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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.


    When this clock stops running, don't reach for new batteries; but add water!

    Bedol Water Powered Alarm Clocks really do their part to reduce our carbon footprint by running on tap water alone! When they first arrived I filled the reservoir with water wondering if this really could be possible. With seconds, the digital clock started running. Amazing. There are three versions of the water clock. I showed the Smiley, the largest of the three. It has the largest water tank, and when filled can run up to sixteen weeks or more on just plain tap water! (They don't recommend using bottled water.) Just refill the water reservoir when you see it running low through the translucent case. The smaller Water Droplet (not shown here) retails for $29 and is available in four colors. The newest eco-friendly Bedol Water Alarm is the Smiley (shown here) and it’s available in six colors: Red, green, orange, blue, yellow and charcoal. You have to remember that aActual operation times will vary depending on the content of local tap water. But when it runs low, power is as close as your sink. How does it work? The clock’s power plant employs the ions in water to generate electrical current.  Each clock features a daily or hourly alarm and easy to set 12 hour or 24 hour clock.

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    This is the easiest to use travel clock I've found so far!


    It’s the new Moshi Voice Control Travel Alarm Clock. Pushing a button and then just giving a command sets the time of day and alarm time on this small travel alarm clock. A while back we did the Moshi Talking Clock for the home. This travel alarm clock is better. You push a button on the top of the clock and give a command. You can say things like “set time”, “set alarm”, even “temperature”.  The last thing you want to do when you arrive jet-lagged at your destination is try to futz with those confusing hotel alarm clocks or automated wake-up calls. With the Moshi VC Travel Alarm Clock simply say, "Set Alarm…7:30 AM” and wait for confirmation voice. Then you can fall asleep with ease. Something I really like happens when the alarm goes off in the morning. You don’t have to touch a button, just say “snooze” and go back to sleep for another nine minutes! It’s available in four different color options and it’s priced reasonably at $24.95.

    Hear the Netcast Leo &  I did on this program:  

    Here's the link to show we did on the large size Moshi Talking Clock. You set the large clock by waking it up with "Hello, Moshi". I like the travel clock better, when you wake it by pushing a button. The bigger clock would sometime come on and start talking about it heard a phrase on the radio or TV!


    Let there be light! No, let there be LED light!

    CCrane introduced the first 60-watt direct replacement LED bulb about four years ago, the GeoBulb. It cost more than $100! But now the price has dropped to $39.99. (Don’t forget the first CFL bulbs were about $30!) The GeoBulb is the same size as a conventional incandescent bulb suitable for direct replacement in any indoor open fixture. It puts out more light than a standard 60-watt bulb but uses less than 8 watts. That’s about 45% less than even CFL bulbs. Also LED bulbs are instant on/off. They don’t take time to reach full brightness. The newest bulb, the GeoBulb3 is built for long lasting durability. It’s the first bulb built to last for about 50,000 hours! It just may be the last bulb you’ve ever have to buy. And you’ll be using just 8 watts of electric instead of 60. That can really offset the price of the bulb. As with CFL bulbs, as people start using them more and more, sales will increase and the prices will drop further and faster. Right now GeoBulbs are not dimmable. Part of the problem is that most dimmers don’t go down to zero watts. So while an incandescent bulb may appear to be off when totally dimmed, a super efficient LED bulb like the GeoBulb would stay on! Available in soft and warm white. Learn more here: 


    Monster Cable adds another gizmo to their Outlets to Go series. 

    It’s their Outlets To Go 3 Laptop.  Whether you’re traveling across town, or to the other side of the world, there’s nothing worse than getting to your hotel or meeting room and not having enough power outlets for all your electronics. Outlets to Go 3 Laptop comes to the rescue. It easily fits in a small bag or laptop case. To help make it compact, it has a fold-out plug that can be used with 110 or 220 volt outlets. (But you’ll need to use your own adapter plug when using a 220 volt outlet.) Once plugged in you’ll have 3 AC outlets – 2 on one side of the device and 1 on the other side in case you have to plug in bulky transformer plugs. But wait, there’s more! There are also two built-in rapid-charging high-power USB port to charge your portable devices like cell phones, cameras, etc. Something else I like is that the Outlet To Go 3 Laptop also has a mini LED light which indicates the outlet you’ve plugged it into does have power. It's also great if you want to share that single outlet at the airport with friends or co-workers.  The list price is $29.95  But if you do a web search at Amazon, you can find for Under $22. I haven't shopped at place below, but it does have the lowest price I could find at the time. (9/2/2010)  

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    Even if you can't play the guitar, you'll be able to "play" this one!

    Paper Jamz from WowWee were a big hit at Toy Fair earlier this year and WowWee expects them to be a big hit for the holiday season. Paper Jamz are almost paper-thin musical instruments that provide kids with the thrill of being a rock star. What makes these guitars really unique; besides the fact they’re only about 1” thick, is that they’re string-less! Huh? Then how do you play them if they’re string-less? Turns out the printed design on guitar is touch-sensitive. Just strum or tap the circuit-embedded paper to get all the sounds a professional musician. Well, sort of the sounds of a professional musician. I managed to make it sound really awful. But in demo mode, you can play one of three actual rock hits. Here’s the scoop: There are six guitars and six drums sets to choose from. Each one offers 3 different songs. There’s also a cardboard amplifier so your kids can form their own rock band, hopefully in the basement or out in the garage. There are three play modes for the guitars and drums: Perfect Play lets you play perfect guitar to the three hits embedded in the guitar. Rhythm mode lets you control the guitar rhythm for each song. And Freestyle lets you play real chords or drum beats. WowWee says you can create your own songs – just like real instruments. And for the drums … well, you just bang away in time with the music. But wait, there’s more!! There’s also a karaoke function that allows players to mute the vocals, drums or backing tracks to really hear themselves “go off”! The instruments and amp are all battery-powered. Each guitar is $24.95 or under, while the drum set and amp each sell for $14.95. WowWee says the Paper Jamz are suitable for 8-12 year olds. But adults will play with them too. For a while anyway. 

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