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The Gadget Guy: Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Still looking for the “perfect” gift? Check out these really cool gadgets with David Novak, The Gadget Guy:JAM Voice

$69.99; www.jamaudio.com

The first non-Amazon speaker to utilize Alexa Voice Services. Wifi and Bluetooth speaker uses Alexa Voice Service technology to answer a myriad of questions and everyday tasks. Users can teach “skills” to the speaker such as asking Uber for a ride using only voice commands. Create and update shopping lists for maximum convenience. Use the embedded microphone to make and receive calls for hands-free phone conversations. Ask the speaker to stream music from Spotify and iHeartRadio or access your favorite playlists. Connecting multiple speakers allows users to customize the listening environment, including which rooms should be playing music at a given time. Up to 4 hours of playback and active Alexa usage. Available in black and white. Sold at Best Buy, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s and Amazon.com. Tinitell

$149; www.tinitell.com

Tinitell is a wearable mobile phone for kids, with voice calling and smart location features. When talking about technology and children, many people would say how smartphones, tablets, video games and other devices have reduced kids’ time playing outdoors. Many parents would rather have their children spend time running and playing outside, exploring the outdoors than using consumer technology. Tinitell is a piece of technology for kids that actually enables them to play outside more and for longer periods, as it makes it far easier for parents to communicate with their children. The world’s smallest wearable phone designed for kids, Tinitell is operated through the click of a button. The more advanced features have been moved into the accompanying Tinitell smartphone app for parents, which can also be used to geo-locate one or several kids. Tinitell comes in a variety of colors.Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3bykQUeXYsSchatzii Bullet Series

$150, $300, $250; www.schatzii.com

  • The BULLET Bluetooth 4.1 Earpiece + Charging Capsuleis state-of-the-art audio design at its finest, and the world’s smallest Bluetooth e Ultra lightweight and comfortable (weighing only 3.5 grams), the Bullet allows you to make calls effortlessly, and listen to music with crystal clear sound quality.
  • The BULLET 2.0stereo earbuds are the world’s smallest Bluetooth earbuds, providing you with wireless freedom to make calls and listen to music … all in stereo. The hi-fidelity BULLET 2.0 headset features the latest Bluetooth V4.1, and includes a custom high-capacity 2100 mAh charging case that provides up to a 12X charge. CVC active noise reduction and echo cancellation ensures crystal clear sound.
  • The BULLET Xis the first waterproof Bluetooth 4.1 earpiece and charging dock. Waterproof (level IPX7) and sweat-proof, it works great on a rainy day or when working out. It also features CVC active noise reduction and echo suppression for crystal clear calls, and multi-point connectivity to connect to two devices simultaneously while hands-free. The 500 mAh charging dock is a great carrying case and provides up to 6X full charge for convenience on the go. Its sleek, modern design will impress even the most style-conscious tech aficionados.

Video:https://youtu.be/1pNQOu-YhAgThinOptics Keychain Case 

$24.95; www.thinoptics.com

ThinOPTICS Keychain Case makes finding your reading glasses even simpler. Now your glasses will go where you go and will be there whenever you need them. The unique design allows ThinOPTICS to fold down and slide into the case to keep them safe and always within reach. The handy keychain case keeps glasses safe so you never lose them. Frames are as thin as two credit cards and lighter than a nickel. Glasses flex to fit anyone and are guaranteed to never break. ThinOptics also comes in a Universal Phone Case ($29.95) that accommodates most phones, and the Universal Pod ($19.95). Frames come in six colors (red, blue, purple, clear, black and brown), and lens strength range from 1.25 to 2.75.Video: https://youtu.be/6no2sHFX3ZoOzobot Evo Social Robot

$99; www.ozobot.com

Ozobot Evo is the smart and social robot that teaches coding while connecting friends. Evo entertains with sounds, LED lights and a little attitude. With Evo, learning to code with colors is easy. Draw OzoCode color codes for Evo to read and respond. Download the Ozobot Evo app to enjoy remote-controlled and programmable play. Send and receive messages and Ozojis – emoticons that Evo acts out. Re-program your Ozojis with the OzoBlockly editor to make them uniquely your own. The 1.25 inch Evo was awarded PC Magazine’s 2016 Editor’s Choice and named one of the “coolest toys” by CNN Tech. Learn to code with colors using markers, paper and Evo’s universal color language. Stay in touch with OzoChat worldwide messaging (gated for ages 12 and under). Switch to remote control mode in the Ozobot Evo app (for iOS and Android) to harness Evo’s surprising speed, insanely bright lights and quirky personality.Video: https://youtu.be/Df0rD0_GLE0Reverie Luxe Performance Bed Sheets

$120; www.reverie.com

Made with RevTek cool knit for luxurious performance, the Luxe Performance bed sheets are breathable and moisture wicking. Features tri-zone construction and BedTite fully elasticized ends to keep bed sheets in place when the adjustable bed frame is raised. Also works great with conventional flat bed frames. Includes one fitted sheet (two for Split King), one flat sheet and two pillowcases. Available in Twin XL, Queen, King, California King, Split King and Split California King.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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