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CES 2017: SpeedX Unicorn Smart Road Bike

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

For years, bicycle computers have been getting smarter and smarter, adding options like wireless data transmission and GPS tracking, and integrating with a bike’s drivetrain to track gearing and power output. There are countless options on the market, offering increasing levels of features and complexity. The new SpeedX Unicorn smart road bike simplifies everything by baking those features right into the bicycle itself. And if you’re worried about a tech-company focusing on gadgetry instead of bike performance, fret not. The SpeedX Unicorn is a high-tech machine built from the ground up to go toe-to-toe with top-tier racing bikes from the most well-known brands.

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CES 2017: Lenovo VR Headset

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Virtual Reality (VR) has made its way in the tech world, and especially in the gaming world. Virtual reality is fully immersive, giving you an extraordinary 3D experience. Top manufacturers like Lenovo are stepping up their game by providing more content and a better experience. The Abt team was able to get a sneak peek at Lenovo’s new VR headset at CES 2017. Just recently, Microsoft released Microsoft Holographic, a platform for VR experience that Lenovo  plans for their headsets to run on. Microsoft Holographic offers new and diverse content, providing thousands of apps available to view on VR. This means, not only will the new Lenovo Virtual Reality Headset serve for gaming purposes, but also for communication and productivity.

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CES 2017: Digitsole Connected Shoes

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

The seminal sci-fi comedy Back to the Future II was responsible for two of the greatest fantasies of the late 20th Century: the Cubs winning the World Series, and shoes that lace themselves. We were lucky enough to see that first wish finally come to fruition this fall, and after our visit with Digitsole, it looks like the second one has arrived as well.  Digitsole has been making waves at CES for the past few years, first getting rave reviews on their Warm Series of heated insoles back in 2015. This year, Digitsole displayed a full complement of connected shoes.

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CES 2017: AcousticSheep Dozer and SleepPhones

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

If you’re one of the estimated 60 million people a year who have trouble falling asleep, you may have found that listening to soothing music before bed makes the Zs come easier. In fact, the practice is actually encouraged, especially for those with chronic sleep disorders or the over-stressed. But if you’ve ever tried it with headphones, chances are you’ve woken up tangled in cord, if you were lucky enough to get the headphones to stay on for more than a few minutes. And headphones are pretty much a no-go if you’re a side-sleeper. AcousticSheep aims to change the game for bedtime music listeners.

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CES 2017: iPowerUp Solar Charging Phone Case

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Whether you are texting your pals or watching the next big thing on YouTube, every now and then your phone needs to charge. But sometimes, depending on the time and place, you might not have access to a phone charger. Thanks to iPowerUp, our team was able to discover their newest product that can solve our charging issues, a solar charging phone case!

During the CES 2017 Unveiled event, iPowerUp showed off their next generation solar charging phone case. The phone case is an AC/DC USB charging case that can charge your phone without a cable. It’s convenient and gets you through the day without plugging it in! The solar charging device contains a digital meter, so it can tell you how much charge your phone is getting. The device averages about 450-500 milliamps per hour, meaning with an hour’s worth of solar charge, you can take 3 hr phone call or surf the web for an hour and a half. By the end of the day, you can plug in it in and it will charge both the phone case and your phone’s battery. For now, iPowerUp has these solar charging cases for Apple iPhones 6, 6s, and 7; but their next release will be for Samsung.

 

 

For more information check out http://ipowerup.com/

Can’t wait until it hits the shelves? Take a look at our charging phone cases and other cell phone accessories by clicking here!

 

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CES 2017: Rotex Electronic Tattoo

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Every year for the last few years, wearable technology has been one of the hottest topics at CES. We’ve seen everything from smartwatches to smart shoes, smart jewelry and smart shirts, and smart functions added to just about anything else you can attach to your body. This year, we got up close and personal with smart tattoo. The Rotex Electronic Tattoo claims to perform many of the typical functions of your wrist-mounted activity tracker—monitoring vital signs, brainwaves, muscle performance, etc.—through an ultrathin adhesive patch that sticks directly to your skin. There is even the possibility that these tattoos can track muscle movements and translate them into commands that would allow the wearer to wirelessly control a device.

No other equipment is needed for the tattoo to perform its monitoring, though a small auxiliary device about the size of a package of gum is used to read the recorded data. That device can then send the data to your smartphone or computer for further analysis. The tattoos are temporary, but should last a full week, surviving showers and regular exercise. Will this replace your Fitbit? Not likely, though it might someday. A more likely application would be for people who need to monitor their vitals for significant health reasons but don’t want to wear a bracelet or other comparatively bulky device 24/7. The Rotex Electronic Tattoo will be hitting the market sometime mid-year, so keep an eye out if it’s of any interest to you!

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CES 2017: Mohu AirWave Wireless HD Antenna

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

We expected that one of the trends at this year’s CES would be continued development of products that help make cord-cutting and mobile consumption of media even easier than they’ve gotten in the past few years. And sure enough, one of the first products we saw at CES Unveiled was the new Mohu AirWave Wireless HD antenna, which will likely become a favorite of cord-cutters everywhere.

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Save on New Year’s Fitness Bundles

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

If getting in shape is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, but you just can’t seem to make it to the gym, maybe it’s time to bring the gym home to you. A treadmill, elliptical machine or stationary bike are great ways to get a regular cardio workout in, and when they’re in the next room over it’s hard to make excuses to skip your workout. Now, for a limited time, when you buy select machines at Abt, you’ll get one or more fitness gadgets to help in your journey to a better you, absolutely free. (more…)

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Abt is Going to CES 2017!

Friday, December 30th, 2016

In the consumer electronics industry, the holiday shopping season is just the first half of the fun of winter. Every January, thousands upon thousands of people (177,393 in 2016, to be exact) descend upon Las Vegas to attend CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. CES is the world’s largest technology trade show,  bringing together manufacturers, retailers, journalists, and anyone with a foot in the tech industry for a week of new product reveals, technology exhibitions and all kinds of other high-tech fun. And we’ll be in the thick of the action, covering all of the most exciting CES 2017 happenings here on the Abt Blog and on the Abt YouTube Channel.

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2016: Abt’s Year in Review

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

New Year’s Eve is just a few days away, which brings to an end one of the most fun-filled, eventful years in Abt’s history. As we close out 2016, here’s a look back at some of the notable happenings at Abt, in no particular order:

Unveiling of the Abt Inspiration Studio

The Inspiration Studio is the result of Bob Abt’s vision for the ultimate kitchen showroom imaginable. As John Hammond from Jurassic Park might say, “We spared no expense.” Filled with the finest appliances in the industry, in kitchen vignettes created by renowned kitchen designer Mick DeGiulio, the Inspiration Studio is meant to do just what its name says. Working appliances and a welcoming environment are here to inspire customers to discover the design or products that will become their dream kitchen. (more…)

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