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


    Kids can learn how to code as they play with flashing LED lights!

    Kano's fun new Pixel Kit lets kids learning coding through bright, moving LED lights. They can build their own games, animations, and art. Kano says: Open the box, pop out the pieces. Buttons, board, battery, and more. Build the Pixel Kit step by step, page by page, just like Lego. Connect to your computer and download the Kano App. Step-by-step challenges show you how to learn code. Connect blocks and see the effects instantly. Simple for beginners, expansive for experts. Build your own games. Create characters, make them run and jump. Add logic and scoreboards. Make animations frame-by-frame. Play with 16 million colors. You can also bring sound to life. With the built-in microphone make lights dance to music, bounce to beats or speak when you speak. $79.99 with free shipping at the company website. (More expensive on Amazon.)

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    Company demo video:


    Pixel Kit $79.99 on company website: (Cheaper than on Amazon as of 9/14/17)


    Ever hear of a gadget that's been around for 11 years and still available?

    It's the Griffin PowerMate USB control knob. It's was brand a new gadget  when Leo talked about it on The Giz Wiz Show in 2006. But guess what? It's now 2017, eleven years later and it's still available for sale! Plus there's a new Bluetooth version. First here's an explanation of what it does from Griffin: It spins like a knob. It clicks like a mouse. But it's so much more. You can use PowerMate USB to edit home movies, or scroll through long documents, or create your next audio masterpiece. How can PowerMate USB be this cool? Because it's an assignable controller that you can program to do anything you want, in any application. You can quickly and easily program it to execute any Key Command, in any application.  

    Must have one too? It's under $40 on Amazon (As on 9/16/17):  

    And guess what? Obviously there's call for the Powermate USB button because Griffin has a newer Bluetooth version. It still has that neat tech-looking blue glow but it was almost $60 on 9/16/17.

    It's here:


    More than just a plain selfie-stick.

    From Movo Photo comes The Movo Smartphone Video Rig with Stereo Microphone, Grip Handle, & Wrist Strap. (It's also available without the microphone kit  for under under $30.) This kit is designed to improve the production value of your smartphone video by letting you add mics, lights, a tripod, etc. So it's perfect for live-streaming, vlogging, interviews, performances, etc. (There are three female 1/4" threads for mounting accessories and tripod.) Also an integrated cold shoe mount microphone & lights. I like this device, even though I think it has a couple of short-comings. I wish the handle was a bit longer and even more I wish there was an LED light to tell you the mic was on, but all else seems good. The universal mounting clamp fits smartphones 2.2" to 3.6" wide including the iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy Note. Movo says their easy to grip padded handle (removable) assists with stabilizing your video, but there's no gimbal or anything else to assist you. An adjustable wrist strap provides a sense of security by preventing accidental drops. The Stereo Microphone has a selectable 90° or 120° pickup pattern and a frequency response of 35-20k Hz, Signal to Noise: 74dB according to Movo. And there's a level too. The kit also includes a foam & a furry windscreen. The mic kit is just under $57.00 and it's Amazon Prime.


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    Amazon link: (Kit w/microphone)  ($56.95 Price as of 9/7/17)


    The Movo PR-1 Smartphone Grip Handle - WITHOUT A MICROPHONE KIT, is $29.95 here. (Price as of 9/7/17)


    Carry Water And Pills Just About Anywhere.

    This neat little gadget is called Port O Pill. And the company boasts: Pills + Water / Anytime, Anywhere! Never get caught without water or medication again. Leak-resistant, refillable container. Now the company says “Holds up to 10 pills” but that will surely depend the kind of pills, but I don't think that's important. Changes are you'll carry this with just the pills you need for one day. Carrying only 1.5 ounces of water, it meets FAA plane rules for carry-on liquids. It's small enough for backpack, purse, glove box, and maybe a pocket if you're wearing cargo pants. BPA Free and top rack dishwasher safe. There are only 14 reviews on Amazon, but it got 3.7 stars out of 5. And it's inexpensive at $5.20 and it's Amazon Prime.

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    Amazon Link:


    Got ice? We do!

    If you live in a small apartment, you probably have a small refrigerator and that means not much ice. Well the Rosewill Compact Countertop Ice Makercan solve that problem. We bought one on Amazon and put it to the test. The first ice cubes appeared in about 8 minutes. They're more like ice-shaped bullets' that are hidden at the center. You start the process by pouring water into the unit and selecting 'large or small' cubes. It makes the cubes in little batches and takes like an hour or more to fill the small ice tray. But they chill drinks quickly and don't get stuck together when sitting in the ice tray. Since this is not connected to a water supply it's perfect for a small RV, boat, kitchen, etc. It just needs a 110V outlet that accepts a 3-prong plug. The case is mostly stainless steel with the rest what looks like a very decent plastic. The company says it's able to make 26.5 lb of small or large bullet-shaped ice cubes every 24 hours. It also has automatic stop producing function, when it senses the ice tray is full. The integrated storage bin holds 1.54 lb of ice. Price is all over the place. I saw 4 different prices on Amazon alone, so we bought it the lowest we saw there: $109.99 including tax and shipping. Warrantees are often a waste of money, but a four year one for just $14 seemed like a good deal – just $3.50 a year, so we bought that too. And now that we see the moving parts in the ice maker, we're glad to have a four year warrantee.

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    Rosewell is a brand from NewEgg, so check for price too. Sometimes it's on sale for $10 less than Amazon, sometimes $20 more than Amazon the few times I checked.


    UPDATE! 8/29/17 - Woke up to no ice, just water in the machine. Unplugged it, emailed the company and within two hours they said it could be returned for a full refund. They emailed me a return label. Just for laughs, I plugged it back in. It's been making ice ever since. Since I have two weeks to return it, I'm watching it carefully, but will probably return it anyway. UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: Decided to return it while the offer of a full refund was in effect. Amazon even returned the money I paid for the warantee since I returned the ice maker within two weeks of telling them I had a problem. Will buy another one, but going to do some more research first.