Dickie D just got back from CES and he pretty much saw a lot of silly ideas that didn't really have much use. Leo says they've run out of ideas and are now mashing them together to create something new. But one thing he did see came from Kodak. The Kodak Super8 camera looks like a retro model, but it was a brand new camera that will go on sale soon. And yes, it uses Super 8mm film! Film that you shoot and mail off to Kodak just the way you did 40 or 50 years ago! Unlike the old super 8 camera, this one has a large flip-out 4-inch LCD screen.
If you take pills, or even vitamins, there's an innovative way to help you keep track of when you last took your medications and vitamins. Called Timer Caps, they have a built-in stopwatch that keeps track of exactly how much time passed since it was last opened. It’s easy to use, with no alarms to program or buttons to press. The patented timer works like an automatic stopwatch -- every time you open the cap, the timer resets to zero. When you close the cap, the timer starts counting up again displaying exactly how many hours and minutes have passed.
This week's gadget is the EnacFire Reversible USB Cable. You get two cables -- a one foot and a five foot cable and even a little black velcro strap to hold them. They're under $10. Dick likes the red nylon cover and reinforced ends.
This week's gadget is Bruno: The World’s First SmartCan! When you're sweeping, and it's time to get of the dust, just sweep it up to the opening at the bottom of the Bruno SmartCan and built in sensors will turn on a vacuum that's also built in. Not only does the vacuum suck up the dust, but it's funneled up the back of the Bruno device and into the trash bag! But wait, there's more!! There's also a WiFi enabled model that adds alerts you when you need to empty the trash bag, or when you're running out of trash bags. The alerts are sent to you via a smartphone app.
This week's gadget is again from the New York Toy Faire. It's called the Wowee COJI Robot. It gets kids interested in programming and robotics as young as age 4. It teaches kids to code by using emojis. They use the free app on any smart device to control COJI’s actions. Bluetooth is used to send a child's commands to COJI to follow. COJI also reacts to physical stimulation such as tilting and shaking. He comes with an LCD screen, dynamic sounds and thousands of animations. It’s coding and learning fun with a smile(y)! MSRP $59.99 Coming in the fall of 2016. It's for kids 6 & up.
This week's gadget is MAX, a low cost safety and security alarm which changes tones in case someone can't hear the higher toned alarm. It has a built in motion detector that can sound an alarm and set off a bright light when it detects movement. You can use it as a nightlight that goes on when you get out of bed as well (with no alarm, of course.)
Dick was shown the Vizio Reference series 65" and 120" series 4K HFR TVs. The 120" version will cost $130,000! But the 65" is more affordable at $6,000. Leo says that Vizio started off as an affordable TV brand, but they've recently been going up to the premium level of late thanks to that Reference series. But $130,000?! For that price, customers will also receive immediate access to certain Warner Bros. Home Entertainment 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision mastered titles via the popular video on-demand streaming service, Vudu.
This week's gadget is the Nite Ize Powerkey Mini Power Cord and stylus. It's a key chain based power cord which will charge your micro USB or Lightning device. It's durable and sleekly designed to attach to your key chain. Simply pop open the protective cover, and plug in to charge or sync. There's a micro USB version for most Android phones and a Lightning version for Apple products. MSRP for the Apple Lightning connector is $24.99, and the Micro USB is a lot less at $14.99. Leo says he has one on his key chain.
Dickie D is back with the Ostrich Pillow Mini, a wearable pillow. It's a pillow designed to be worn as you nap. You can wear it on your hand so you'll be able to place it next your head against a window or a wall. Or you can slide it on your arm and rest your head on it on your desk or table. The mini sells for $25 but you may be able to find it Amazon as a "deal of the day" for $10.