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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
    Dec092016

    Remember one of the 1st electronic games, Simon?

    Well Simon is back in a new techie version called SIMON AIR. In the new incarnation, classic SIMON game play gets a modern twist with touch-free technology! You can play alone or team up with a friend and work together. You have to remember the sequence, repeat the pattern to conquer the game. The game senses every hand motion and registers correct sequences. Keep winning and the speed and levels keep increasing with double moves, swoop moves, and even moves that light up all four lights! If the pattern is repeated incorrectly, a buzzer will sound and signal the end of the game. The player with the highest score is the winner! Three “AA” batteries required, demo batteries included. Available at most major retailers nationwide. Retail is $19.99. It's here on Amazon for under $15 and Amazon Prime as of 12/9/16:

    http://amzn.to/2feaCYl 

    My head hurts just from reading the instructions, so here's Laurie from Time To Play Magazine to give you a demo: 

    TTPM Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hqH7GjExUQ

     

    Friday
    Dec022016

    Love VR? Meet another 2017 CES Innovation Awards Honoree....

    If you're a gamer, and even if you're not, you probably know the name MSI. They're famous for building high-powered, high tech, high concept computers. At CES they unveiled their VR One, a VR­ready wearable gaming powerhouse. It's the world’s thinnest and lightest VR backpack PC. "The VR One ushers the future of VR gaming by delivering superb performance in a truly mobile way, whether you prefer immersing yourself on a desk or completely untethering from wires,” says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. The VR backpack PC weighs only 7.5 lbs. Powered by a unique cooling system to prolong gaming sessions, it comes with swappable batteries, eliminates cables and chords, and is now available to deliver a truly wireless VR experience. Other features include: Windows 10 - Latest 6th Generation Intel® Core i7-6820HK processor - VR Ready graphics with NVIDIA GeForce® GTX1070 or GeForce® GTX 1060 - Directional cooling - Powerful personalization and customization with the Dragon Center application - 360° virtual surround sound powered by Nahimic - Networking with Killer DoubleShot Pro -Thunderbolt 3 certified. There are two models. One at about $2000 & the other about $2300.  

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/nVLICTqzEA4

     

    Company website VR info: https://us.msi.com/Laptop/VR-One.html#hero-overview

     

    The new Trident models also shown in the video are here: https://us.msi.com/search/trident/product/1

    Friday
    Dec022016

    Meet Wowwee's COJI

    Kids as young as four can learn to code with the COJI Robot. COJI gets its name from Coding with Emojis. It's the new coding robot pal where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) comes together to teach children basic programming skills using the “language” of visual emojis. Kids will have fun testing their problem- solving skills and playing games with their new robot friend. They use the free app on any smart device to control COJI’s actions. As you'll see in the video, Bluetooth is used to send a child's commands to COJI to follow. COJI also reacts to physical stimulation such as tilting and shaking. He comes with an LCD screen, dynamic sounds and thousands of animations. It’s coding and learning fun with a smile(y)! MSRP $59.99 It's for kids 6 & up, although in the video we shot the spokesperson person says kids 3 & 4 can enjoy the basic commands. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/bKLZE3_D444

    It's on Amazon for about $37.00 (as of 12/2/16) here:

    http://amzn.to/2gxlW5E

     Company Website: http://www.wowwee.com/

    Friday
    Nov252016

    New Vizio Smart Cast offer Ultra HD and HDR

    VIZIO continues to drive the lower price end of the Ultra HD market with incredible value display units. The new VIZIO SmartCast M-Series Ultra HD HDR Dolby Vision Home Theater Display is a perfect example. I have the 50” Model D1. It's part of the VIZIO SmartCast collection which means Google Cast is built-in. It comes with two remotes. The small bare bones remote just gives you basic on/off, volume up/down, and input selection. But you also get a 6” Android tablet remote. You can find and view videos, movies, etc. on the tablet and if you like, hit the “cast” icon to have them move onto to your M-Series Ultra HD screen. Leo Laporte, The Tech Guy recommends buying TV's that are HDR equipped, and this VIZIO unit does feature High Dynamic Range. I haven't tried it yet, but you can search for movie and more via voice using the VIZIO SmartCast app that comes pre-installed on the 6" Android tablet remote. The tablet is perfect as a remote, but you can't do a too more with it because it only comes with 8Gb Storage and you can't add more. However the tablet screen offers a 720p HD picture so you can take it watch videos anywhere you have your WiFi signal. So you never pick up the remote table and find it needs a charge, you also get a charging dock that doubles as a tablet stand. Just putting it on the stand starts the charging. But wait, there's more. You can play games on your big VIZIO screen while using your mobile tablet screen as a game controller. The display offers four HDMI ports to connect Cable/Satellite boxes, Bluray/DVD players, Gaming Consoles and Computers. You can even use the virtual keyboard on the tablet to name the inputs. Be aware though this is what VIZIO calls a Tuner-Free Display. Since most households today stream or watch live TV from cable and satellite boxes which don't require a tuner, you probably won't care. But if you use an external antenna to watch free local channels, you will need to get a separate tuner adapter to connect your antenna to your display. The price is ridiculously low, especially when on sale, which is often. MSRP $849.99. Black Friday weekend 11/25/16, it was at many stores and the company website $599.99, incuding shipping. (It was still that %599.99 price on the Vizio website when I checked on 11/27/16. Otherwise I've seen it quite often for $699.99. 

    https://www.vizio.com/blackfriday/m50d1.html 

    Saturday
    Nov192016

    USB Cables That Can Be Inserted Right-side or Upside-Down.

    EnacFire Reversible PowerLine[2-Pack] Premium Micro USB Cable Fastest Charging Flash Data Syncing Tensile Tested Nylon Cord Braided Cover Velcro Strap Arranged(Red)

    Reversible USB cables --- both ends ---- USB-A and the micro-USB side can be plugged in and it won't be the wrong way. It's about time!

    You get two cables -- a one foot and a five foot cable and even a little black velcro strap to hold them. They're under $10. I like the red nylon cover and reinforced ends. There are cheaper versions on Amazon, a couple of which I also bought, but I liked these better.

    They're here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fyTIob

    If you don't like red, I also bought these. They also look very well made but are a bit more expensive, $12.99 for two - as of 11/19/16. http://amzn.to/2guUkjb 

    And I bought these too! Yes, I wanted to see what different prices brought. With these you get three black USB reversible cables, but they don't seem as well made as the others. However, they are under $8 for 3 different sizes, as of 11/19/16 http://amzn.to/2g5k8xh