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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
    Apr012017

    Digi-Vina. People Thought It Was A Joke, Until Vinyl Records Came Back In A Very Big Way!

    It was about ten years ago on the Giz Wiz when we got a press release that said:

    Say “hello” to a New company called Digi-Vina.

     

    Leo & I thought vinyl was dead and this company soon would be dead too! But now ten years later, they're moving into high gear. Here's that 10 year-old press release:

     

    99.9% of all new music is released only in digital format! But what if you want a Jonas Brothers album on vinyl? You can't get it! Well thanks to Digi-Vina it doesn't matter, because now you can turn any or all of your digital music into vinyl records! I know, you're saying: "Wow, but where do I buy blank vinyl records?" You don't! You make your own vinyl records with the Digi-Vina 2.0! And you make them out of old plastic bottles! (A special blackening agent makes them look just like an old vinyl record!) Yes, instead of ending up in a landfill, the empty bottles from your dining table end up on your turntable! The Digital to Vinyl Recorder does have some downsides:

     

    We interupt that 10-year old press release to make some welcome changes. Originally the cost was high, $999, well, now it's just $499. And it used to require a 220-volt outlet, but now works on plain old 110 volts!.

     

    But the company can still can say “There has never been anything like it in the world!”

     

    Welcome to the new http://www.digi-vina.com/

    Saturday
    Mar252017

    Did I take my pills? And how many hours ago did I take them?

    If you take pills, or even vitamins, those are probably questions you've asked yourself often. Well, here's an innovative way to help you keep track of when you last took your medications and vitamins. Called Timer Caps, they have a built-in stopwatch that keeps track of exactly how much time passed since it was last opened. The company says it boosts medication adherence by more than 33%. Instead of wondering if you took your pills or not, you'll know just by looking at the cap. It’s easy to use, with NO alarms to program or buttons to press. The patented timer works like an automatic stopwatch, every time you open the cap, the timer resets to zero. When you close the cap, the timer starts counting UP again displaying exactly how many hours and minutes have passed. Some Timer Caps convert between child resistant and non-child resistant. There is a wide variety of Timer Caps and prices. You can get them as low as about $4+ in quantities. The link below takes to the Amazon page that shows many choices. 

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2muVSfp

     

    Company website: https://timercap.com/

    Saturday
    Mar182017

    A White Noise Machine With Twenty Sound Choices.

    Meet The LectroFan Sound Machine.

    I can't resist those 'deal of the day' sales. So even though I already have two White Noise Machines, I bought a third one. I liked this one because it's advertised as having 'Unique, steady, non-looping sound". Here's how the company describes it: “Lectrofan sound is not just a recording. It has been developed through a proprietary algorithm that dynamically generates unique non-repeating sounds. This steady stream of sound eliminates the distracting looping that is common among many competing brands.” --- The model that was on sale was the LectroFan international model that features plugs for the US, UK and EU. These plugs can be used with the LectroFan or any USB device. This model features 10 white noise options, 10 fan sounds, and a 60-minute sleep timer, or on-all-night switch. Although the normal price is $59.99. I paid $35 the day it was on sale.  

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/vlO6P-8lusI

    The International Lectro Fan 20 Sound Machine: http://amzn.to/2n45Pjb 

    In doing some research, I don't think you need 20 different white noise sounds to choose from. So for about $36.00 you can get the LectroFan Jr. White Noise Sound Machine with 6 Fan and 6 White Noise Sounds plus 18 Nursery Rhyme Songs. This might be great if you have a baby or a young tot.  

    http://amzn.to/2mTppOq   

    Or I think this is even better for travelers in U.S.: LectroFan - Micro, Wireless Sound Machine. This one has a built in battery and Bluetooth! So it can be portable and on trips you can play your music through it via Bluetooth from your phone, tablet, etc. And it's just about $35.00 on Amazon as of 3/16/17. 

     

    http://amzn.to/2mTpBgC   

     

    Giz Wiz Links. You pay exactly the same as everyone else but Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff for the show. So thank you if you decide to do that. 

    Saturday
    Mar112017

    Turn wine into wine that taste like more a expensive wine.

    That's what the folks at the Eparé Pocket Wine Aerator booth says. You can use their device to enhance the flavor and finish of wine by releasing its natural bouquet. Just push the button, and watch the aerating motor create tiny air bubbles which rapidly introduce oxygen into the wine, freeing its tertiary aroma. The heightened aroma enriches each glass’ flavor, completing your wine experience. It accommodates all styles of wine, with 3 aeration settings, and it's small enough to store in your pocket. (Take it to a restaurant, bar, even a picnic too.) Aerate your glass on demand in as little as 15 seconds. The website says you can make a $10 bottle of wine taste like a $30 bottle in as little as 15 seconds. I feel cheated. Eugene at the booth said I could make a $10 wine taste like a $20 win. So where did the other $10 go? The Eparé Pocket Wine Aerato has three different settings (White, Red, and Port) which lets the user customize the aerating experience. The aerator measures 6" long, 1" tall and 1 ¼" wide, and weighs just 3 oz. Under $20. I know very little about wine, and only like very sweet wine. I did a several taste tests with my spouse. Out of 8 tries, I guessed the Aerated wine every time. My spouse guessed the Aerated wine only half the time, actuallly prefering the unaerated wine as tasting more full-bodied.  

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/SIsUBb5wMfU

     

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

     

    Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2kv6slP

    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.