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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.

    Thursday
    Jan252018

    At the NY Boat Show I Found A Car & A Boat - in the same vehicle!

    When I saw this rugged little car I thought it was being sold as a boat-tow vehicle. Then I saw it was an amphibious car, designed for land and sea. Here's a little backstory from the company. In 1999, WaterCar started a personal challenge to build the world's fastest amphibious vehicle. After January, 2010, when WaterCar established the Guinness amphibious speed record (60 mph / 52 knots), they began designing a vehicle to offer to the public. In 2013, the team realized their Panther model (more than 10 years in development) achieved the quality, reliability, and maintainability that allowed them to offer it for purchase. Each Panther is a custom vehicle. They encourage each buyer's active participation in the final appearance of their vehicle. The range of interior and exterior fabrics, colors, and graphics is unlimited. WaterCar's ultimate goal is to build a vehicle that is a source of enjoyment to a customer and an ongoing source of pride to the company. At the boat show I met Tim Jones. The car he had at the WaterCar booth was his own. He bought it a year ago and loves it. He became so involved with the company, he decided to help them out by brining his own car to the show and running their booth. (NY Boat Show, January 24-28 2018.) Tim said he car can do 44 mph on water. (As a boater, I can tell you, that's pretty fast.) The land speed is 55 mph. The engine is a Honda 300 hp V-6. It's a 4 speed manual transmission and it's a 2 wheel drive. Marine Propulsion is a Panther Jet. The wheels retract hydraulically for water travel. Price can be higher or lower than Tim's car depending on the hundreds of options. Tim said his cost $155,000. There's a lot more info and great photos +videos on the company website. 

    http://www.watercar.com/

     

    Company video sample: https://www.watercar.com/videos/details/249

    Saturday
    Jan202018

    A new place to put Alexa. On the ceiling!

    Alexa was everywhere at CES 2018. One place it makes sense, now that I've seen it (but not heard it) is in the new First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound. The company says this is the 1st smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm with a superior home speaker and Alexa built-in! The reason I think this is a clever idea is that you're going to install smoke/CO detectors in a lot of rooms. Since the First Alert units need a speaker to call out the emergencies, why not install a top-notch speaker and Alexa, so you can also use the unit to communicate with Alexa. That way you can have music in every room, get the weather, etc. throughout the house. They require WiFi and when one unit goes off, it sets off the other units in the house. The alarm can also alert you on your mobile phone whether or home or away. The built-in voice alerts announce the location and type of emergency. A Google Assistant version is coming too. Available soon. (This was posted 1/18/18). $249.99. A lower price version without Alexa will be coming mid-summer for under $150.00. A Google Assistant version is coming too. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/NoMbw7CSCH8

     

    Company website: https://www.firstalert.com/product/safe-sound/

    Saturday
    Jan132018

    Kodak introduces a new movie camera that uses FILM! Yes, 8mm film!

    At CES 2018, I walked by the Kodak booth and thought I saw an old Kodak Super8 camera on display. I was wrong. Yes, it was a Kodak Super8 camera, and it looked like a retro model, but it was a brand new camera that will go on sale soon. And yes, it uses Super 8mm film! Film that you shoot and mail off to Kodak just the way you did 40 or 50 years ago! Unlike the old super 8 camera, this one has a large flip-out 4-inch LCD screen. It shows what the camera is recording on the 8MM cartridge film and it flickers the way old 8MM film did when it ran through a projector. There are other modern features on this camera too, like a Micro HDMI out that will let you monitor the feed on an external monitor. There is a built-in light meter to aid with exposure setting. There's a camera settings wheel that is very reminiscent of the early iPods. The camera ships with Ricoh 6mm f1.2 lens, but it has a C-mount so professional photographers, which I think this camera is aimed at, can use others lenses they already own and love. There is no audio recorded onto the film, but the camera has a mic input and headphone monitor. Sound is recorded on an SD card using wav format. The camera makes markers on the film so can sound sync them later. The camera takes standard Super 8 50 FT cartridges, but you can shoot at 18, 24, 25 or 36 FPS. There will be an assortment of popular film types available from Kodak. Fully charged, the 7200 mAh internal battery should allow a user to shoot 10 to 12 cartridges of film depending on the film speeds you shoot at. There's a tripod mount on the bottom for the handgrip, or a tripod. Price is another thing that lets you know this is aimed at the professional market. The camera will be around $3000 (I was told $1500 to $2000 earlier in the day at CES, but later when I stopped back to ask a question, it was changed to $3000.) An 8MM cartridge of film, including processing, and a digital copy, and a copy online for you to use, will be about $100. It's expected to start shipping this spring.

    More info at Kodak:

    https://www.kodak.com/ek/us/en/Consumer/Products/Super8/default.htm?CID=go&idhbx=super8

    Friday
    Jan052018

    First the selfie-stick, then the selfie-light & now something even better.

    There are a few Led Selfie Light Rings in the marketplace, but this one from Raphycool has a great additional feature. A built-in power bank. That means if your phone is running low on battery as you're shooting pictures or videos, you can plug your device into the Selfie Ring's 1500mAh battery. The selfie clip on light has 3 levels light: Low, Medium and High. The company says it works for 12 hours on Low, 4~6 hours on Medium, and 2 hours on High when fully charged. That of course will be less if you're also using the built in battery to charge your device. This ring light contains 32 LED's so you can also clip it on a laptop, tent pole, backpack, anywhere you need additional light. It's light weight at 2.6 oz. and it small enough to put in your tote bag or larger pocket. I haven't tried it, but the company says you can also use it for reading, without disturbing others. A rubber grip on the clip helps prevent scratches to whatever you clip it to. Comes with a micro charging cable and anti-water pouch. It was under $15 on 1/6/17 on Amazon, but prices there can change without notice.

    http://amzn.to/2m1ZuT4

    Saturday
    Dec162017

    ZipSnip won't let those pesky thick plastic clam-shell packages drive you crazy trying to open them!

    When scissors can't cut it, these can. The multi-purpose 4V cordless ZipSnip cuts cardboard, rubber, plastic and more. I tried it on a clamshell package and it works great, keeping hands and fingers out of harm’s way. The blade operates at 260 rpm (no load) and its maximum cutting thickness is ¼ in. The ergonomically designed cutter is constructed of high-impact nylon resin with a comfortable mold grip. The tool’s trigger is an integrated part of the handle with a top-mounted lock-out switch for added safety. The cutter has a built-in charging port that brings the tool to a full charge in five hours. An LED indicator on the tool’s body lights when the battery is fully charged. The lithium-ion battery can maintain a charge for several months. The self-sharpening blade is replaceable for about $5. Price? It was as low as $24.99 on Amazon. As of 12/16/17 it was $44.99! As of 12/16/17 best price I saw was Home Depot at about $34.97.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/yiS4uW1xxaU

    Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/2ktLC70

    Cheaper at Home Depot as of 12/16/17

    Company link: http://www.worx.com/