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    WORLD NEWS NOW

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    On these pages are gadgets I've shown over the past few years on the show. 

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    Sunday
    Mar192017

    Slice fruits and vegetables without worrying about slicing a finger!

    Progressive International introduced their Professional Slicer, now in black, and featuring 40% more Stainless Steel. One of the features I liked best about this device is the integrated hand guard. It allows great control while it keeps your hands away from the blades. This is their latest model which looks very techie in black. Features include three slicing thicknesses, classic julienne, and a French fry cut. Simply designed controls: one switch takes you from paper-thin slices to a slab cut; a second switch raises and lowers the integrated julienne and French fry blades. Safety lock for cleaning and storage. Oversized safety hand guard secures food for stable slicing. There's a soft grip handle and non-skid feet to hold the device securely when slicing over a cutting board or bowl. Model PL8-1105. Available Spring 2017 MSRP: $39.99 

    Giz Wiz Video with company spokesperson: https://youtu.be/BIoU2Uz6MDk

     

    Company website: http://www.progressiveintl.com/

    Tuesday
    Feb282017

    The Giz Wiz Goes To Toy Fair, 2017

    Here's my Toy Fair 2017 spot as it appeared on World News Now:

     

    http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/hottest-trends-2017-toy-fair-45797815

     

    Toy Fair 2017! 1000 companies put on a huge display of toys, many of them STREAM toys. What are STREAM toys? Some years ago many toys started being identified as STEM. That meant they embodied the important concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Then STEM became STEAM, when an “A” was added for “Art” Now it’s getting more comprehensive as Robotics are added to the trend – transforming STEAM to STREAM. We'll see some examples of them among the clever new toys I found at the show.   

    I always stop at Be Amazing Toys. Their aim is to helps kids discover the wonders of the world around them and the joys of creative play. It's original founder, Steve Spangler, (who you'll see in the Giz Wiz video) was described in TIME magazine as “the science teacher you always wanted to have in school.” Each year at Toy Fair Steve gets people to stop at the booth by performing some fun experiment. Last year he had a bed of nails for people to try and this year -- well, you'll see that in the the other video we shot at the show. (Link below.)

     

    After I had fun with Steve I played with Be Amazing's “Just Add Water”. You'll see what I made in the video. I can't find that eact product online yet. (It may not be out yet.) But here's something just like it, from BE AMAZING TOYS. It's Amazing Spheres. Amazon says: Grow humongous clear balls and monster colored marbles! Just add water. Package includes one test tube, clear spheres, garbled marbles and instructions. Recommended for ages 4 and up. WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years. WARNING: This set contains chemicals that may be harmful if misused. Conforms to ASTM F963. Imported. (Well those warnings cut down the fun a bit, but I guess it's necessary.) Under $10. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/UCNpf-Us2HE   

     

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2lA2fKY

     

    If you look up "water beads" on Amazon, you find something that looks like the same thing. But you'll get a LOT more for your money.

     http://amzn.to/2ldy8rq 

    Tuesday
    Feb282017

    The Giz Wiz at Toy Fair 2017

    Kathie, our ABC camera person & I just roamed the floor at the Javits Center, so there's no info here on many of the toys we showed in the video.

    That's because this is Holiday 2017 Gift preview. Most of these toys won't be in the market place till late summer, early fall.

    But I'll be reporting on many of them as they hit the marketplace on these pages, so please check back.

    The Smart Go-Cart is shipping now, and info is below.

    And all the new Folkmanus puppets will be available soon.

    They're at http://www.folkmanis.com/17/home.htm  

    Tuesday
    Feb282017

    Boy, I wish I was a kid again! (I mean more than my brain.)

    Wow, kids are lucky these days. There are some amazing toys on the market. You probably know about go-karts, but have you heard about Smart-Karts? Activ Motors has come up with the Arrow Smart-Kart -- a fun go-kart (with many safety features) aimed at five to nine-year-old kids. Kids will not only love driving the Arrow, but they can also personalize their driving experience by downloading synthesized engine sounds. The single bucket seats boasts twin built-in speakers. The Actev App also lets kids monitor stats such as total driving time, total distance, and maximum speed. But wait, there's more! The parents can also monitor how fast the kids are driving, where they're driving and they can even limit the speed the Arrow Smart-Kart can drive at. Top speed is 12 mph and it's not designed for any public road. Another amazing feature is a crash-avoidance system. The Arrow Smart Kart is $999.95. They're ready to ride at that price, but if you want, you can add a body kit in red or silver. That retails for an additional $199.99. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/HymXJ8NJ0wM

    More info: http://www.actevmotors.com/

     

    Friday
    Jan132017

    Unique and offbeat gadgets I found at CES 2017 & showed on World News Now.

    If you missed my spot on ABC, it's here: http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/hottest-gadgets-missed-ces-2017-44803552   

    Where's my phone? Oh, it's on my head! 

    Instead of a tripod or a selfie stick, you can carry your smart phone on your head with Clip-A-Phone. With places like Disneyland banning selfie sticks, this is a good alternative. Just place the clip on your favorite cap, insert your phone into the clip and secure it with the strap. Then use the included Bluetooth shutter to record photos or video. The company says this: “Clip-A-Phone provides you with a simple solution to use your smart phone and mount it to your hat. Your head provides the most stable platform for taking pictures from the first person view or recording video as your body naturally stabilizes your head in relation to your moving physical environment. Parents have also found it useful for recording their child's sporting events, birthday parties and even their babies first steps all while keeping their hands free!” And now back to me. I put my Galaxy S5 on my Clip-A-Phone and it fit after I adjusted the strap to it's largest size, so I doubt if the new 'big' phones will fit. Check the company website. Also on the Galaxy S5, the app worked my camera shutter perfectly, but was wonky trying to stop & start the video function. Price for the cap is under $20.

     

    http://www.clipaphone.com/