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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.

    Friday
    Apr012011

    A 'cool' Bluetooth gadget you may not know about! 

    iGrill is Bluetooth enabled. Why? Let's say you're cooking meat for company. It's a drag trying to entertain when you have to keep excusing yourself to check on how the grilling is going. With the iGrill you can check how things are cooking via your iPhone or iPad Touch using Bluetooth! The company says their device is the first Bluetooth and App enabled grilling device on the market today. It consists of the iGrill Thermometer with Projection Display and Probe, and the iGrill App for iPod, iPhone, & iPad. It tells you the status of food via long range Bluetooth up to 200 feet away! The unit ships with one probe, but you can add a second one if you want to monitor two different kinds of meat as they cook. Available in white and now also in black. In addition, skins will be available in a variety of colors and styles to express your individual mood. Available through Apple Stores & iGrill Site for $99.99. An additional probe is $19.99. You can order them as a set for $114.99.

    www.igrillinc.com

    See or hear a Netcast on this gadget: www.twit.tv/dgw1283

    Saturday
    Mar262011

    Like to own a boat, but have no place to dock it? 

    The EzyBoat is like a clamshell flip phone, it folds in half! It’s hinged at the center, and when it’s folded it actually becomes its own trailer with room inside for all your gear, including the engine. But wait, there’s more! The trailer for your boat is built into the bottom. When you want to launch the boat, unhitch it from your car, unlock the boat halves and unfold them. The backbone of the trailer doubles as a reinforcement to prevent the boat from folding when in use. The company says it can cruise at about 14 mph with a 20hp outboard. Top speed is about 23 to 24 mph. It's rated for outboards up to 25 HP, but it can run with outboards as small as 2.5 HP. The EzyBoat is not designed for big, open water or waves, but it’s great for lakes and exploring inland waterways. Another advantage of this boat is that a small car can tow it. Because your trailer travels with you, you can launch the boat from the beach or a boat ramp. Once the boat floats, you do something most boaters will never do: retract the trailer wheels up into the hull. (The hardware and handle to do this are built in.) If you don’t want an outboard, you also have your choice of sail (the company offers a complete optional sailing kit), or for a great workout, you can just row, row, row your boat. When your trip is over just re-folded your EzyBoat and head for home. Even though the company says you can exit the water at a different spot from where you started, you still have to have someone come meet you with the tow vehicle. The price in the US should be in $12 to $13,000 range w/o an outboard engine or sail kit.

    www.ezyboat.com

    See or hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw1296

    Saturday
    Mar192011

    Small laptops are great, but their small sound isn’t.

    When you get a small laptop, you won’t get big, decent sound. There’s really no way around that because tiny laptop cases have no room for decent speakers. The way around it is of course is to just add optional speakers. That’s okay desktop use, but not for the road. Enter the folks at Edifier. They have an easy solution to getting decent sound in a tiny package. It’s their Sound To Go micro speaker system. Well maybe it’s a touch bigger than micro at 10 ½ inches wide, 1 ½” inches high and 1 ¾” deep. It’s USB powered and has a 3.5mm auxiliary input port for listening to music from non-computer device like your MP3 player. Sound To Go has no power source of it’s own, so even if you use to play your MP3 tunes it either has to be plugged into an operating USB port, or as I’ve used it – via one of the those AC/USB adapters you plug into an outlet. If you’re using with your computer, the single USB connection provides both power and the audio. It’s just plug-and-play, the software loads automatically. There’s only one button on the speaker and that’s to control the volume. It takes a few tries to get used to. You hold the button steady to reduce the volume, and press quickly and let go to raise the volume. Inside the high tech aluminum case are two 1-1/4-inch mid range drivers, two 1-1/4inch tweeters and a single 3 x 1-1/4-inch oval subwoofer. It also has a built-in amplifier, which can provide very decent volume. The single blue LED light signals when the device has power. The wedge shaped design fits perfectly at the hinge of an open laptop and looks good too. With five speakers, the sound quality is really good, especially for its size. Compared to your laptop’s built in speakers, you’ll really be impressed with the improvement. It comes with two cables and a travel bag. It’s about $50 at the Apple Store and online. 

    http://www.edifier-international.com/products/edifier-image/sound-go

    Friday
    Mar182011

    Two tiny charger/sync cables small enough for your pocket or keychain.

    Some time back on the Daily Giz we talked about the Scoshe keychain solar charger. (Link below.) This innovative company has come up two more practical and inexpensive gadgets. They are the Scoshe flipSYNC keychain USB charge and sync cables. They’re really pocket-sized, ideal for travel. Each one is about the size of a car alarm remote control, but offers users a convenient syncing cable when on the go. They’re also designed to fit comfortably on any key chain. There are two versions. The flipSYNC IPUSBM features an iPhone/IPod 30 pin connector at one end and a regular 2.0 USB connector at the other. When you unfold them for use, it’s best to check the instructions first. I couldn’t unfold one as much as I tried, so rather then apply undue pressure, I took a quick peep at the instruction sheet. I found the secret is popping out the hook up end first, then the USB end. It was after I did that, that I noticed the unfolding procedure was printed right on the back of one of the units! (But not the other.) The second unit is the Scosche USBMM features both Mini and Micro USB connections on one end, and a standard 2.0 USB connector on the other. Both flipSYNC models are available now in Bestbuy stores and online at www.bestbuy.com for 19.99. But do a web search. I saw them for under $10 at several websites.

    More info: www.scosche.com Solar Charger: http://tinyurl.com/4p468ar

    See or hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw1303

    Saturday
    Mar122011

    Magnets, Red & White LED's -- Light Mine has them all. 

    Back on June 10th, 2009 Netcast 848 I talked about The Magnetic Light Mine. It’s a small powerful LED light with an underwater navy mine appearance. Twelve neodymium (rare earth) magnetic posts surround a central LED. The golf ball sized sphere fits into tight areas and aims a powerful beam of light where you needed most. Since the original Magnetic Light Mine was so successful Striker created a bigger, brighter, and more powerful version. Called the Light Mine Professional the new one is about the size of a baseball. Everything about the new model is bigger. It’s 8 times brighter, lasts 4 times longer, includes a signal beacon, and even red LED night vision light. Eleven powerful neodymium magnets are located at the end of each post so you can attach and aim the light in any direction. The posts also act as tripods and quad-pods so you can position the light accurately on non-magnetic surfaces. 8 powerful LEDs are used in the front white lens and 4 red LEDs power the backlight. A four-function switch provides low power spot, high output flood, red night vision, and a high visibility blinking signal beacon. You can even attach a lanyard and use it as a magnetic pickup tool for a dropped screw, nail, etc. Use one in the garage to stick to your car’s hood for engine repairs. Keep one in your home for repairs in tight spaces such as under the counter, behind a stereo, or when working on computer equipment. Stick one on your refrigerator as your 'go-to' light for emergency situations during a power outage such as finding and flipping the circuit breaker. Powered by 3 replaceable AAA batteries. MSRP $19.99, but the manufacturer is offering a 20% discount till March 15, 2011 if you use the code gizwiz. (I make no money no matter where you buy this device.) The Striker Light Mine Professional retails for $20 (price using gizwiz code =$16) And the original Striker Light Mine retails for about $7 (price using gizwiz code =$5.60)

    www.strikerhandtools.com

    See or hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw1288