Dick went to Boston recently and wanted to try out the Bose QC20 In Ear Headphones. They are the first in-ear noise canceling headphones and come in a small zippered travel bag. Like other Bose NR headphones you can block outside noise, but this model offers an additional setting called "Aware mode". It reduces the amount of noise reduction and lets you hear some of the outside that you probably want to hear. You can also get the QC20i's to use with your iPhone.
Dick says there's two new As Seen on TV products out there. The first is the Magna Screen, which is like the Magic Mash screen door. Dick says you have to glue or tape the magnets down so they don't pop off. The second is the "Pocket Hose". It's a hose that's really small, but when you turn on the water, it expands to over 50 feet. You have to treat it gently because it can break if you misuse it. The word is that the Blue version of the hose is more rugged than the green one.
This week, Dickie D shows off a pair of terrible As Seen on TV gadgets. The most worthless item is EarVac. Ear Vac is a small, battery operated device to, in theory, gently suck the wax of your ear. It runs on two AA batteries, not included. Does it work? No. See the video here.
This week's gadget is the Mogo2Go. It's billed as the mobile phone case + wallet in one. It attaches to the back of your phone with 3M adhesive. It’s made of a high-quality silicone. The pocket slots are said to hold up to 3 cards. It holds your ID, credit cards, etc, and the best part is that it's only $5 plus shipping.
This week's gadget is the MicroUSB OTG 3-Port Hub with Smartphone Stand. You can use it to connect 3 different USB devices to many On The Go (OTG) enabled Android devices. You can add a mouse and keyboard to your compatible Android Tablet or phone, it could become a mini portable PC. It's only $10. But make sure your phone supports OTG.
Dickie D brings along to the show the Powramid Power Center. It's a surge protector that's ideal for a conference room (Or any place you need more outlets.) Placed on top of a conference room table, it provides surge protected power outlets for up to six devices, plus two USB plugs. The Powramid Surge Protector is available in black or white. On Amazon it’s available for about $22.00 at the link above.
Dickie D is back with a great gadget for those traveling to hot dry climates this summer. It's called the Satechi USB Portable Humidifier and it uses a bottle of water to aerate it to humidify the air around you. Simply fill an empty bottle or glass with purified water, place the humidifier into the opening of the container, making sure the filter is submerged in water, and plug the humidifier into a USB port for instant comfort. You can use it not only with your laptop, but also with a portable power device.
Originally debuting at CES in January, the Kingston MobileLite Wireless Device is finally out. It's essentially a PogoPlug for your Mobile Device. MobileLite Wireless works as a portable card reader to give you unlimited access to all of your data, anywhere you are. Use it with your USB Flash drive or SD storage devices to access your videos, music, photos, documents and more. It can work with up to three people and it accesses cards that are plugged into it. You can even use it as a backup battery charger.
The Giz Wiz just got back from the National Hardware Show and saw some cool, and strange, tools. The one he really liked is from General Tool and it's a motor driven precision tool driver for working on small devices in spaces like computers. The 100+ RPM motor features forward and reverse controls, and the quick-change chuck allows for effortless swapping between 1/8" Slotted, Phillips and Torx bits. It's $35 from General Tools.
For travelers, our gadget of the week is the Sonic Alert Sonic Shaker clock. It's designed to fit under your pillow and vibrate to wake you up. It also buzzes at 90 decibels. It has a folding digital clock interface as well. Price is around $25.