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.
Visiting SEMA 2015 this week, Dickie D saw a pair of cool gadgets for under $10. The included:
SuperVizor XT - a safety tool designed by a paramedic that enables someone to cut themselves out of a seatbelt after an accident. It fits on your visor above your head, so it's easy to get to. It can also break a window to get out. Available in four colors. $9.99 at Avi's website: statgeartools.com/
Dick went to the Special Equipment Manufacturer's Association (SEMA) show and they had a custom 3D printed car! Called the LM3D Swim, the idea is if you have a fender bender, you just reprint what's broken. It uses a combination of plastic and carbon fiber. Leo says it looks like a dune buggy. It's got an electric motor and will be available in 2017 for $53,000. We're getting to the point where anything can be 3D printed and imagine being able to custom design your own car.
This week's gadget is MAX, a low cost safety and security alarm which changes tones in case someone can't hear the higher toned alarm. It has a built in motion detector that can sound an alarm and set off a bright light when it detects movement. You can use it as a nightlight that goes on when you get out of bed as well (with no alarm, of course.)
This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz are the Pivothead Smart Glasses. These are not only cool sunglasses, but they also record 1080p HD video hands free! The camera is located in between the lenses of the sunglasses and it's not very obvious that it's there. There is 16GB of internal memory and you can add removable micro SD memory with mods. Interchangeable fuel mods let you continuously add replaceable power to the glasses. You also control your glasses wirelessly from your smartwatch, smartphone, & more. Quick Pairing instantly pair via Bluetooth with integrated NFC.
This week's gadget is from SnapPower, which is an easy to install Night Light and USB charger. By taking out one little screw, you remove your existing plate and get a USB charger or LED guide lights. And there's no wiring. The tabs inside snap over the screws for the electric wires and they supply the power. It's pretty genius. It costs $15-20.
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Dick was shown the Vizio Reference series 65" and 120" series 4K HFR TVs. The 120" version will cost $130,000! But the 65" is more affordable at $6,000. Leo says that Vizio started off as an affordable TV brand, but they've recently been going up to the premium level of late thanks to that Reference series. But $130,000?! For that price, customers will also receive immediate access to certain Warner Bros. Home Entertainment 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision mastered titles via the popular video on-demand streaming service, Vudu.
The Giz Wiz learned about a printer called the Epson EcoTank printer, which offers up to 8500 color prints for up to two years of printing before refilling. Leo says he's been using it and it works great.
(Disclaimer: Epson is a sponsor)
This week's gadget may be the last for Quirky, as they've filed for bankruptcy. Known as the crowdfunder for inventors, you could join for $10 and submit an idea. If Quirky liked it, they would get it made. So the gadget is the Quirky Pivot Power. It features six pivoting outlets to accommodate plugs and adapters of all shapes and sizes. It can bend to hug furniture so it's easy to place just about anywhere. Even the 4-foot extension cord has a flat, 45-degree plug so it doesn't hog outlet space. The bending outlets solve a big problem. You know the deal.
This week's gadget is the Nite Ize Powerkey Mini Power Cord and stylus. It's a key chain based power cord which will charge your micro USB or Lightning device. It's durable and sleekly designed to attach to your key chain. Simply pop open the protective cover, and plug in to charge or sync. There's a micro USB version for most Android phones and a Lightning version for Apple products. MSRP for the Apple Lightning connector is $24.99, and the Micro USB is a lot less at $14.99. Leo says he has one on his key chain.