On this page is, or will be, all the gadgets & gizmos Leo & I talked about on the Daily Giz Wiz during the month of April, 2009. The newest shows are at the TOP of the page
Daily Giz Wiz, Week of April 27th
Monday, April 27th, 2009, Netcast 816
Utility knifes donít have to be scary!
My fear about utility knifes is that someone is going to put one in my tool without retracting the blade completely. Then while reaching around for tools Iím going to cut myself. Ouch!! That shouldnít happen with the new Rapid Edge from Rapid Tools. Itís features heavy-duty die-cast construction with excellent ergonomic comfort Ė BUT it has a feature that I think is great! Itís called SafeíTíVue. As soon as the blade tip comes out, an LED light alert comes on! It also features a SlideíníLock button so you can have different secure cutting blade lengths. The light does more than just alert you to the exposed blade; itís great for cutting carpet, drywall, etc. in dark corners of your home. The LED light illuminates the area youíre working in. It makes it easy to follow any line youíre cutting along. It includes 3-patented Rapid Edge serrated blades. And the cost is $8 or less.
Rapid Tools also makes the Shark. Itís the first & only tool to combine a utility knife with a wire stripper. It comes with 5 Rapid Edge blades, their own the patented, serrated blade that lasts longer & cuts easier. The pliers-style, wire-stripper grip locks securely into the body of the knife when not in use. Thereís a spring-loaded wire cutter that opens easily and cuts comfortably. The precision ground stripping holes easily remove insulation from 10 to 18 gauge wires. And built in also is a wire cutter & crimper. The one-button, quick blade change is easy & saves time. No tools required to change the blades. And the four-blade storage compartment opens wide for easy blade access. Itís under $20.
Another Turn the Table & Leo gives a plug to the Pogo Plug
This is a gizmo I showed on World News Now some time back. But when I showed it, it was just in the prototype stage. I had to return my unit right after the show, but Leo was the first person I know of to buy the final ready-for-market production Pogo Plug. And Leo says he loves it! Pogo Plug lets you get files from your home or office computer Ė depending on where you set it up -- from anywhere in the world via the Internet. The set up is easy. You plug an external hard drive or even a USB Flash drive into a USB port on the bottom of this device. Then you run a cable from the Pogo Plug to your router. Then plug Pogo Plug into an AC out. Thatís it. Now where you can get files you need from your device over the Internet. You access it via the Pogo Plug website. Using the included software you drag & drop files into the Pogo Plug icon on your desktop and then those files become available via the Internet. Cost is $99
Can you believe Ė a hand operated washing machine?
Itís call Wonder Wash. It washes a 5-lb. load in just a couple of minutes. It has a patented pressure system that forces detergent into the fabric at high speed for a fast, efficient, economic and very easy wash. This sounded a little strange to me, so the company sent me a Wonder Wash to try. Surprise! It does work. My socks needed to be washed a second time, but the t-shirts and underwear came out perfectly clean! Itís geared toward campers, single people and even for the housewife with small frequent loads like hand washables and diapers. As you can guess it uses far less water than even hand washing. Size? 12" x 12" x 16" (L x W x H) According to the company, the Wonder Wash washes: 7-8 dress shirts or 10 T-shirts or 30 pairs of socks or 2-3 pairs of blue jeans. You put warm or hot water into the drum, put on the lid and screw it tight. The air inside the drum absorbs the heat of the water and expands which creates pressure inside the drum. The pressure forces the detergent (which is diluted into the water) into & through the fabric (which is porous) about 100 times faster than you could by hand or machine. You can try it for yourself too. They offer a 30-day, no-hassle money back guarantee. The price is good too. $42.95
A companion to the Wonder Wash --- The Mini Countertop Spin Dryer
When I first heard about Mini Spin Dryer I wondered how much drying it could do when it only uses 82 watts! And only costs $69.95. But then I read this notice from the company: Important: please note that this is a spin dryer, not a regular tumble dryer. It extracts much more water from the clothes than a regular washing machine spin cycle; they come out slightly damp. So it doesnít dry your clothes completely which would require probably 1500 watts. But after using both the washer & the spin dryer, I see they are a great combination. The clothes come out of the Spin Dryer damp and you might want to hang them up for an hour or so to dry more. Some felt dry enough to immediately press. That way the ironing would finish they drying process. But it does works in only 2-3 minutes. The drum is translucent so you can see the water flying out of the clothes as the drum spins. Itís really neat. You have to balance the load carefully since this is a very small unit that weighs just 11 pounds. It has a 2.2 lb capacity (about 1-2 pairs of jeans per load). And itís fast spinning at 1600 rpmís. Itís compact, measuring 13.5" x 13.5" x 15". For tiny apartments, for single people, for people who want to use very little power the Wonder Wash & Spin Dryer is a perfect combination. The Spin Dyer is $69.95.
Letís go back just about seven years to the summer of 2002. Compaq introduces the Compaq Evo 500 Ultra-slim mini tower. This mini tower was one of the first of a new generation of computers that were up to 75% smaller than standard computer towers. It was powered by a1.3-GHz Celeron processor, and had a 20GB hard drive, and a 128 or 256MB of RAM. Price started at $699.00 The CNET review is still on line and here are a few lines from that: ďThe D500 can sit horizontally as a desktop or vertically as a tower (Compaq provides a stand for the latter position). Inside lies Intel's latest 1.3GHz Celeron, along with 128MB of SDRAM and an Intel 815e graphics chipset. A roomy 5,400rpm, 20GB hard drive completes the basic setup. The stock 24X CD-ROM drive can pop out to make room for a US$189 DVD-ROM drive, a US $249 CD-RW drive, a US $99 floppy drive, or even a second US $160 10GB hard drive.ď Amazing, isnít it, that an additional 10 GB hard drive would be $160.00! The 15Ē matching flat screen monitor added $499! And for about $150 more, you could buy a stand that would hold the monitor & mini-tower together. Imagine what you can buy today for that same amount of money!
This is as far as we're recorded so far. Older April shows are below. For years of older DGW shows, click on menu bars top left.
Daily Giz Wiz, Week of April 20th, 2009 Monday, April 20th, 2009, Netcast 811 The MINI Cooper adds an electric version, the MINI E.
Leo is still looking for a small car for his teenage daughter, Abby. At the NY Auto Show I looked the Smart Car, which is really small. Leo feels itís a bit too small for his daughterís needs, so heís looking for something a bit bigger. I like the Mini-Cooper and at the Auto show I saw the new Mini E, the all-electric version. Itís not on sale yet, but thereís a pilot program offering loan agreements to select companies and customers in California, New Jersey, and New York. 500 cars will be available at the initial introduction, about half on each coast. I spoke to one of the project managers of the Mini E and he gave me some facts and figures. He said the car is capable of going 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 95 mph. The car can run 100 to 150 miles on one charge depending on driving conditions. I asked if the Mini-E could be charged anyplace there was AC power. It turns out that it can only be charged at its own charging station which is included in the lease price. BMW will install the system in your garage. (You must have a garage to be considered for a lease!) The battery pack weighs 573 pounds, which pretty much takes up all the room behind the front seat. But there still is some room for storage in the trunk area. Charge times can be as little as 2.9 hours with the supplied 240-volt 48-amp wall box. 110-volt household power really isnít an option because it would take almost 24 hours to fully recharge the Lithium-ion batteries. Power for the Mini-E is a 150 kW (204 hp) electric motor, which is 100% emission free. And now for the bad news. If accepted Ė you fill out an application online - itís a one year closed end lease. The price is Ė $850 a month! And you provide your own liability insurance, while BMW provides the collision insurance.
Shooting HD Video and transferring it to your computer?
Leo said transferring high def video to a computer can sometimes take longer than ďreal timeĒ. Image it taking four hours to copy two hours of high def Video. Thatís why Leo likes his Elgato Turbo.264 HD. I donít own one, so hereís some info from the companyís website. This USB stick is the fast and easy way to convert HD camcorder clips and other videos to a format that can be played on an iPod , iPhone , and Apple TV , and shared on the web. Turbo.264 HD is an encoder and accelerator that converts all popular video formats, including HD camcorder video, to a high-quality H.264 file in standard or HD resolutions. It is incredibly fast and comes with an easy-to-use software application.H.264 is the universal video compression standard that can be played on an iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, gaming consoles, selected smartphones, and on the web. It offers extremely high quality video in small file sizes. This is a MAC only device. See link after the listen link for PC version that Leo recommended as doing pretty much the same thing. Itís $149.00. Itís about $15 less at the Amazon link below. I donít know anything about this company. I found it by searching for a lower price via Google.
Happy Earth Day! To celebrate, hereís a green gadget. (It costs some green too, but itís neat!)
Way, way back on Daily Giz Wiz 144 I talked about The Voltaic Solar Backpack. It uses solar panels to charge a battery pack inside the backpack. That product is still available, but now theyíve added the Voltaic Generator. This is the first solar bag powerful enough to charge a laptop! The built-in high-efficiency solar cells charge a custom designed battery pack. It will also charge cell phones and most other hand held electronics. The solar panel generates up to 15 watts using 20% efficient cells. Thatís enough to fully charge the Voltaic battery in about 5 hours according to the company. The battery pack stores the equivalent of a typical laptop charge and automatically delivers the required output voltages. It's shipped with many common adaptors for connection to laptops, phones and other handheld devices. An optional reconfigured MagSafe adapter is available for MacBooks. Weight: 4.5 lbs (2,050 grams) including solar panel and battery. Dimensions: 17"x12"x 3.5" (43x31x9cm) It will hold up to a 17" MacBook Pro. And this is neat: An indicator light inside the handle glows to show when the panels are generating a charge. Even the fabrics are made from recycled PET (soda bottles), which is tough, water resistant and eco-friendly. A note of caution: Some laptop brands do not charge via the Voltaic Generator, so check the companyís website for more info. Returns will be accepted for refund of any bags in new condition for up to 60 days from purchase. $499.00
If you like to build your own solar project, hereís more interesting news from the company: Voltaic has spent a lot of time designing high quality solar panels, batteries, adapters and other components for our solar bags. We encourage you to use our components for your own solar project. If you are willing to provide us with pictures or links of the finished product, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description. We will give a wholesale discounts on all components. Let us also know if there are parts you need but do not see here.
Back on March 7th, 2009, I talked about the Porter Case. It was on Dickís Gadget Warehouse Friday. The Porter Case is a clever rolling suitcase that converts to a cart so you can pile your other luggage on top. The original Porter Case is still available, but itís a bit pricey at about $300. But the company has come out with a more affordable line of Porter Cases PCX Lite Line. I recently started using the Porter Case PCX Lite 21" Standard Case w/Cart. Like the other suitcases in the line, the PCX can still be used as a cart, but thereís an extra easy step for the conversion. On the lower price line you disconnect the handle and reconnect it in a different place. Itís very easy to do and the new easier engineering cuts the cost of the bag to about $149.00. It carries a little less weight than the original, about 100 pounds Ė but how much stuff do you have?? It fits easily into the overhead bin on an airplane with no problem. One side of the case has a semi-hard construction to carry the 100 pounds on top. Wide high flotation ball bearing wheels make it easy to navigate and thereís a single button control extension handle. Thereís a solid 5/16" steel axle, bag liner with lid elastic cross over strap, and side & end carry handles. I like this suitcase a lot.
Dickís Gadget Warehouse Friday, April 24th, 2009, Netcast 815
One of the first video projectors, but wait until you read the specs!
Okay, itís 1993 Ė16 years ago Ė and the Fujix p701 Portable Video Projector hits the market. (Fujix is a division of Fuji.) On the back are RCA inputs for video and right & left audio for stereo sound. The projector has a built in handle, built in amplifier and built in speakers. But the resolution? About 320x240 powered by a 30 waat bulb! Specs list Ansi 100 lumens. Yes 100, not 1,000. It was most likely designed for use in office presentations because it has a mini plug input for an external mic with itís own volume control. The p701 also has controls for brightness, color, and tint. Thereís a manual focus 40MM lens and a tripod mount on the bottom. The front has itís own elevator screw like a slide projector. No signs of it on Google in the US, but somewhere has one for sale on Ebay in Germany. (Well on sale as on April 10th, 2009. Someone may have grabbed it by now!)
It's on EBay in Germany. Grab it quick, but read the specs first!
Acoustibuds shown installed on a pair of regular earbuds.
Daily Giz Wiz, Week of April 13th, 2009
Monday, April 13th, 2009, Netcast 806
Earphones or ear aches?
Whatís with the majority of those ear buds that are shipped with iPods, and many of other major MP3 players. The audio isnít that bad, but they seem to be designed to fit about 1% of the ears people have. I havenít met one person yet who said: ďWow, the ear buds I got with my MP3 player are SO comfortable!ď Thereís a new product that can go a long way to make those ear buds you already have, a lot more comfortable. Theyíre called Acoustibuds and they fit better, stay in the ears and improve the sound quality. John Burton, who owns the company said: ďWith all of the unique shapes and sizes of ears, achieving this goal without discomfort or the bulk of over-the-ear hooks gives our team a great sense of accomplishment. The surprise came when the twin cone core idea was added for high-fidelity acoustics and in combination with the exceptional sound isolation created by the multi-barrier fins.Ē Come on, heís the president of the company. My personal opinion? I like these a lot. Acoustibuds only come in two sizes and thatís enough. The thin, flexible silicone rubber fins are angled to assure optimum position and contact within many different types and size ears. They will not fit on every kind of earphone, however. Acoustibuds are designed to fit "flat faced" ear-buds like those that come with your iPods, iPhones, mp3 players and some cell phones. They are not developed to work with in-ear headphones. The price is good too. A retail package includes one of each of the two sizes of noise-isolating earphone adapters and two storage pouches. Price is under $15.00 Theyíre available in white or black, and can be purchased on Amazon.com.
Itís another Turn The Table Tuesday and Leo comes up with another camera gadget.
Leo loves photography and high-end cameras. He also likes long zoom lenses so he can get close in on the action. But when looking at a high power zoom lens for his Canon E5, he was taken by surprise when he saw it cost several thousand dollars. But Leo found a much more economical solution. It lets him use his current zoom lens and get 2X closer. Itís the Canon EF 2X II Extender. I donít own one of these, so hereís some info from the Amazon website. ďDesigned to double the focal length of any compatible Canon EF lens, the Canon EF 2x II extender telephoto accessory is ideal for sporting events and nature photography. The lens boasts a new seven-element design, along with the same weather-resistant and anti-reflective internal construction as the companion EF 1.4x II extender. More significantly, the extender supports autofocus with any EOS body provided the lens has an f/2.8 or faster maximum aperture.Ē Leo said people should be aware that the EF 2x II reduces the effective aperture of the lens by two stops. The EF 2x II also maintains an EOS camera's Image Stabilization technology. Cost, far less than a new zoom lens, $290.00.
The Staples Micro-Cut Shredder is an ultra-quiet, jam resistant micro-cut shredder. With its titanium cutter blades, it turns checks, statements, and documents into confetti. Thereís no worry someone is going to reassemble personal documents and steal sensitive information. Staples says the shred size is: 2/32" X 12/32Ē. I still call it confetti. A really good feature is that this device can also shred staples, credit cards, paper clips, CD's and DVD's. And it works great. I got rid of every old DVD I didnít need because itís fun watching this shredder work. This is one of the higher end models from Staples. It features a blade guard and a lockout key. I have is the 10-sheet micro cut model. It has a large 4.3 gallon bin. The viewing window glows blue when shredding and shuts off when the bin is about ĺ full. It may have been designed that way so itís easier to empty. The bin must be back in place for the shredder to operate. A 60 decibel noise level is quiet for a shredder, especially one that shreds DVDís. I like the auto shut off too. When the last paper has gone through the blades, it stops the motor. The unit is still on, with all the controls illuminated, but the motor stops. AntiJam with SmartSense technology is clever too. It prevents jams before they start. If you put in too many papers at once, it stops and flashes an icon to let you know you should put in fewer sheets. Price is $199.99, but right now there is a rebate offer of $50. I notice the rebate offer stops & then starts again, so keep your eyes on the Staples ads if youíre interested in one. Staples has a wide range of shredders all the way down to a tabletop model for about $50 or so.
Most likely you have an emergency flashlight in your car. But will it work when you need it is another story. Usually the batteries are weak or worse yet, dead. Thereís a new device, the USB Flashlight-er that not only solves the dead battery problem, but also adds an extra feature for gadget lovers. The Flashlight-er is an in-dash, rechargeable flashlight that allows you to also charge any small electronic device that uses a USB to USB adapter. Keep it plugged in to charge your phone, PDA, Blackberry, etc., and when you need a flashlight, just remove the Flashligh-er. Three LEDís automatically switch on to give you a small powerful flashlight. Michael Lifshitz, from Flashlight-er told me itís usable with all of the newest Smart phones, including the iPhone! The Flashlight-er is small so it sticks out less than an inch from the dash. Thatís much less than a typical lighter plug device. The USB Flashlight-er comes with the one-amp USB plug which should charge devices back to full power quickly. Michael said that if you plug an iPod with a dead battery into the Flashlight-er, it should come back to full strength as quickly as a home charger would take. Cost is $29.95, plus S & H. For more information, visit www.theFlashlighter.com. Hear this Netcast: www.twit.tv/dgw809 Friday, April 17th, 2009, Netcast 810
It's back to Dick's Gadget Warehouse!
Light your way to family harmony.
Here's a product from 15 years ago or thereabouts that is still for sale! Really unusual for a gadget to last that long! "Light your way to family harmony!" Thatís what it says on the Johnny-Light website: ďLighting the way to family harmonyĒ. When ďdadĒ lifts the seat, the light comes onÖit goes out when he puts the seat back downÖSo itís a good reminder for dad. Itís easy to install, with no tools needed. Thereís a hidden switch that lights toilet bowl when the toilet seat is raised and then shuts it off when the toilet seat goes down. Itís designed to end the bathroom battle of the sexes by reminding us guys to put the toilet seat down. And this part from the companyís website is pretty funny: Eliminates annoying "fall-ins"! This must happen when you go to sit down not realizing the seat is up. If I remember correctly, according to the little video on the companyís website, 45,000 people have toilet injuries every year! The Johnny-Light is a soft green, so it wonít jar your eyes in the middle of the night. DURACELL batteries included. $13.95, plus $1.75 S & H. Itís also available at Loweís. Available to buy, I don't think itís installed on the toilets there!
A Nite Lite that helps teach kids when to go to bed & when to get up!
The folks who designed the Good Nite Lite designed it for both kids and parents. The kids will love the ďmoonĒ and the ďsunĒ and the parents will like what it does to help them get more sleep in the morning. It seems that toddlers, from about age 3 to 5 or so, often wake up starting around 4 am. Then they go into their parentís room to see itís time to get up! Thatís where the Good Nite Lite comes in. It helps toddlers start to understand the concept of night and day. And it gives them some guidance as to when itís okay to get up and wake the folks. This clever device uses a simple smiling sun or moon to help young kids understand when they should be sleeping or awake! The six-inch light contains a timer that that lights up the blue sleepy moon to signify itís bedtime, and then changes to the yellow sun at a time you, the parent sets. The bright sun lets your child know itís okay to get up and wake you. This hopefully lets parents get more sleep. A nice ďgreenĒ feature allows the Good Nite Lite to shut off during the daytime to save energy. A small battery (included) runs the clock, and AC from the outlet powers the moon/sunlight. Parents I told about this gadget thought it was great idea! $34.99
Itís another Turn The Table Tuesday and Leo talks about something he found at MacWorld.
It has a fun name: In Your Face! It actually does what the iFlyz, a gadget I talked about on last weekís Daily Giz Wiz, does. But it does it in a different way. (www.iflyz.com.) Now that so many people have an iPhone, iPod Touch, PSP, Sansa View, etc they need a way to hold the device while watching movies on an airplane, at the airport, their desk, etc. Laying it on a snack table usually puts it at a very odd angle and after you prop it up, it usually slides down or falls over. Thatís where the In Your Face device comes in. Itís ergonomically designed (what isnít these days?) and it securely holds your handheld video device on one end and then securely clamps onto most surfaces (flat or round up to 2 inches thick) at the other end. In between the ends thereís an 8-inch flexible neck that you can bend so the video screen can be well, In Your Face! The top swivels for either horizontal or vertical viewing. When youíre done using it, you can bend it so it fits into your knapsack, briefcase, glove compartment, etc. $29.95
Plantronics has produced a multi-tasking phone system with their Calisto Pro Series.
This one device is a DECT 6.0 Cordless Landline Phone with a cordless headset. The headset has the ability to be used with the cordless phone, or since itís also Bluetooth enabled, it can be a headset for your cell phone. (You can even take the headset with you on the road and use the Bluetooth function.) And finally, it can serve as a wireless headset for your VoIP phone, even Skype! This headset lets you remotely answer your landline, VoIP and mobile phone calls! Add in a built-in speakerphone, noise-canceling microphone, and extended mouthpiece and you have a great system for the home office! The Calisto Pro phone operates on the DECT 6.0 frequency, so call clarity is not affected by WiFi networks or home appliances, such as the microwave. You can roam up to 300 feet from the base via the cordless DECT 6.0 and about 35 feet if youíre using Bluetooth. The PC software is compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista and the Mac software is compatible with Mac OS 10.4 and later. My only complaint? The keys are long and thin and I have large fingers, so I have to push the keys with my finger tips. But the keys are back-lit which helps a lot. List is $279.95, but if you do a web search you can find it for about $210.
This is a gadget I looked forward to getting, but alas it solved one problem and created another.
The AudioVox (aka Terk) VR-1 is designed to solve a problem we all face when watching TV. Itís getting blasted out of our seats when the commercials come on. Canít someone invent a gadget that lowers the volume of the commercials? Someone did. The company says that the Advanced Digital Signal Processing offers quick, automatic volume adjustment - in less than 2/1000-ths of a second. I found that it did cut down the volume of loud commercials when they came on, and that was great. But then it created a new problem. When you least expected it, like during a regular movie or dramatic show, especially when the volume is low Ė Iíd hear a rather loud ďpopĒ and the volume would drop further. This behavior became so annoying, I disconnected the unit. It does have a by-pass switch, but who wants to get up and down and switch it in and out of the circuit? If you do buy one, you should know that it needs to be connected via RCA cables between your TV set and the source of the signal. For example it can go between audio out from your cable box, DVR, etc. and the audio input on your monitor, TV, etc. I bought it for about $30. at www.heartlandamerica.com This place does have some good buys and is worth checking out.
It was 1991 and Suzy Snapshot was introduced at Toy Fair. This was a 15" tall doll that came with a bright pink, almost life-sized toy camera. Suzy wore a lot of pink too and she let the child become a 'play' fashion photographer. Suzy had the ability to change poses whenever the child clicked the shutter. The camera really didnít take pictures, but when the light flashed, sensors on Suzyís body responded and she changed poses! As the copy for Suzy Snapshot said: ďShe's flexible enough to for hundreds of different pretty poses". I think it was a clever idea. Iím surprised no oneís revived Suzy Snapshot with a camera that takes actual digital pictures! The flash could not only light the scene, it could make Suzy change poses. If I recall correctly, Suzy was about $60 to $70 back when she first came on the scene. She shows up from time to time on Ebay. The photo on the right is from Ebay where she was being sold for $30 to $40. Who knows she still might be for sale there. http://tinyurl.com/dahtzz If she's sold, just type: Suzy Snaphot in the search box at Ebay.
Weíve all done it, unplugged some equipment on the desk and then tried to grab the cables you just unplugged from sliding off the back of the desk and onto the floor. Well Keep-a-Cable is a simple solution to help you manage your wayward charging cords and peripheral connectors. This simple device is made from high-density polyethylene and its fitted with notched holes at the top. Using a very high strength 3M adhesive it mounts to the edge of any flat surface like the back edge of your desk. The five holes at the top of the Keep-a-Cable are designed to keep cables from sliding off the desk. Itís an inexpensive and effective solution to chasing cables behind desks, equipment cabinets and under tables. It even has holes for screws if you want to make a more permanent installation. Keep-a-Cable are available in single wire, five wire and long strips to accommodate everything from a single cell phone charger to an entire rack of servers or other electronic equipment. A 5 wire/4 pack is just $5 + S&H. A 10 pack is $10.00 + S&H. Complete pricing is at the companyís website:
Itís another Turn The Table Tuesday and Leo finds a useful iPhone gadget from Griffin Technologies.
Clarifi is no ordinary polycarbonate case. That's because Clarifi has a built-in lens to give the iPhone a boost in camera resolution. I donít have one of these cases, which Leo likes a lot, so I found the following info on the Griffin website: Slide the Clarifi lens into place over the built-in lens of your iPhone. Your macro and close-up shots are instantly finer in detail, more accurate in color. With Clarifi's lens, your iPhone can image an entire business card with astounding clarity. Slide the lens aside for normal photography. Without Clarifi, iPhone requires about 18 inches to focus properly. Slide Clarifi's lens into place and you can move in to 4 inches for crisp detail and great pictures. And, of course, Clarifi is also a super-protective case, constructed of durable polycarbonate, with cutaways for access to power switch, headphone jack, volume controls, and dock connector. For use with Apple Universal Dock wells, Clarifi features Griffin's trademark EasyDock design: the bottom third of the case slides down and off to fit in standard dock wells. Itís $31 at the companyís website, but Leo said he found it online for $21.00. He said it was a good buy at $21.00.
Wednesday, April 1st. Netcast 798 NOTE: This info is officially embargoed until Friday April 3rd but we got unofficial permission to jump the gun for the Daily Giz Wiz.
Say ďhelloĒ to a New company called Digi-Vina
99.9% of all new music is released only in digital format! But what if you want a Jonas Brothers album on vinyl? You can't get it! Well thanks to Digi-Vina it doesn't matter, because now you can turn any or all of your digital music into vinyl records! I know, you're saying: "Wow, but where do I buy blank vinyl records?" You don't! You make your own vinyl records with the Digi-Vina 2.0! And you make them out of old plastic bottles! Yes, instead of ending up in a landfill, the empty bottles from your dining table end up on your turntable! The Digital to Vinyl Recorder does have some downsides. The cost is high, $999, and it does require a 220-volt outlet. But on the other hand there has never been anything like it in the world!
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009, Netcast VAT 19 --- Netcast 799
You might have a Swiss Knife, but I bet you donít have a SwissPen! From Vat19.
The SwissPen not only writes smoothly, but it can write if youíre holding the pen against a wall, upside down or even if you need to write underwater. Thatís because it has a pressurized ink cartridge, just like the pens NASA developed. And what other pen includes a red LED map light, scissors, screwdriver, nail file, and knife/letter opener? And it doesnít weigh so much it will rip your shirt pocket. The weight is just 1.6 oz. And the pocket clip is recessed into the pen so even with all the built in accessories, itís still slim and trim. The company says the red LED light will burn for 12 hours of continuous use. And yes, the batteries are replaceable. The pen opens and closes with a smooth twist-action. Thereís a video showing the features of the pen at the companyís website. $49.95.
OMG!!! Can it be?? Yep, this is episode number 800!!!
Dickís Gadget Warehouse Friday, April 3rd, 2009 Netcast 800
You might know a The Stuffed Shirt, but this one is most likely very different.
This Stuffed-Shirt came from the UK. Overseas it was ďGift of the YearĒ, the year being 1995. Suppose you're going on an unexpected overnight business trip. All you really need is a fresh shirt, socks & underwear for the next morning. With this nifty gizmo, you don't need a to a carry-on bag with your briefcase. The Stuffed Shirt case was designed for a one-night trip. Itís so small, 8 1/2-by-11-by-2 1/2 inches, it could fit into an attachť case. It sort of the size of a zippered notebook. Yet it was designed to carry a freshly pressed shirt in the main compartment and the rigid frame would keep the shirt wrinkle-free. Then there was a round box intended to keep the shirt collar upright. The box itself was double-duty. It held underwear, socks and a tie. Then there was a snap-on kit for toilet articles like razor, shave cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. The Stuffed-Shirt was designed to be kept in a desk drawer in case you were suddenly required to hit the road for an overnight business trip. The original Stuffed-Shirt was made of black fabric with leather trim, and it sold for $80. A higher end, all leather version, cost about $110. In January 1999 the Stuffed Shirt was acquired by H.I.S. You probably know of that company. They manufacture clothing (One of their brands was/is CHIC. Iím not sure theyíre still around.)