Gadgets

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Episode 1440

This weeks' gadget lets you pour wine out of a wine bottle without uncorking it, keeping it safe from oxidation. The device is called Coravin it uses a "pouring needle" to access the wine without cork damage. Remove the needle and the cork reseals itself and continues protecting the wine. Argon gas, an inert gas used in the wine-making process, protects the remaining wine from oxidation. Coravin fits on a variety of sized standard wine bottles, and they even made an adapter for screw-on caps. There a many designs and systems available starting at $199.99.

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Episode 1438

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Line and Naver Corp have new Bluetooth-enabled wireless earbuds. While several companies are working on ear-to-ear real-time language translation, Mars is different. How? According to the company, other earbuds require separate mobile devices and earbuds, or two pairs of earbuds. Mars only requires a single pair that can be shared between two people. Using the Naver Papago app, the user assigns a language to each each earbud. From there, two people will be able to have real-time ear-to-ear translation of 10 different languages.

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Episode 1436

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ShadeCraft is a robotics and technology startup based in Los Angeles, California. Their flagship product, SUNFLOWER, is billed as the world’s first robotic shading system that tracks the sun. But that's not all! It has a full set of high tech features that include GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a high definition camera, voice activation and controls, speakers to stream audio, controlled lighting, and the ability to charge external devices! And – it's all powered through solar energy. Now this was a preview look and the more formal introduction will take place at CES 2018.

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Episode 1434

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Polaroid is releasing the Polaroid Pop instant digital camera. It uses Polaroid’s Zink Zero Ink paper technology. Embedded dye crystals and heat create the black & white or color image. The prints are 3.5" by 4.25" and for old-time memory sake, feature the famous white border. The camera features a 3.97-inch touch screen LCD display which is used to change settings and browse through the 20MP images captured with its CMOS sensor.

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Episode 1428

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Dickie D is back and has more from the Interbike Bike Show. Seatylock may seem like a strange name for a product, but it does describe exactly what this gadget is! Every bike needs a comfortable seat, and a secure lock. Well, Seatylock is both! The removable seat features a hidden extendable series of inter-locking hardened steel links which can be unfolded and used to secure the bicycle, frame, tire and of course the attached seat, to a sturdy external object.

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Episode 1426

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The GeoWheel makes pedaling your bike optional by replacing your regular front wheel with a GeoOrbital. The Wheel was developed by engineers from SpaceX and Ford. The breakthrough design of the GeoOrbital wheel is an evolution of the electric bike. It is by far the most powerful in its class, affordable, and easy to use and install. There is no need to install or configure any apps - simply clip on the throttle and use it like a gas pedal. The harder you press, the faster you go. The 500W motor puts out twice the power of an Olympic cyclist. Pedal if you want, sit back if you don't.

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Episode 1424

Kano's fun new Pixel Kit lets kids learning coding through bright, moving LED lights. They can build their own games, animations, and art. Kano says: Open the box, pop out the pieces. Buttons, board, battery, and more. Build the Pixel Kit step by step, page by page, just like Lego. Connect to your computer and download the Kano App. Step-by-step challenges show you how to learn code. Connect blocks and see the effects instantly. Simple for beginners, expansive for experts. Build your own games. Create characters, make them run and jump. Add logic and scoreboards.

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Episode 1422

This week's gadget is an oldie but a goodie. The Griffin PowerMate USB control knob. Leo talked about it in 2006. It's now 2017, eleven years later and it's still available for sale! Plus there's a new Bluetooth version. First here's an explanation of what it does from Griffin: It spins like a knob. It clicks like a mouse. But it's so much more. You can use PowerMate USB to edit home movies, or scroll through long documents, or create your next audio masterpiece. How can PowerMate USB be this cool?

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Episode 1420

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For those that like to make videos with a smartphone, then check out the Movo Smartphone Video Rig with a Stereo Microphone, Grip Handle, & Wrist Strap. (It's also available without the microphone kit for under $30.) This kit is designed to improve the production value of smartphone video by letting one add mics, lights, a tripod, etc. Perfect for live-streaming, vlogging, interviews, performances, etc. (There are three female 1/4" threads for mounting accessories and tripod.) Also an integrated cold shoe mount microphone & lights.

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Episode 1418

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This neat little gadget is called Port O Pill. And the company boasts: Pills + Water / Anytime, Anywhere! Never get caught without water or medication again. Leak-resistant, refillable container. Now the company says “Holds up to 10 pills” but that will surely depend the kind of pills. Chances are you'll carry this with just the pills you need for one day. Carrying only 1.5 ounces of water, it meets FAA plane rules for carry-on liquids. It's small enough for a backpack, purse, glove box, and maybe a pocket if you're wearing cargo pants. BPA Free and top rack dishwasher safe.