This week's gadget is ... well, interesting. It's a jock strap for your TV! It's for anybody who enjoys sports on TV, but find the Score Ticker at the bottom of the screen on sports channels annoying. So the TV Jock Strap masks it out so you won't see scores of recorded games you haven't watched yet. The company says it fits flat screens up to 75" diagonal. The TV Jockstrap is a 2” wide stretchy black fabric that attaches using a plastic belt buckle. There wasn't too much stretchy fabric left once it was on my 50” TV, so if you do have a 75” model, it will probably be stretched to the max.
This week's Giz Wiz Gadget is the Joby GripTight Micro Stand. Dick recently bought the Amazon Fire 8 tablet, which he's planning to use on his boat to watch videos. But he has nothing to hold this small tablet. The GripTight Micro Stand for Smaller Tablets from JOBY provides a compact stand for smaller tablets 3.8 to 5.5 wide with or without a case attached.
This is a new gadget by Walabot, a product from Vayyar Imaging. The company says that "All Walabot devices are created to help you uncover hidden things in the world around you. The technology is based on 3D imaging sensors that use radio frequency, rather than a camera, to see through solid surfaces and create a visual image of what’s inside." The company already makes a 3D DIY device to let see people see through walls to find wiring, pipes, etc. Walabot Home, their newest gadgets, is a 3D sensor that can “see” through walls and detect motion.
The Royole Flexpai is billed as the world’s first commercial foldable smartphone, it's a combination of mobile phone and tablet. This is Royole's 2nd generation, ultrathin, fully flexible display that can get used either folded or unfolded. Now you have the portability of a smartphone plus the 7.8” screen size of a high-definition tablet. Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform -- Water OS (Based on Android 9.0) - Aspect ratios: 4:3, 16:9 and 18:9. When folded, you have three screens available; front, back and edge.
The second generation June Oven offers faster cooking, a streamlined touchscreen interface and a durable, easy-to-clean stainless steel interior. The June app lets users start cooking, watch their food being cooked, and receive push notifications to their mobile device. June’s digital Cookbook provides easy to follow, step-by-step video recipes and automatically controls your June to set the correct time, temperature, cook-program and preferred doneness. June can bake, broil, roast, air fry, dehydrate, slow cook, toast, reheat and keep warm.
Hate it when someone uses says the trigger word "Alexa" when you don't want your Echo device to do anything? The Mute+ is from Smartē could be for you. The idea is to place this device on top of an Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Dot smart speaker, so you can mute it when you don't want it to react to the trigger words. The company says their proprietary technology temporarily blocks any noise near or far from the smart speakers’ microphones and the lighted privacy timer can be set for up to an hour at a time. Each time you push a button at the top it adds ten minutes.
Here are Dick's three favorite gadgets from 2018.
This week's gadget is designed mainly for women. EZ Makeup glasses. These specially designed makeup glasses are said to magnify for perfect makeup application. They have built-in LEDs to provide light to see every detail. A rotating lens allows you to easily switch eyes. The provide 3x magnification! $14.99 at a CVS drug store. The first set had one LED light that didn't work. Dick exchanged them for a second set and the rotating lens broke off. Watch the video to see how poorly these glasses are made - at least to my eyes!
If you collect a lot of business cards you need a central place to keep them. Enter the miniature business card file cabinet. It provides storage for 800 business cards. It's made of sturdy plastic and available in silver or brown color. A-Z card index dividers are included. Dimensions: 6.5" x 4.5" x 6.5". It's a bit pricey considering it's just made of plastic, but it should help you save time finding business cards you need - assuming you take the time to file them as you get them. Under $16.
Dick resisted buying anything on Black Friday until around 10 PM, when he bought an Amazon Fire HD8 with Special Offers (and that means ads on your tablet) for $49.99. And ebates had an 8% cash back offer which dropped the price even further. But wait, there's more. Even at that price there was free one day shipping for Prime Members. It was amazing. As you'll see in the video, that low price includes ads, tons of ads! But you can pay $15 + taxes to remove them on Amazon. The new Show Mode is nice since it lets you see notices from pretty far away.