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Daily Giz Wiz, Week of June 30th 2008.
The giddiness is still with me after recording DGW episode live with Leo at TwiT Cottage! It was great being there. Dane & Colleen are amazing people and a great asset to the TwiT world. Iím trying right now on how I can get them to move to New York and work for me!Now back to our regularly scheduled Netcasts!
Monday, June 30th, Netcast 601
Philip is right on with their new SpotOn gizmo.
The Philips SpotOn LED Motion Sensing Portable Light offers hands-free lighting without having to push a button, pull a string or hit a switch. The built in motion sensor turns it on for you. Itís great for inside a closet because it will go on automatically when it senses the door opening. (Test it out first to make sure you put in a place where the SpotOn can sense motion. After about 20 seconds of zero motion, it automatically shuts off again. Since the SpotOn uses 3 battery saving LEDís, my guess is youíll get many months of service of the 3 AAA batteries. They come with the unit, but you can easily replace them later on. Easy installation. You can mount it with stick on tape which is supplied, or use the supplied screws. Dimensions: 3.13 x 2.69 x 0.8 inches. There is no off switch so itís meant to be used only in places where there is motion for a short time, like a closet, drawer, trunk, etc.List Price: $20.00, but do a web search at your favorite hardware type store, because most of them are selling the SpotOn for under $16.00.
I havenít shopped this place, but they do sell it for $15.99. Right now a Google search brings up places sell it in the UK, but itís working itís way over here. This website is in the US:
Well, actually itís the Snowflake Microphone. The Company is Blue and they make the Snowball microphone. Now thereís a smaller, less expensive version which Leoís is great for Podcasters. Itís called the Snowflake and itís under $60. The company calls it the first professional portable USB mic that's head and shoulders above any comparable portable USB on the market! (Heck, if Leo likes it, it must be good.) Works on both Mac and PC with no drivers to install: just connect it to your computerís USB port, follow the prompts and youíll have high-fidelity sound in no time. Itís perfect for podcasting, voice recognition software, iChat, and VoIP software such as Skype and Vonage. Or use it for dictation, field recording, lecture recording, and narration for slideshows and PowerPoint presentations. The skyís the limit. Itís even great for recording music via GarageBand and other multitrack recording software. As Leo demo'd if you watched us record the DGW, the unique design allows you to place it on a desk or flat surface near your computer, or mount it to the screen of most laptops. And the price again -- a very reasonable $60!
Todayís your last chance to play the ďWhat The Heck Is It?Ē Game. Guess what the gadget is at the very bottom of www.gizwiz.biz and you can win one of the up to 36 copies of autographed MAD Magazineís given out each month.
Wednesday, July 1st, Netcast 603.
Hereís a very easy way to put video on your iPod, PSP, or a USB device!
Itís the Pinnacle Video Transfer (PVT). This is the one of the easiest ways to record video Iíve ever used. I was recording video within 5 minutes of opening the box. On the bottom end of the PVT just connect the DC power and a USB flash drive. The other end of the unit has the video connections. Thereís the usual RCA, red/white/yellow composite and an S-video input. LEDís are also positioned above each of the video/audio inputs and the USB port. When the unit is turned on the blue LEDís let you know the unit ďseesĒ audio & video and the USB drive. For better quality recordings, as you would expect, Pinnacle advises using the S-video input rather than Composite Video. You get the composite A/V cable, but you have to supply your own S-video cable.After connecting the cables and plugging in a USB storage device, turn the device on by pressing the MODE button. When all the LEDís have turned blue, select the recording quality. Pressing the MODE button lights the LEDís - (one LED for 'Good', two for 'Better' and three for 'Best').To record Ė hmmm, letís see. Oh right - press the REC button. All the LEDís then turn red to confirm that youíre recording. To stop, just press the REC button again. Thereís a warning not to remove the USB drive until its LED turns blue. But that only takes a few seconds after you stop the recording.When you search the drive on your computer youíll find the recordings in the Video directory, The unit has no clock, so thereís no time or date stamp of the recording. Each video is numbered according to the sequence in which it was recorded. Although the PVT can record directly to most iPods and the PSP, I only tried it with a USB flash drive and it worked perfectly. I took the USB flash drive from the PVT and was able to watch the show I recorded from my cable box on my laptop. I did a price search on Amazon and see it can be bought for about $115 to $120.00.
Itís the Logitech ClearChat PC Wireless headset. Itís true. You can make a PC call while walking around the room or sitting on the couch. The Logitech ClearChat PC Wireless lets you move freely up to 33 feet (10 meters) from your computer. Just plug in the USB transmitter thatís in the box and youíre also set. It will blink green until you turn on the headset. Then it glows green and youíre connected. It connects to a PC or Mac computer right out of the box Ė no software or pairing required. And to help ensure no call gets interrupted, the ClearChat PC Wireless headsetís 2.4 GHz wireless technology features both crisp, uncompressed stereo audio and an advanced algorithm that minimizes interference Ėeven in the busiest wireless environments, such as an airport, office or hotel. For optimal voice clarity, the headset features a noise-canceling microphone on a flexible boom that adjusts to the desired distance from the mouth. Additionally, volume and microphone mute controls are located on the right earpiece and the microphone automatically mutes when rotated to an upright position. As an added convenience, the microphone emits a soft, red glow when muted. A padded headband and plush ear pads make it comfortable over long chats. Now Leo said he could tell I was on a wireless headset because they never quite equal the fidelity of wired headset. But Leo is using studio equipment at his end. For Skype chatting, watching movies or playing games on the PC, being wireless is a great advantage. Available now. Suggested retail is $99.99, but discounts should appear very soon as it starts arriving in stores in quanity.
Todayís Turn The Table Tuesday is Another Real Product - Plantronics Discovery 975
Since I donít own a Plantronics 975, I found this following info at their website. But you can hear Leoís personal experience by listening to the Netcast. The Plantronics' Discovery 925 Bluetooth earpiece provides outstanding incoming and outgoing audio clarity in any environment. It offers the unique VFrame design, structured to follow the contours of the face and draw the microphone closer to the mouth. The signature elongated design, housing an extended microphone, enhances audio performance and connection range. Plantronics' AudioIQ noise reduction technology adds to the Discovery 925's performance by removing background noise while simultaneously adjusting the incoming volume -- ensuring crystal clear sound on both sides of the conversation.Plantronics' inaugural collection of Discovery 925 earpieces includes a unique palette of colors for both men and women: Onyx Black, Alchemy Gold and Cerise Pink. Each earpiece is treated with glass beads and fire-blasted for a deep, enamel-like finish.
When is a Golf Club Not A Golf Club? When itís The UroClub.
This may sound like a joke, but itís not. Floyd E. Sesking, MD, a Board Certified Urologist, practicing in Florida, wanted to help patients who played golf, but suffered from urinary frequency (a condition that can begin in men, as early as their mid 30ís). There are not many bathrooms on the golf course, so he was inspired to create the UroClub. Itís a portable urinal, designed to be discrete, sanitary and create an air of privacy! It looks like an ordinary golf club and comes equipped with a unique removable golf towel clipped to the shaft that functions as a privacy shield! So with this device a golfer can drink whatever he wishes during the game and not worry if heíll make it to the clubhouse in time! It's designed from a light weight resin with a molded grip.The cap opens and closes easily and is designed with a triple sealing system to ensure that it is leak proof. The privacy shield hooks to the sides of the pants or belt and adds stability.This allows freedom of the hands to manipulate the club and zipper. It can be emptied at the nearest restroom or later on, when the golfer returns home. Capacity: Over half a liter, twice the volume commonly urinated. Length: Like a standard 7 Iron. Cost is
Thursday--June 26th, 2008Netcast 599 Perfect for People Who Love Netcasts!Itís Cast Grabber CastGrabber, automatically downloads podcasts onto virtually any MP3 player without requiring the use of a PC.You simply dock your Mp3 player and CastGrabber does the rest, automatically downloading selected podcasts directly from the Internet onto the player with 'set it and forget it' simplicity. Now the company says you can do it without the need for a PC for the connection, Thatís true, once you tell the CastGrabber which Pod/Netcasts you want it to record. But it make it easy for podcast enthusiasts to always have fresh content loaded up and ready to go. CastGrabber automatically charges and downloads podcasts whenever a portable MP3 player is docked in it. In addition, CastGrabber will auto-update itself with the latest software changes so that every device will always be current with the most up-to-date software changes. Set up is easy. Owners of non-iPod players can use any Web browser to select or change their podcast subscriptions, while iPod owners can use iTunes for podcast configuration. Via its built-in Ethernet port, CastGrabber connects directly to a userís router and the Internet.$129.99. www.castgrabber.net Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw599 OMG --- Itís Daily Giz Wiz Number 600!!! For this special episode I took a gadget from Dickís Gadget Warehouse all the way to Leoís TWIT studio in lovely downtown Petaluma, California! Need an extra hand? Found at the National Hardware Show many years ago, this device is called The Third Hand. Itís kind of strange. You wear it around your neck and it gives you a place to put food and drink at parties. Notice there are two elastic bands to hold a bottle and glass on the right and left hand side of the tray. I donít think it was a big hit because I never saw it on sale any place and I couldnít find any reference to it on the web. There is a patent for such a device, but not a place that shows a finished Third Hand available for sale. Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw600 To celebrate the 600th Episode of the Daily Giz Wiz, thereís a special offer on the GizWiz.Biz LED logo baseball.See details below.This is your chance to support the Daily Giz Wiz (until a sponsor comes back!)
Monday, June 16th, Netcast 591 You canít own it, but itís a heck of gadget! Todayís Daily Giz Wiz Gizmo started with an email:Hi Dick,I have a suggestion for a gadget for the Daily Giz Wiz. It would different as it cannot be bought and will only be around till June 15th. I am talking about the TELECTROSCOPE in Brooklyn and London. The device that people are using to see from Brooklyn (Fulton Ferry Landing at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge) to London (South bank at the Tower Bridge) live. It has been in the news quite bit and I am guessing that you have read or seen something on it. I think it would be neat for you explain it on the Daily Giz Wiz as it is a great piece of what I like to call "modern Victorian technology".Jim Levine, Brooklyn, NY. This gizmo was just too exciting not to see. To make the day extra exciting I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to get to 40ft-long Telectroscope which is located next to the bridge at Fulton Landing. Jutting into the ground this whimsical optical instrument looks like a giantís telescope. The device is so large that its maker had to bring it here by ship. The lens is very wide, about 6í X 6í, so two or three couples or groups of friends can make a fool of themselves at the same time. The best thing to do is to make some gesture (clean, of course) keep repeating it in front of the lens. Then youíll see the people London mimic the gestures. That way you know youíre not watching a video, but real live Londoners. I talked to one of the folks who set up this end of the Telectroscope, Peter Kohlmann. He said nothing is uplinked, or down-linked or wireless. Itís fiberoptic all the way! Peter is no stranger to unusual events. He has planned some huge NYC functions like the Times Square New Yearís Eve fireworks! His website is: www.Pekocreative.com
Also visit: www.telectroscope.org Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw591 Turn the Table Tuesday, June 17th. Netcast 592 Another ďsensibleĒ TTTT from Leo.What gives? For his "studio clock" Leo picked the SkyScan Atomic Clock, Model 88825.
By now you know that you can easily get precise Atomic Time display on an reasonably priced clock. If you don't know exactly how Atomic Time works, you will in a minute! The US Atomic Clock is the most accurate clock in the world and the official national timepiece. Itís what radio and TV stations have been using for a long, long time. The Atomic clock is operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Fort Collins, Colorado. Using a low frequency radio transmission from NIST, the US Atomic Clock sends an accurate time signal across the continental United States. The SkyScan Atomic Clock automatically sets itself to the correct time and date by receiving and decoding the NIST radio signal with an internal receiver. It ensures daily accuracy to the fraction of a second by refreshing the signal each day at 2:00 a.m.If no signal is received within 4 minutes, the system will automatically search again at 3:00 a.m., 4:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.The internal quartz-mechanism is very accurate; so itís no big deal if the clock is occasionally unable to receive the time signals. But when you first get any Atomic clock you have to set it for your local time zone: Eastern, Central, Mountain or Pacific. The calendar shows Month, Day & Date. Temperature shows in F or C and there's an alarm clock and snooze function. You can display time in 12 or 24 hour format and the clock knows all Daylight Saving Time, and will reset automatically. Leo said to he it at Samís Club (I hope I remembered correctly) and it was only about $30. www.skyscan.com Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw Iím on my way to San Francisco to be ďliveĒ with Leo this Friday. The Daily Giz Wiz, June 18th, 2008, Netcast 593 Itís a great wide screen computer screen AND a high res TV monitor. About a month ago Tiger Direct had a great deal on a 22Ē HP monitor. But Iíve learned that a great deal on a brand name monitor might mean a new one has replaced it. I did a little research and found the one at Tiger Direct had a DVI input, while the new version replacing it had an HDMI input.I got the chance to get a hands on demo of HP 2408h 24Ē flat screen LCD. It lets you view everything very clearly with its 1920 x 1200 resolution. You can display two full pages side by side or work on wide spreadsheets. But this what I really about this monitor. Rotate the screen into portrait mode and you can view tall documents or web pages. I find it make editing my website much easier because I can see about 60% more of my website without scrolling. Now HP says itís Plug and Play and that can start using it right out of the box without any drivers. While thatís true, I discovered that when I rotated the monitor the internal menu knew whether it was in vertical or horizontal mode, but Windows XP didnít. So I downloaded the included software and then the monitor then could recognize the position of documents and websites. When you rotate the monitor, the picture goes black for about 10 seconds and then comes back in the proper orientation. The monitor can also automatically adjust to the light in your home/office environment. So look for the 2408h if want digital (HDMI) and traditional analog (VGA) dual inputs.The double hinge base allows virtually unlimited viewing angles. There are integrated speakers but youíll want to hook up a higher end sound system to match the excellent video quality of this monitor. Also built into the monitor are four USB ports. $500.00A 22Ē version is available for $330. At HP Shopping there is free shipping. (As I write this.) http://tinyurl.com/6ewt8b Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw593
The Daily Giz Wiz, Thursday, June 19th, 2008, Netcast 594
What do you need to wake up in the Morning? Maybe a Fire Bell?
The Fire Bell Alarm Clock will look real great on the night stand. And the alarm should be enough to awake even a very sound sleeper. It features a snooze function as well as easy-to-use controls. Just hold down the time button and then the hour & minute buttons to set the time. Hold the "alarm" button to set the alarm the same easy way. It's bright red and with a "silver" button that acts as the button to stop the alarm and to reset the 'snooze' feature. It can also be pushed to light the time display -- in red, of course. 7" tall x 2.75" deep x 5.5" wide. Requires 2 AA batteries (not included). And no, it's not a real fire alarm. The bell is plastic and the bell sound is created via an audio chip, but it should wake you! $14.95.
Another find that will stir memories about gadget lovers.
Itís about 1989 and the DMG-01 Game Boy comes to the market. The original Game Boy used four AA batteries which gave you about 35 hours of play time. And if you so-so eyes like mine, considering the graphics, youíd need about 35 hours to play just one game. The model was talked about on the web as having the largest body size and the worse display.I have a red model, but not only where several colors introduced over time, there were also lot of limited color editions. It first hit the market in the U.S. in July, 1989. The DMG 01 was the first edition. DMG was short for "Dot Matrix Graphics" or ďDot Matrix GamesĒ, take your pick. The unit had one speaker, but headphones provided stereo sound. And that hard to read non-backlit reflective LCD had a low res 160 x 144 pixels and 4 shades of gray (murky to very murky) Cost was $89.95. In 1966 Game Boy Pocket was introduced. This was a thinner, 30-percent smaller version with atrue black-and-white display. The Game Boy Pocket contained a miniaturized link port. But with an adapter it could connect with the original Game Boy.
Now you can ďair conditionĒ the air you breathe on an airplane.
Itís Plane Clean Air! This is a filter system you bring on the airplane and slip onto the air vent over your head. Here are some answers from the company:
How does the filter work? The filter has been tested in an FDA certified lab and can remove 99.5% of all airborne viruses, bacteria, allergens and particulates from the air stream that flows onto the passengerís face. How long will the filter last? The adhesive gaskets that attach to the filter to the air nozzle will last for about five (5) flights each. The filter comes with two gaskets that will last approximately 10 flights before new ones must be purchased. How much does the filter cost? The filter housing costs $19.95.Filter replacement packs come with a single replacement filter and twoadhesive gaskets good for a total of 10 flights. Cost for a pack is $6.95. Cost per flight breaks down to about $0.70 per flight. Will the airlines let me use the product? The manufacturer (Travel Health Products, Inc.) has conducted several hundred test flights on several airlines. Air crews on these flights did not express concern over the use of the filter on the aircraft. Plane Clean Air $19.95
Another Turn The Table Tuesday and another useful product! I can hardly poke fun at Leo anymore!
This time itís the Brother QL500 Label Maker. Leo loves it so much he bought three of them!Well, he meant to buy two, but he accidentally purchased three! The QL500 prints up to 50 4-line standard address labels per minute and prints on continuous tape, up to 2.3" wide for banners and signage. It uses DK Series Labels. The QL-500 is very versatile Ė prints die-cut labels AND durable White Paper or film tape. It does need your PC to operate. Print text or graphics on a variety of durable die-cut labels including address, shipping, File folder and CD/DVD sizes. Or, use the wide, 2-3/7" durable paper or film tape for wide labels, signs and banners. Create and print labels quickly and easily, without wasting paper and time. Highlight your text, click and print directly from Microsoft Word, Excel or Outlook applications. Or use Brother's own label design Software to customize your label to include logos, graphics or print from lists and databases. List price is $77.29. But Leo paid a lot less. I found it here on Amazon for: $48.00
It's about time someone created a tool to help new parents remember the basic details of baby care. Now someone has.
And itís called the ITZBEEN Baby Care Timer. It was developed by a new mom and dad who found themselves sleep-deprived and needing help to remember baby care details, such as when their baby last ate or napped. They tried charts and journals, but thought there had to be a better way. So, they created the ITZBEEN: a multi-purpose nursery tool that helps new parents remember the basic details of baby care. There are four timers that count up with the touch of a button. Other helpful features include: belt clip, nursing reminder switch, illuminated display, clock, and a soft nightlight for changing diapers in the dark. Comes in three colors include blue and green. $25.99, plus S&H.
When you go biking at night youíre sure to be seen if you equip your bike with SpokeLit from Nite Ize. Itís easy to install and remove in seconds. And itís designed to stay securely in position even during off-road use. And you donít have to worry about the weather. Itís both water resistant and shock resistant. Thereís a three-way switch that lets you turn the light on in the ďsteadyĒ mode or the ďflashingĒ mode, and then off. Long life replaceable cell batteries included. Uses 2 CR2016 batteries which are replaceable. Best of all is that they are very inexpensive. Youíd probably want to buy at leave two, one of the front and one of the back wheel. I found them here for $5.39 each: http://www.batteryjunction.com/skl-03.html
Back to the Warehouse, Friday June 13th, Netcast 590
Hereís a gadget that pretty much started the whole PDA craze.
The Palm Pilot was one of the first personal digital assistants on the market. It was introduced back when Palm was still a division of U.S. Robotics. Early models had both names on the units . The ďPilotĒ part of Palm Pilot ran into trouble when a trademark infringement lawsuit was filed by the Pilot Pen Corporation. The solution was easy, just drop the Pilot name and call it simply the Palm, or the Palm Connected Organizer. However if they did that, shouldnít they be called PCOís and not PDAís?Anyway, according to Wikipedia, the original purpose of the company was to create handwriting recognition software for other devices, named Graffiti. (Remember how you got a special card to learn to perfect your Graffiti so the Palm could read it? I was real bad at using Graffiti and the Palm rarely was able to read an entire sentence I wrote correctly. At some point the company decided they might as well create software and the hardware to use it. The first Palms, the Pilot 1000 and Pilot 5000, had no infrared port, backlight, or flash memory, but did have a serial communications port. I was not crazy about the amount of contrast on the screen either. Their RAM size was 128 kB and 512 kB respectively. Leo said thatís why he loved his Palm, because he could upload info to the device from his computer. That device was one of the first to do that. The first Palm Pilots were in the $300 to $400 range.
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Monday, June 2nd Netcast 581 Hereís a bug, thatís a good bug. Safe-T-Bug.Clip onto to a baseball cap, backpack, bag, etc. and you have five ultra bright red LEDís safety light to protect you when walking or jogging at night. It comes with 3 different ways to attach. Pin, adhesive, or magnet. The smallest, brightest, lightest safety light around.Provides the ultimate in high visibility safety that you wonít realize you are wearing. 5 Ultra Bight, Flashing Red LEDís provides 360 degrees visibility from more than ľ mile away. Attaches to ANYTHING with the magnet, Adhesive Disk or stick pin which are included. And thereís no need to worry about the weather because the Safe-T-Bug is waterproof. $14.95
This is a brand new product so it may not be at their website yet. www.panthervision.com Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw581 TTTT --- June 3rd ---Netcast 582 Another Turn The Table Tuesday and Leo talks about another real gadget, The EyeTV 250 Since Iím not familiar with this gizmo, I lifted info from the web. The EyeTV 250 brings live television to your Macintosh. By combining digital TV recording software with a premium analog TV receiver and video encoder, EyeTV 250 will change the way you watch TV. Store hours of your favorite TV shows directly on your hard disk for you to watch whenever you want. EyeTV 250 comes with a breakout cable for S-Video and composite RCA video connections. Mac Mini style and size enclosure, EyeTV 250 fits beautifully and unobtrusively into your Mac work and play space. EyeTV 250 is perfect for conventional analog cable TV or aerial/antenna reception. Simply connect the co-axial cable to EyeTV 250, plug EyeTV 250 into a USB 2.0 or 1.1 ports on your Mac and start watching TV. EyeTV 250's built-in hardware encoder compresses audio and video signals to MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 formats, freeing up your computer's processor for other activities. This also means that you can record high quality video even with a less powerful Mac. http://tinyurl.com/6a5h37
An important upgrade to MediaShow 3 from CyberLink. CyberLink MediaShow 4 is a total solution for your videos and photos: importing, managing, enhancing, producing and burning; all with a few easy clicks. The new version adds quite a bit of video applications. If you love to record videos with mobile phones and digital cameras, you'll love MediaShow's media-enhancing features. Enhance your photos and videos with 1-click editing tools or fine-tune them to suit your needs. Then, let MediaShow's beat-recognition engine sync your slideshows with background music, burn mixed-content DVDs in 3 clicks and share photos and videos online by uploading directly to YouTube or Flickr; or email them in a flash. MediaShow 4 is the most comprehensive, digital media organizer around, delivering advanced photo and video management, ease of use all using a 3D liquid user interface backdrop featuring lightning-quick responsiveness and stunning graphic effects.Runs on:Windows Vista / Windows XP. $49.99 --$10 less if you already own MediaShow Version 2 or 3.And there is a free trial available at their website: http://www.cyberlink.com/multi/products/main_5_ENU.html Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv.dgw583
Thursday,June 4thNetcast 584
How many features you they pack into one radio?
Well, a lot.It?s The Lifegear LED Flashlight/Reading Light /Clock/AM/FM / NOAA Weather Radio with 3 way power!
It?s easier to remember as the Life Gear Model LGTF38. But it does have a LOT of features!Let?s list them: 3 super-bright LED flashlight/4 LED reading or map lamp Cell phone charger ? Comes with an adapter for Nokia but you get another for free for your phone. /NOAA emergency radio with alert, AM/FM and weatherband Alarm clock / Emergency signal flashers and siren / 3 power options: crank, AC or DC / Suggested Price : $59.95 / Do a web search. I found it here for about $41: http://tinyurl.com/47oblyNOTE: I have not shopped at that vendor's website. I found it just doing a price search.
Company's website: www.lifegearcompany.com Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw584 Dicks? Gadget Warehouse Friday:June 5th, Netcast 585 Once again we dip into another Twit?s closet. This gadget is going INTO the gadget warehouse.It?s from Ed Wunder and it?s the Sharp Dial Master 100. Ed writes: I had this gadget since it was new, (I think about 20 years now) and I thought you might like it for the warehouse. It's the Sharp Dial Master 100 Pocket Auto Dialer EL-6230. It's part calculator, part address book, and part phone auto dialer. I don?t know if you've ever seen one of these but I remember it was $100 new at K-mart. I have no use for it anymore and even though the batteries are almost dead it still works. You just program your contacts with their phone numbers, then bring up their name and hold the speaker up to the phone mouth piece and push the dial button. Obviously it was made to use on touch tone phones. This device did a lot of multitasking for it?s time. When you popped over the drop down cover it revealed a calculator and even a place to ?hide? secret notes. Thanks, Ed! Thanks, Ed for your contribution. I only accepted it because it's really, really small. These days I'm trying to get stuff leaving Dick's gadget warehouse, not coming into it. Although I believe someone is sending me the Microsoft SPOT watch for the warehouse! Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw585
Drop down cover open to show keypad. Speaker to play 'touch tones' is on the back.