Gadgets

The GizWiz is shocking

Episode 1157

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. The BenQ treVolo design, with its collapsible wings and bi-directional sound, captures an incredible range of sounds.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1153

Dick DeBartolo

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.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1147

Dick DeBartolo

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.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1145

Dick DeBartolo

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.

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1141

Dick DeBartolo

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)!

The Giz Wiz ... Cooked

Episode 1137

There's a new gadget called Nomiku which does sous-vide cooking, which cooks in warm water. Anything from eggs to steaks and everything in-between. Most Sous-vide machines costs thousands but the Nomiku is $299. You seal the ingredients in a plastic pouch to make sure there is no air inside. You can use a bag sealer, or just Ziploc-type bags. Food is cooked in constant temperature circulating water for minutes or hours or sometimes days. There is a discounted price of $299 available on the company website with shipping in 6 to 8 weeks. (As of 11/20/14). But wait, there’s more!

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1131

This week's gadget from the GizWiz is The Spark. It's a watch that has a camera and it watches you to make sure you don't fall asleep while you're at work at school. Spark uses motion-tracking algorithms developed in conjunction with sleep researchers to analyze an individual’s motion patterns throughout the day. Using this data, the watch can detect when its user has fallen asleep at an inconvenient time. If it sees you nodding off, it vibrates to take you back up. The preorder price is $49, while retail will be $79.