This week's gadget is for your mobile phone. It's called the Joby GripTight POV Kit. This small, lightweight device provides a handheld, stable locking smartphone grip. With the handle folded behind the smart phone, it's a great camera grip. With the handle folded under the smart phone, it's a steady video grip. Folded slightly open, the handle makes the POV into a handy viewing stand. The integrated Impulse Bluetooth remote attaches to the GripTight POV Kit providing a point-and-shoot shutter feature while also enabling users to capture photos and videos from afar.
Switchmate is a one-second installation smart light switch that is the first smart home product that can be used with absolutely no configuration, tools, wiring, or WiFi. Switchmate magnetically attaches instantly to existing toggle or rocker switches and is controlled through the free app on your smart phone. With features such as “Welcome Home”, your lights will turn on automatically as you arrive home or enter rooms. With preset timers, you can set your lights to automatically turn on and off- even when you’re not home.
Action cameras are extremely popular, and now Dickie D brings along the VTech Kidizoom Action camera for kids! It's like GoPro for little ones. The video quality is only 640x480, so it's not HD, but for under $60, it's a great toy for kids to capture their outdoor play. It's available at vtechkids.com.
Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/mNY56Ftlq1g
This week's gadget from the GizWiz is the Onewheel, a new motorized sport where riders can ride as fast as 12MPH only by leaning toward their front foot. Leaning back slows down, or reverses direction. Powerful lithium iron phosphate batteries provide high peak power for acceleration and self-balancing, and it recharges in under 30 minutes using the fast charger option. The weight limit is 275 pounds and the range is 4 to 6 miles depending on terrain and other factors. Cost of a Onewheel is $1499.00 and it’s available only on the company website for now. (April, 2015)
Dickie D continues his gadget tour of the Global Pet Expo with the Pawz Safe Spot Leash. About 2 million dogs are stolen each year and the Safespot Leash allows you to lock down your pet when you have to leave him outside while shopping. It has a steel cable strap and locks on both ends, while the collar remains adjustable. It's available at Petco for about $70, but you can also get it at Amazon with free shipping for $61.
Another gadget from Toy Fair isn't a toy at all -- it's the IO Hawk, a kind of Segway-like device that works like a skateboard. It has no handlebar, and weighs only 22 lbs. You just get on it and lean forward or backward. Top speed is about 6.2 MPH. It can go 10-12 miles on a single 3 hour charge. It even has headlights and taillights.The only indicator on the IO Hawk is an LED battery monitor which you can see when you look down.
This week's gadget by Dickie D promises to help you break bad habits. It's a smart watch that sends a shock through your body if you engage in a habit you want to break. Pavlok uses an ecosystem of apps that will run on both your computer and phone. These apps can track and monitor any number of things that you choose. For example, the Pavlok Fit app will allow users to select their gym from a list of gyms in their area. Then, using the geo-location on your phone, Pavlok can tell when you go to the gym and how long you stay for. Don’t go to the gym? Shock (up to 340 volts)!
This week's crazy gadget from the GizWiz is the Karcher PowerSqueege. What is it? It's the world's cordless squeegee! You spray the cleaner, squeegee it, and it sucks up the solution and dirt with no drips! Eliminates the wiping, rubbing, and mess required when using paper or cloth towels, and you'll save money by not having to wash cloths or throw away paper towels. Includes a 12-volt wall charger and operating instructions. MSRP: $79.99. Lowest price I could find on Amazon was about $54 on 9/23/2014.
This week, Leo has a gadget for Dickie D ... it's the Humana Light, which is a light that can run for weeks on dead batteries! From ETOW.org, it uses a simple circuit that will run for weeks on depleted batteries, and they're being distributed in third world countries. What a great idea. And because LEDs are so efficient, they can work on a small amount of current still remaining in them.
This week's gadget is called TWO HANDS II. TwoHands II from Felix opens wide to hold small and large tablets, ereaders and even smart phone in landscape or portrait mode. And you can adjust it by sliding it up or down, it lets you find the angle that’s best for working or viewing. You can find it on Amazon under $20. And if you’re an Amazon Prime member, shipping is free.