This week's gadget from Dickie D is the Lenovo ThinkPad STACK. it's a modular computer accessory stack that provides with a 2x2 watt Bluetooth speaker with noise-canceling microphone, a dual port 10,000 mAh power bank that can simultaneously charge two USB-equipped devices, mobile storage via a 1TB USB 3.0 HDD and an access point that Lenovo says provides stable and fast WiFi anywhere.They connect magnetically and pass power and data through them. The entire STACK weighs 1.9 pounds, but you may not need to carry all 4 devices at any one time.
With the release of the new trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, Dickie D thought it would be fun to highlight some cool Star Wars themed gadgets for the kitchen.
Star Wars: BBQ Tongs: Vader's Lightsaber. Bring the Dark Side to your BBQ with Lord Vader’s very own BBQ tongs! Retail price around $40. Available in retailers such as: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, F.Y.E., Hastings, Hot Topic, and Thinkgeek.
Dick's Giz Wiz entry this week is an RV. The NY International Car Show is in town and he saw the Mercedes Benz Self Driving car. Interesting because it has a feature where it will drive around if you can't find a parking spot. But what really caught his eye was the American Coach American Eagle motor home. 43’ motor homes with extending sidewalls with 450 square feet. $695,000.
Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/c5pqGfw61mE
This weeks' gadget is from the Luxury Technology show. And Dick brings back the Clio Invisible Speaker by Clearview Audio. It's an 80% clear acrylic glass shee with a 20% base bluetooth speaker. A thin, clear and beautiful Bluetooth speaker that harnesses the power of Edge Motion Technology to produce rich, room-filling panoramic sound from a gracefully curved acrylic glass membrane. $349.00
Dickie D continues his gadget tour of the Global Pet Expo with the Pawz Safe Spot Leash. About 2 million dogs are stolen each year and the Safespot Leash allows you to lock down your pet when you have to leave him outside while shopping. It has a steel cable strap and locks on both ends, while the collar remains adjustable. It's available at Petco for about $70, but you can also get it at Amazon with free shipping for $61.
PetChatz lets pet owners remotely hear, see, greet and treat their pets from anywhere, anytime, through their computer, tablet, or smartphone. The two-way color camera, microphone, and speaker lets users check-in and talk to their pet through the PetChatz device. It connects to the home Wi-Fi network. And finally they connect to the device remotely by logging onto PetChatz.com on a computer, or downloading the PetChatz app on a smartphone or tablet.
Dickie D went to the Global Pet Expo and he came across a nifty gadget called the Pet Mate Doors. The one he saw was the Cat Mate Elite microchip cat door, which uses RFID technology to give your animal access to the inside of your house. You can easily program it to register the RFID chip that is already inside the pet, or you can use an RFID chip on a dog collar. The door will lock according to a preset time you set. It will also let the owner know with an arrow if the pet is in or out. Can work with up to 9 separate cats or dogs.
Another gadget from Toy Fair isn't a toy at all -- it's the IO Hawk, a kind of Segway-like device that works like a skateboard. It has no handlebar, and weighs only 22 lbs. You just get on it and lean forward or backward. Top speed is about 6.2 MPH. It can go 10-12 miles on a single 3 hour charge. It even has headlights and taillights.The only indicator on the IO Hawk is an LED battery monitor which you can see when you look down.
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.