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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 should you watch The Tech Guy on TWiT please stay tuned, because after the Tech Guy Show I record the Giz Giz, an hour show with videos, guest of the week, Match Game questions and more! That starts about 2:10 PM PST/ 5:10 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
    May012010

    Make really great coffee in just about a minute!

    Monday, February 15th, 2010 Netcast 1026

    Aerobie, yes the folks that make those fun-flying rings have found a way to make a good cup on the fly! There’s a picture of their AeroPress on the left. It may look a touch complicated, but using it is pretty simple. First you place the Aeropress on top of your favorite coffee mug. Then put a measured scoop of coffee into the brewing chamber and pour hot water into the grounds. (Here’s something to remember, pour the hot water slowly. The fist time I used the AeroPress the water went right thorugh and make a super-weak brew. Then I started looking at the instructions. Turns out that if you pour the water slowly, the grounds get wet and slow down the brewing process so you get a deeper, richer flavor. Now that you’ve learned how to pour the water, once it’s in the brewing chamber, use the included stirrer to mix the coffee and water for about 10 to 15 seconds. Then a few seconds later place the plunger on top of the brewing chamber and push down gently. What’s neat about this coffee maker is clean-up is quick and easy. Unlike that French Press machines with the springy-thingy on the bottom, which is difficult to clean, with this unit you just pop out the block of coffee grounds into the garbage. They refer to that block of coffee grounds as the “puck” because it does like a mini-version of one. You can make 1 to 4 cups of coffee or espresso (enough for 1 or 2 mugs). It uses a micro paper filter and I was pleased to find that they include 320 of them! And the company says if you don’t mind giving the filter a mini-rinse you can use each one 3 or 4 times. Best news is that if you buy another 320 along with the AeroPress it only adds a few dollars to the order. Now there are sorts of tips on how to brew the best coffee and a quick web search showed there are devoted fans across the world offering videos and ways to improve your coffee making techniques. It retails for $25 to $35, but our friends at ThinkGeek have it at the low end, $25.99. (No, we don’t get a commission, but they did provide a sample so we could play with it.) There’s also a video on using the Aerobie at their website here:

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/8e3a/

    Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw1026

    Friday
    Apr302010

    Like LED's? Like Keyboards that Light? This is for you!!

    Mike Herron sent me a email about an amazing customizable illuminated keyboard. He saw it at Think Geek and suggested I view the video demo. (Link below.) I spoke to Ty at Think Geek and he said the Luxeed Dynamic Pixel LED  was one of the most amazing keyboards he had ever seen. It has 430 LEDs capable of individually lighting each key in your choice of color. But wait there’s more! You can do some amazing tricks like an animated rainbow across all the keys, or if you like you can make each key light when you press it by using the “Spark” mode. There are four "preset" buttons you can use to choose between different customizable-lit skin presets. Set-up a glowing skin for your favorite game with different colors to indicate each key action... or create illuminated patterns and designs. Now the Luxeed doesn't have a tiny screen on each key like the legendary Optimus Maximus, but it's about $1250.00 cheaper! This is important if you’re looking for maximum dazzle: The Luxeed is available in black or white. The keys of the white Luxeed have a semi-transparent look and light up more brightly than the black keyboard. The black Luxeed has a stylish treatment with only the letters being illuminated. Both keyboards look the best in dim lighting of course. No driver software is necessary and it works with any OS. All the controls for setting the color of keys, modes and storing key presets are built into the hardware. Uses a standard USB connection. Keyboard Dimensions: 15" x 7.5" x 1". $139.99 for the black version  & $149.99 for the brighter white keyboard.  

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/keyboards-mice/cb22/ 

    Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw1058

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