CES

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1049

3Doodler allows people to create amazing 3D objects without the restrictions of complicated software. The pen melts mini-plastic straw and can build things by painting with plastic. Dick says there's a learning curve, but it's great fun.
They're also planning on silicone accessories to help make 3D designs. It's $99 with 25 10" pieces of filament. Leo says you probably go through them like crazy!

Find out more at www.the3doodler.com/

What can I do with an old FloTV?

Episode 1048

Chris from Culver City, CA

A few years back, Chris bought a FloTV, which took CES by storm with the potential of mobile television. It eventually died, but he made a few hundred off it when they closed the business. Now Chris wants to know if there's anything he could use it for. Leo says not really. There isn't anything on the net, at least. But at least Chris got a few months of use and even made some cash on it! Leo says that's why you should take emerging technologies at CES with a grain of salt.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1047

Dick DeBartolo is back from CES and he saw a lot of the same old stuff. But he did see the Mophie Space Pack, which offers additional storage. Leo says it's a great case and a great name. He also saw EyeLock MYIRIS, which is an eye scanning video security device. And it's near impenetrable. $300, and will be available early Spring. He saw some low cost 4K TVs and monitors, for under $1000, some with touch. They looked great, and have come down significantly in price. He also saw Bluetooth light bulbs with speakers.

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1047

Scott is back from CES, and he actually walked over 24 miles looking at the latest gadgets and HDTVs. He saw a lot of 4K, and TVs with curved screens. Leo says there's no real benefit from a curved screen, and Scott says that's especially true at the smaller 50" sizes. But for a bigger 105" TV, it may help.

CES: Much Ado About Nothing

Episode 1047

Although Leo sent a crew to Las Vegas for CES, he avoided it and watched it from afar. He says that we didn't really miss anything. The Chinese TV manufactuers like HiSense and TCL announced some interesting 4K TVs, including one with Roku incorporated in it, called the "RokuTV." The better news is that content is finally arriving with deals for streaming by Netflix, Sony, and others. But who's going to be able to watch it with bandwidth caps on the Internet? Should you go out and buy a 4K TV? Leo says there's no real need right now. Wait until things settle down in the market.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

The Giz Wiz

Episode 1045

Dickie D is back with the first gadget of the year, and it's the Panono throwable ball camera. It has several cameras all around it and is simple to use - you throw it in the air, and at its highest point all the 36 cameras fire simultaneously to capture a richly detailed panorama of everything, in every direction, including the photographer. It is available to pre-order at a discounted price of $499 on Indiegogo.com for the next week.

Scott Wilkinson Goes to CES

Scott Wilkinson at CES

Episode 1045

Scott joins us via phone to talk about CES, which is coming Tuesday in Las Vegas, NV. Leo says it's the last big digital trade show in the United States with hundreds of thousands of people and products in attendance. The idea is to bring manufacturers with dealers to see what's coming, and often, concept products are also shown which may or may not ever be released. Last year, it was 4K OLED TVs, which Leo says was a tease. Scott says we'll definitely see more 4K TVs for sure, but maybe some more OLED too. Leo bought an OLED TV, and it wasn't cheap at all.