This page is here just for the gadgets. Now that the Daily Giz Wiz runs so long, Leo & I don't need to spend even more time together on his radio show.
I've joined Leo on The Screen Savers, Call For Help, The Daily Giz Wiz, and the Lab with Leo -- and for a while I joined him (in a very small way) on his syndicated radio show "Tech Guy Labs". It's syndicated throughout the US and is heard on XM radio too. But late in 2008, with the Daily Giz Wiz shows getting longer and longer, we decided to drop the Giz Wiz spots that were on Tech Guy labs. Basically they were just us re-recording chatter about gadgets we had just done on the Daily Giz Wiz Netcast. But Leo continues to do Tech Guy Labs by himself and somehow remains successful without me!
You'll also find a list of all the radio stations Tech Guy Labs can be heard on at the link above. Just click on "stations" when you get there Or if you'd like to drive yourself crazy, copy the map at the left, enlarge it so you can read it, and then try to figure out the stations across the country on your own! And good luck!
Dick DeBartolo on Tech Guy Labs.
(They are so fast over there at Tech Guy Labs, they posted the info about some of the CES stuff I found before I was able to. So what to do? I know! How about I use their info and just edit it a bit! Thank you Tech Guy Labs webmaster!)
The Giz Wiz is back to talk about the crazy gadgets he saw at CES. Dick likes to look at small time vendors who are sometimes out of touch when they introduce their strange gadgetry.
CellMategot his attention. Promises that you don’t have to pair your cell or sync it. Just clip it against your ear with a giant metal clip! About $40.
iCap - A $150 baseball cap with radio tuner and speakers! But hey, it saves lives!
No PoPo. - AA batteries that are water (or, well, something else) activated. They're not available in the US, so they need a distributor - and trust me, they need a new name! EyeFi - winner of the “CES Last Gadget Standing” for the second year running! New feature - upload instantly to YouTube. When this feature is going to available & how it will be available has not yet been released. Also I learned at EyeFi booth that there's a new special 4 GB card out for $89 exclusively through Costco. It's $119 at the EyeFi Website.
NPowerPeg - charge your cellphone or mp3 player while you walk. The price, about $150, is going to keep this from making it, is my own feeling.
My Email Buddy - Worse then “you’ve got mail” the email buddy goes berserk when you get an email. Dances, lights up, makes sound. I get 4 to 500 emails a day. That will be one tired Email Buddy.
Meade ETXLS Light Switch Telescope - GPS magnetic compass. Finds where it is located and what you can see clearly. Shows what heavenly bodies it finds best or you can manually ask it to find something you want to see in the sky.
I'll fill in the missing information & links as Leo & I record Daily Giz Wiz episodes with these gizmos and gadgets!
Now You Can Take It With You!
With the Neuros OSD. Start by connect the Neuros OSD to your DVD player, VCR, cable box or video camera. Then plug your storage device into Neuros OSD. Storage device includes USB flash drive, external hard drive, and memory cards. Then hit “play” on the DVD/video player/etc and hit “record” on the Neuros OSD. The output from the DVD/video will record to your storage in real time. Once your video content is archived, it appears in a menu on your OSD via your computer screen. Play back your video anytime on your TV, PC or laptop, or your portable video playerBecause the OSD saves the recordings in the popular compressed video format MPEG-4, the programs can be watched on a host of devices, including iPods and smartphones. So if tired of stacks of DVDs and VHS tapes piled everywhere, and falling everywhere, the Neuros can become your electronic housekeeper. You can record an entire library on a U.S.B. hard drive. And here’s something different. Neuros Technology provides full documentation of the hardware platform for its recorder, the Neuros OSD. OSD stand for “open source device” so anyone can feel free to customize it, and hopefully improve it for others. List $229. Do a web search. I saw it for as low as $175.00 www.neurostechnology.com Leo and I did a Netcast on this product. Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw546
XM Goes Color!
The XM XpressRC has a full color split screen display with a real-time programming guide. You can pause and replay up to 60 minutes of your favorite XM programming. Songsaver lets you save your 10 favorite songs to listen to laterAnd you can also set up to 10 favorite channels. Another new feature is 60-minute pause and replay. (It’s doubled from the previous 30 minute feature.) TuneSelect finds your favorite artists or songs and alerts you when they're playing on an XM channel.GameSelect finds your favorite sports event or team and alerts you when they're playing on an XM channel. And if you want there are Info Extras - stock sticker and sports scores. (Hmm….how much stuff fits on that XM color screen!) Universal Connector means you can easily move the XpressRC between car, home & Audio Systems, with compatible and optional accessories. Frequency Finder - conveniently scans and locates FM frequencies for listening to XM through your FM radio. The kit includes XpressRC Receiver / Car Antenna /Car Cradle /Car Power supply /Car Mount/Vent Clip /Remote Control /Cassette Adapter. Under $150.
Don’t forget Leo’s Tech Guys Labs is on XM too.(In addition to radio syndication) I’m on the Saturday show. www.techguylabs.com
It’s the battery operated T-Shirt with it’s own built in Graphic Equalizer! Here’s a t-shirt that will get plenty of attention. The built in graphic equalizer responds to voices, music, or any sound!The microphone is built into the battery pack. There's a sensitivity control so you can adjust the mic to suit the sound. This would be amazing to wear at a dance club. You can disconnect the battery pack and hand wash the shirt. The T-Qualizer shirts cost $39.99 (CAD) CAD is the Canadian dollar, but these days I think the US dollar exchange rate is exactly the same. Their store accepts Visa and MasterCard, and there is also a PayPal option.Michael, who runs the places said they ship all over the world, and generally turn around orders within 12 hours. Shipping to most places in North America costs about $6.90. If you’re in a big hurry they have UPS and Canada Post Xpresspost options too for quicker delivery.
And Michael added: I’ve set up a special 10% discount coupon in the store that users can redeem during their checkout process. They just need to type in ‘gizwiz’ during the check out process and your readers and listeners can redeem this discount instantly.
These shirts are neat! I think you'll love them. Check their website because they offer quite a few choices.
Playing game at the office?Don’t want to get caught?
The Stealth Switch is the answer. Install the software and plug the hidden foot switch in. It either goes between the keyboard and your computer, or just into an available USB port. Once installed just a light tap of your toes on the foot switch hidden under your desk and it will work its magic for you. (But you have to remember the switch is down there. I installed it at MAD Magazine and as I tried to show something on my computer screen I kept hitting the switch by mistake and the program I was in kept disappearing and reappearing!) Based on your preferences, it can hide the current window, hide all windows, or hide all windows except for specified windows. Not just minimize, mind you, but totally erase from your screen. The Stealth Switch can also mute the sound, hide the taskbar, hide the desktop icons, and password protect the restore function. When the coast is clear, another quick tap and you are ready to frag in peace. Software Requires: Win 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP Home/Pro$24.99.From our friends over at Think Geek. http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/accessories/76ed/
Purse Guard Ultra.
OKAY! No matter what Leo says I think Purse Guard Ultra is a clever idea!
Zelco calls it A Woman's Best Accessory When Dining Out.
We laughed, we giggled, but here's the scroop. The PurseGuard Ultra is a compact, easy to carry gizmo to protect a woman's purse, or anything you hang on it. It has an alarm and flashing light to alert you if someone tries to take what you decide to hang on the Purse Hanger Hook. So it can protect things against theft if you're busy talking, reading or just daydreaming. With PurseGuard Ultra, purses can be hung safely on the edge of almost any dining table and kept comfortably off of laps, and, more importanlty, off of floors or backs of chairs where they can be easily stolen. Audio and LED light alarms go off if anyone attempts to lift purse and/or PurseGuard from edge of table. Can also be used as a one-LED flashlight. Zelco didn’t specify a weight limit, but I tried with a 5 pound weight, checked out with my UltraShip 55 scale, and it worked fine!Carry pouch included. Price $22.00. There's a model also without the light but it's only $1 cheaper and I think the new model is more ruggedly built Available in black or white.