Gadgets

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1428

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Dickie D is back and has more from the Interbike Bike Show. Seatylock may seem like a strange name for a product, but it does describe exactly what this gadget is! Every bike needs a comfortable seat, and a secure lock. Well, Seatylock is both! The removable seat features a hidden extendable series of inter-locking hardened steel links which can be unfolded and used to secure the bicycle, frame, tire and of course the attached seat, to a sturdy external object.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1426

Dick DeBartolo

The GeoWheel makes pedaling your bike optional by replacing your regular front wheel with a GeoOrbital. The Wheel was developed by engineers from SpaceX and Ford. The breakthrough design of the GeoOrbital wheel is an evolution of the electric bike. It is by far the most powerful in its class, affordable, and easy to use and install. There is no need to install or configure any apps - simply clip on the throttle and use it like a gas pedal. The harder you press, the faster you go. The 500W motor puts out twice the power of an Olympic cyclist. Pedal if you want, sit back if you don't.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1424

Kano's fun new Pixel Kit lets kids learning coding through bright, moving LED lights. They can build their own games, animations, and art. Kano says: Open the box, pop out the pieces. Buttons, board, battery, and more. Build the Pixel Kit step by step, page by page, just like Lego. Connect to your computer and download the Kano App. Step-by-step challenges show you how to learn code. Connect blocks and see the effects instantly. Simple for beginners, expansive for experts. Build your own games. Create characters, make them run and jump. Add logic and scoreboards.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1422

This week's gadget is an oldie but a goodie. The Griffin PowerMate USB control knob. Leo talked about it in 2006. It's now 2017, eleven years later and it's still available for sale! Plus there's a new Bluetooth version. First here's an explanation of what it does from Griffin: It spins like a knob. It clicks like a mouse. But it's so much more. You can use PowerMate USB to edit home movies, or scroll through long documents, or create your next audio masterpiece. How can PowerMate USB be this cool?

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Episode 1420

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For those that like to make videos with a smartphone, then check out the Movo Smartphone Video Rig with a Stereo Microphone, Grip Handle, & Wrist Strap. (It's also available without the microphone kit for under $30.) This kit is designed to improve the production value of smartphone video by letting one add mics, lights, a tripod, etc. Perfect for live-streaming, vlogging, interviews, performances, etc. (There are three female 1/4" threads for mounting accessories and tripod.) Also an integrated cold shoe mount microphone & lights.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1418

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This neat little gadget is called Port O Pill. And the company boasts: Pills + Water / Anytime, Anywhere! Never get caught without water or medication again. Leak-resistant, refillable container. Now the company says “Holds up to 10 pills” but that will surely depend the kind of pills. Chances are you'll carry this with just the pills you need for one day. Carrying only 1.5 ounces of water, it meets FAA plane rules for carry-on liquids. It's small enough for a backpack, purse, glove box, and maybe a pocket if you're wearing cargo pants. BPA Free and top rack dishwasher safe.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1416

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The Rosewill Compact Countertop Ice Maker can make ice cubes in about 8 minutes. They're more like ice-shaped bullets that are hidden at the center. You start the process by pouring water into the unit and selecting 'large or small' cubes. It makes the cubes in little batches and takes about an hour or more to fill the small ice tray. But they chill drinks quickly and don't get stuck together when sitting in the ice tray. Since this is not connected to a water supply it's perfect for a small RV, boat, kitchen, etc. It just needs a 110V outlet that accepts a 3-prong plug.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1414

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Every back-to-school season requires students to find a backpack. Dick found a unique backpack with a couple of unique features that is also incredibly inexpensive. It's the Inateck Laptop Backpack. It's good-looking and the company says it's made from waterproof, scratch-resistant, anti-tear special nylon fabric. It's also the first backpack with a slip-on waterproof cover. It's like a elastic slip-on raincoat for your backpack and it's included in the price.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1412

Dick DeBartolo

Just in time for back-to-school, Dickie D has a gadget for students! Use just a tablet with this portable keyboard called the iClever Ultra Slim Wireless Keyboard. It's a tri-folding, aluminum alloy keyboard with Bluetooth and 3-color backlight. And, as the company points out, it's for iOS, Windows PC, Tablets, and Smartphones. You have your choice of using it wirelessly via Bluetooth 3.0, or you can have a wired connection to ordinary USB-enabled devices. It's full size, and folds to fit easily in the included carry bag.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1410

Dick DeBartolo

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.