This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz is the PowerUp 3.0 Bluetooth Controlled Paper Airplane. It can be controlled from your smartphone via bluetooth and it has an small battery powered motor with 15 minutes of flight time and a 160 foot range. Fold your airplane, charge the module, and you can fly it! And it was such a great idea that the creator raised $1.2 million on Kickstarter for it! $49.95
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.
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.
This week's gadget is called TWO HANDS II. TwoHands II from Felix opens wide to hold small and large tablets, ereaders and even smart phone in landscape or portrait mode. And you can adjust it by sliding it up or down, it lets you find the angle that’s best for working or viewing. You can find it on Amazon under $20. And if you’re an Amazon Prime member, shipping is free.
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.
The Giz Wiz is back and this week he brings along the PowerPot, a camping stove pot that you boil water in and will charge your smart phone at the same time! It contains a lightweight thermoelectric generator that converts heat into DC electrical power. The company says their 5 volt PowerPot will charge cell phones, GPS units, iPods, and lithium ion batteries, or will run speakers, lights, fans, and other low-power USB appliances. It comes with 3 feet of heat resistant cable. $149.00
3Doodler allows people to create amazing 3D objects without the restrictions of complicated software. The pen melts mini-plastic straw and can build things by painting with plastic. Dick says there's a learning curve, but it's great fun.
They're also planning on silicone accessories to help make 3D designs. It's $99 with 25 10" pieces of filament. Leo says you probably go through them like crazy!
Find out more at www.the3doodler.com/
A few years back, Chris bought a FloTV, which took CES by storm with the potential of mobile television. It eventually died, but he made a few hundred off it when they closed the business. Now Chris wants to know if there's anything he could use it for. Leo says not really. There isn't anything on the net, at least. But at least Chris got a few months of use and even made some cash on it! Leo says that's why you should take emerging technologies at CES with a grain of salt.
Dick DeBartolo is back from CES and he saw a lot of the same old stuff. But he did see the Mophie Space Pack, which offers additional storage. Leo says it's a great case and a great name. He also saw EyeLock MYIRIS, which is an eye scanning video security device. And it's near impenetrable. $300, and will be available early Spring. He saw some low cost 4K TVs and monitors, for under $1000, some with touch. They looked great, and have come down significantly in price. He also saw Bluetooth light bulbs with speakers.
Dickie D is back with the first gadget of the year, and it's the Panono throwable ball camera. It has several cameras all around it and is simple to use - you throw it in the air, and at its highest point all the 36 cameras fire simultaneously to capture a richly detailed panorama of everything, in every direction, including the photographer. It is available to pre-order at a discounted price of $499 on Indiegogo.com for the next week.