Today, the Giz Wiz has a great gadget for your pets! It's called the Litter Robot, and it's an open-air automatic cat litter box. It sifts waste and clumps out, dropping the waste in a receptacle below. It also has a night light, control panel, and an app that notifies you when your cat is using the litter box. It has 4.6 stars out of five stars on Amazon with a retail price is $449.00.
The latest gizmo for coffee lovers is the Ember Tech Coffee Mug, which keeps your coffee at your preferred temperature, and you can adjust the temperature up or down. Ember’s patented temperate-control technology combines a phase change cooling system with an active heating system, creating the world’s most precise temperature controlling mug. Leak-proof and highly portable, Ember will keep your coffee or tea at the perfect temperature for up to two hours on the go or all day long when used with included charging coaster. Ember is currently available for pre-orders on Indiegogo.
The Zolt is a tiny 3 oz device that can charge your laptop, cellphone, tablet, the works. The plug folds up into the base and can rotate 90°. It's an easy way to carry less with adapters. you can even get an optional magsafe adapter or up to seven other styles for $20 extra. Leo says the convenience of it is fantastic. $99.
Dickie D joins us with the Kangaroo. It only costs $100. Now, it's not a marsupial, it's a Windows 10 machine. The smallest personal portable PC on the market. It offers a Windows Hello fingerprint reader, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and an integrated battery. It's powered by an Intel Cherrytrail (Z8500) processor and has 32GB of memory, along with a micro SD card slot to add more. It's available at Newegg.com, the Microsoft Store Online and a few other retail locations for $99.00.
Fresh from Las Vegas, The Giz Wiz Dick DeBartolo survived CES. He goes to look for the really off-beat stuff. It's easier for him because he can avoid all the mainstream tech. The huge thing he saw was Hoverboards. Everyone had them and they all called them the SegWay without a handle. But he went to Segway and found the Segway Mini Pro, which is controlled by your legs back and forth to steer hands free. It also has inflatable rubber tires. It has a top speed of 10 MPH. It's also Bluetooth connected and you can controll it via a smartphone app. $1500.
This week's gadget is the Lomography Instant Camera. Apparently, young people think instant print Polaroids are the greatest thing and Lomo is putting out their own. It comes with a super wide angle and you can adjust the shutter and add lenses. It's quite a unique device. They've raised over a million dollars on Kickstarter for it.
The Giz Wiz has a new gadget called the Electrohom Retro Clock Radio. It looks like a traditional bell alarm clock, but the bells do double duty as night lights which can slowly wake you by increasing the light. It automatically sets the time and date via GPS, and has 20 station presets for your favorite radio stations. Cost is $35 at Amazon.
This week's gadget is great for kids. It's called SuperMoon in my Room. It's a 13" 3D Moon that you hang in your room and it acts as a night light. But it mimmicks what the real moon is doing outside. It stays on for about 10 minutes and auto shuts off. Watch it automatically match the real moon outside each night in 12 lunar phases. Its soft moonlight, solar eclipse light mode, and different sound effects makes an inspiring centerpiece for any room. The built-in electronic lunar clock will automatically match the real moon outside! Authentic moon detail is 3D.
This week's gadget is a Keurig machine for soft drinks. The Keurig Kold uses the same style of "K cup" pods but for soft drinks like Coke and carbonates the water as well through the pods as well and chills the soda to 39 degrees. But it's not small like the coffee maker, but it's still a great option. The machine is $299.00, and the pods are four for about $5.00. That means each 8 ounce soda serving is $1.25! Ouch That's not cheap. I'm not sure people will pay as much for a 'fresh' soda as they will for a 'fresh' cup of coffee. Time will tell how successful Keurig Kold will be.
This weeks' gadget are holiday lights that you leave up all year long and change the colors for each holiday via your smartphone. Called AppLights, these lights strands not only change color, but have over 140 different effects. The result is a custom light show for any holiday. LED bulb life is expected to be about 20,000 hours. They're available in traditional look C-bulbs, icicle lights, spotlights, candy cane, or kaleidoscope (projection) lights. Each version is under $60, and they're exclusive at Home Depot.