This week's gadget is the ZoVox AccuVoice, which makes the dialogue in old movies understandable again. It's different from other voice boosting systems that focus on equalization. AccuVoice combines compression, consonant-range boost, formant enhancement, minimization of bass output -- plus other proprietary techniques they prefer not to divulge. The AV157 uses 12 levels of dialogue boost – 6 stages of AccuVoice boost plus 6 stages of their new SuperVoice technology.
This week's gadget can help free up space on your desk. It's the Atumtek Monitor Riser. It frees up space so you keep a small size keyboard, mouse, and more under your computer. It has three height adjustments: 3.9" -- 4.7" -and 5.5". You can use it for other gadgets too. On a desk you can raise your computer monitor to eye level for better posture. The ventilated design offers better cooling for a laptop, and the aluminium material is also excellent at heat dissipation.
This week's gadget is Quake Hold! Museum Putty. It secures antiques, collectibles, figurines, and more from falling and breaking. It can be used on most surfaces, including ceramics, porcelains, and laminates, as well as on walls to help stabilize pictures. It comes ready to use in a two-and-a-half-ounce flat sleeve, just pull off what you need. Roll the putty into small balls (about the size of a pea), or strips, and apply to the base of an item. Press down lightly and twist into position. It sets within 30-minutes and comes off cleanly with no mess.
This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz is the HydraLight Flashlight, a water-powered flashlight. Its operation was not great. Here's what the company says about them: NO POWER NO PROBLEM: Activates in 15 seconds by wetting the base; no batteries, plug-in, or power source required; Flashlights run for 72 hours total; Switch off to extend time with hand light. Perfect for power outages, blackouts, flashlight emergency preparedness. Compact size ideal for pocket, pack, first-aid kit; Take camping, hiking, in the auto glovebox, travel flashlight survival flashlight.
Dickie D got a new monitor this week. The LG 29WN600 Ultra Wide Screen Monitor. The resolution is Full HD (2560 x 1080), and it's an IPS display. It also includes 2 7-watt stereo speakers with Audio Maxx technology. With HDR SRGB 99% Color Gamut, it's also HDR 10 Compatiblewith OnScreen Control that lets you divide the screen real estate 18 different ways with as many as 8 different images on the 29” display at some time. MSRP: $249.99, but it's $225.99 on Amazon as of 3/21/21.
This week's gadget is the TACKLIFE Tabletop Fireplace. Dick says that it seems really well built with a cement base, stainless steel insert to contain the flame, and a crystal clear glass chimney. There are two ways to use this mini fireplace. The company says the flame will be bigger if you burn directly with bioethanol fuel, but the fireplace flame will last longer if you burn with a wick and alcohol. With alcohol, the description says "can burn for 2 hours", while the instructions say "don't burn for more than 90 minutes".
Dick's latest gadget is the strangely named Takkui Rechargeable LED Necklight. It offers 3 temperature light modes, yellow (3000K), warm white (4000K) and cool white (6000K). Plus each of those settings has a switch for 3 brightness levels. Choose a comfortable setting for reading, knitting, camping, repairing, crafts, etc. It's covered with a comfortable soft rubber, which the company says is sweatproof, bendable and strong so you can twist, or fold to create the perfect illumination for yourself.
This week's gadget us the inCharge 6 - or as Amazon calls it: The Six-in-One Swiss Army Knife of Cables, Portable Keyring Compatible with Apple iPhone/USB/USB-C/Micro USB Cable for All of Your Devices. This cable is short, about 2”. The whole device ready to charge is about 5”. But it's versatile. You get USB to USB-C, USB to combo Lightning/Micro USB, USB-C to USB-C & USB-C to dual Lightning/Micro USB. The device is very lightweight and easy to use once you master the 'hidden' connectors.
This week's Giz Wiz gadget is the Taiker Personal Alarm for Women.140DB Emergency Self-Defense Security Alarm Keychain with LED Light for Women Kids and Elders. The company says with a loud 140DB sound, this self-defense keychain alarm can make a sound loud enough to draw the attention of others at a far distance, which can effectively scare attackers in danger and seek people around for help. Also has an LED light. The alarm is activated when you pulled the contact pin out, and the siren will sound continuously for 30 minutes unless the pin is reinserted into the device.
Dick and Leo are celebrating 15 years of the Giz Wiz on the Tech Guy show! The first gadget Dickie D ever shared on the show was the DocuPen, a pen-shaped handheld scanner. It cost $300. And believe it or not, they still make them!