This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz is an oldie but a goodie. It's the Ohio Art Etch-A-Sketch! Yep, the one you played with as a kid. Dickie D found it again at this year's toy far and it's remained unchanged for more than 55 years. Over 150 million Etch-A-Sketch units have been sold in those 55 years and it's still going strong. Ohio Art, the parent companys, says Etch-A-Sketch is great for kids ages 4 years and up. It’s available in several different sizes, colors, and prices, from about $10 to $30+, but it works the same it did as when it first came into the marketplace 55 years ago.
This week's gadget is a favorite of Leo's ... the Anki Overdrive Slot Car set. The track has no slot and they use optical sensors and bluetooth control to play. And this is the next generation, which you can connect module track to create original track racing designs with ramps, loops, and more. Anki OVERDRIVE Supercars are high-tech, intelligent vehicles that keep learning as they play. Built in computers combined with visual sensors make sure you stay on track even during the most legendary battle moments.
This week's gadget is the Portable Induction 2X stove from FagorAmerica. Induction cooking is the most efficient way to cook. The 2X utilizes 90% of the energy produced and the cooking surface remains cool to the touch. There are no open flames, smoke, or gas emissions. It has an easy-to-read digital display, as well as all touch controls. The 2X cooktop recognizes the base of the cookware and directly heats only the diameter of the pot, saving you energy and money. An automatic shut off feature will turn unit off if no cookware is detected and there’s also a child safety lock.
This week's gadget is the TreVolo portable electrostatic bluetooth speaker by BenQ. It’s the world's first portable Bluetooth speaker with electrostatic technology. Many music enthusiasts feel electrostatic technology delivers superior sound quality. But electrostatic speakers have been big and power hungry. Now, thanks to BenQ, that’s no longer true.
This week's gadget is a selfie stick that comes with a Bluetooth remote control for under $10. It's called the UFCIT Extendable Selfie Handheld Stick Monopod with Adjustable Phone Holder and Bluetooth Wireless Remote Shutter. It works for both iPhone and Android.
The Bluetooth shutter button alone will set you back $30, so it's a deal! And with Amazon Prime, you get free shipping.
Dickie D is back with the Pet Cube. It's a device that allows you to play with your dog over the Internet. It allows owners to watch, talk, and play with their pet from their smartphone thanks to a built in wide-angle (138º) camera along with real time HD video. You can also talk to your pet as the camera has a built-in microphone and speaker. And you can control a laser pointer so you can move it around via remote and play with them through the Petcube mobile app on your smartphone. It's available for Android and iOS. You can also take pictures with it. $199.00.
Dickie D is back from CES in Vegas and there's one gadget he thought was perfect for the tech guy. It's called the Zolt Laptop Charger Plus, and it's the world's smallest and lightest laptop charger that can charge just about any laptop out there. The Zolt has 3 USB ports built-in that allow it to charge multiple gadgets at the same time.
The last gadget of 2014 that the Giz Wiz brings to the Tech Guy is a preview of what we'll see at CES next month -- The Visijax Commuter Jacket. Designed for the bicyclist to ride at night, the Visijax Commuter Jacket has 23 integrated high intensity LED lights that show motion-activated, self-canceling turn indicators, brake lights, and other features. It has a USB rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, which when charged can power the jacket for up to 30 hours. Leo says this is an amazing and life saving device. Very smart. The price will be about $170.
This week's gadget will help you get fit and rock out at the same time. The TalkBand B1 is an exercise band that has a pop out Bluetooth headset. The integrated Bluetooth earpiece with 1.4 inch OLED display features accept and reject buttons for phone calls. Want to accept a call and talk? Push a button and pop-out the Bluetooth earpiece.
As an activity tracker, it can automatically track steps, distance, and calories burned; in sleep tracking mode it automatically tracks sleep time and quality. It’s Bluetooth 4.1 as well as NFC for easy pairing.
This week's gadget by Dickie D promises to help you break bad habits. It's a smart watch that sends a shock through your body if you engage in a habit you want to break. Pavlok uses an ecosystem of apps that will run on both your computer and phone. These apps can track and monitor any number of things that you choose. For example, the Pavlok Fit app will allow users to select their gym from a list of gyms in their area. Then, using the geo-location on your phone, Pavlok can tell when you go to the gym and how long you stay for. Don’t go to the gym? Shock (up to 340 volts)!