Gadgets

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1073

This week's gadgets come from Satechi and include the Smart Monitor Stand F1 with four USB 2.0 Ports and Headphone/Microphone Ports in the front, making it easy to plug in when you need to, rather than reach behind your computer. It's aluminum alloy legs can support devices up to 22 lbs according to Satechi. Also included in the box are 2 audio cables - 1 for microphone, 1 for headphones, and a USB cable, provided to connect your computer to the F1 Stand. It costs $39.99.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1065

Dick DeBartolo

Dick says that while it's been around for awhile, he just got an IOGEAR 2 Port USB Cable KVM Switch with Audio and Mic connections. He uses it to switch between computers and still use the same monitor and keyboard. Leo says he's used them for years and they just plain work! Dick says it took five minutes to install. There are no additional cables or software needed. You don’t need a power supply either; it’s just plug & play. It's $26, or $17 without the audio connection.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1059

WowWeeMip

Dickie D went to the New York Toy Fair and came across WowWee's MiP robot. It's like a droid meets a segway. Equipped with GestureSense technology, you can use hand motion controls to control MiP. You can also program it to do up to 100 movements in a row. They have a built in speaker and a built in microphone. They can dance to music that’s on your smartphone, which will play right on the MiP, or MiP can dance to external music and follow the beat heard through its internal mic.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1057

The Giz Wiz

This week's gadget from Dickie D is the BigRep One 3D printer. It's so huge that it can print furniture! It's a a full-scale format 3D printer with an 1147 x 1000 x 1188 mm (1.4 m³) working volume. In inches, that’s approximately 45” X 39” X 47”, or 49 cubic feet of printing volume. It'll also print several objects at once as long as they are within the area of the printing plate. It takes nine different printing filaments. BigRep One should start shipping in April 2014 and costs $39,000, not including shipping or taxes.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1053

The Giz Wiz

Dickie D is back with the Anker Astro Pro (2nd Generation) backup battery. This is a 15000mAh battery pack, which holds enough power to charge smartphones 4 to 7 times and tablets 1 to 2 times before it needs to be recharged itself. The Astro Pro identifies what device you want charged and enables the best charging configuration for it thanks to a built-in chip. You can charge up to three devices at the same time.