Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Paul got an eye tracker to help his paralyzed friend use the computer, but he's wondering if there is a way his friend could utilize home automation to turn things on and off. Most of these things are iOS or Android based, and he wants to know of something that is Microsoft-based. As long as it can be clicked with a mouse, he could use it.
Joe wants to create a virtual windshield with TVs and GoPro cameras on his boat. Leo says that's crazy talk. But his complaint is that sport fishing boats don't have windshields. Sea spray would kill the TVs, so Leo wouldn't advise putting them on the deck -- it would be much better to have them in the cabin instead.
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.
Duke wants to be able to rip his LPs and burn them to CDs. His turntable is a good one, but he doesn't know how to get it into the computer. Leo says that turntables are unbalanced. He'd need a preamp with a turntable connection. He should turn the amp on the turntable setting and then connect the amp into the computer, which has a minijack in, which would require an adapter.
A legit $59 Windows tablet? Leo says yes! It's the WinBook TW700, a tablet that runs Windows 8.1 with 16GB of storage, an SD card slot for more storage, and 1GB of RAM. It has a 1280x800 display. Leo is pretty impressed with it.
The negatives are the terrible cameras, but it's good enough for Skype. Dell's tablet gives you a keyboard for $20 more. A great first computer. And it comes with a year's subscription to Microsoft Office 365 and cloud storage!
Eric wants to know how to image his hard drive onto a replacement drive.
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With news that Lenovo has been caught using man in the middle attacks to insert adware into user browsers, Leo says that we must send a strong message to them that this is unacceptable. Lenovo claims the Superfish "add-on" was only added to consumer products to provide targeted ads in browsers, but Leo says it's malware and it deliberately violates the trust between consumers and manufacturers.
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.
Dwayne misses the days of having an actual user manual. Leo says those days are long gone. Everything is to be found online. Dwayne also says there's an app for Android he wants to put on his computer. Is that dangerous?
Leo says that Android is safe because it's largely an emulator that runs programs, so it's easy to run Virtual Machine, or Bluestacks and run it. But it's a bit disappointing because emulators don't use the Google store, so the availability of apps is limited. He could sideload the .APK file, though.
Doug has a laptop and he can't see anything on the screen. Leo says there are a few things that can cause that. First, he should shine a light on it. If he can see the faint ghosting of Windows, then the backlight in the laptop has gone bad. It could also be that the ribbon cable that connects the LCD to the laptop has broken. That's an easy fix. If his laptop has a video out connection, he should try connecting it to an external monitor. If he can see Windows then, he will know it's a bad screen. The motherboard may be bad, too.