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CES 2015: KANEX GoBuddy and GoBuddy+

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

You’re at a friend’s house and you notice that your phone is about to run out of battery. “Hey, do you have an iPhone charger?” The response you get is quite upsetting. “Sorry, I have an android.” Or vice versa. Conventionally, you would either leave your friend’s home to charge your phone, or your phone’s juice would eventually run out and your phone would shut off.

Well, KANEX has the solution to your little problem. The KANEX Gobuddy & Gobuddy+ incorporate a charge/sync cable in the form of a keyring, making it easy to transport and almost impossible to forget at home. The KANEX Gobuddy is your buddy on the go. Oh, and did I mention the GoBuddy+ has a bottle opener?



CES 2015: Parrot Smart Tech Keeps You From Killing Your Houseplants

Monday, January 5th, 2015

We caught up with the folks at Parrot today at CES and got a look at two new products that are designed to give a technolgical green thumb to even the most irresponsible plant owners. Parrot, who are best known for their drone helicopters and hands-free car kits, were displaying the Parrot Pot and the Parrot Flower Power H2O, a set of devices that use smart sensors to keep your plants thriving when you’re away from home or you simply forget to water them.

The Parrot Pot is billed as the most advanced connected plant pot available.  On the outside, it looks like any other modern houseplant pot, but the Parrot Pot secretly hides a built-in water reservoir and an array of smart sensors that track soil moisture, temperature, sunlight exposure and fertilizer levels. By connecting to the smartphone app, the Parrot Pot can alert you if any of those parameters need adjustment, reminding you to water your plant or move it into or out of the sun. Or if you’d prefer, you can set the Pot to water itself, with the 2.2L reservoir containing up to a month’s worth of water for the typical houseplant.


Parrot Pot, the plant pot that waters itself.


CES 2015: Emiota Belty Smart Belt

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Within the last few years, we have seen an increase in wearable technology. We’ve seen watches that can connect to your cell phone, and we’ve seen wristbands that monitor your fitness. Today, we have the unveiling of an all new wearable technology: Belty. Belty is a smart belt which uses tiny motors in the buckle that self-adjust to your waist based on your positioning. For example, if you were to sit, Belty would loosen itself to better fit your waist, then it would automatically tighten when you were to stand – giving you complete comfort without needing to readjust.

Aside from its auto-adjust feature, Belty’s mobile app also provides you with features such as step tracking, inactivity alerts to get you moving when you are idle for too long and it also tracks your waist measurements over time to keep you on track with your fitness goals. The Belty is said to be undergoing some modifications, but is to be released sometime in the end of 2015.

CES 2015: Neoh Headphones, 3D Sound Labs’ Portable, Virtual Home Theater

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Neoh Lets You Bring Home Theater Sound Everywhere You Go.

We’re always excited to see what the home theater and portable electronics industries have in store at CES. The Neoh Headphones from 3D Sound Labs are an intriguing product that will appeal to fans of both industries. Combining new hardware with a proprietary app, the Neoh headphones from 3D Sound Labs put a virtual multi-speaker setup in a portable package.  While virtual 3D sound imaging has been around for some time now, the Neoh adds an extra element to what has, up until this point, always been created solely by audio-processing software. Motion sensors inside the Neoh headphones track the head movements of the wearer and adjust the soundstage to reflect that movement. Move your head to the right, and the sound would adjust just as if you turned your head to face a sound in the real world. (more…)

CES 2015 Is Here!

Sunday, January 4th, 2015


The New Year is here, and that means it’s time for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in sunny Las Vegas. CES is the premiere trade show for all things related to consumer electronics. If there’s a new TV, smartphone, computer product or other revolutionary gadget in the pipeline, this is where you’ll first find out about it. Our team is already in Las Vegas, ready to roam the two million square feet of exhibition space in search of tomorrow’s exciting new tech toys.

CES 2015 officially begins January 6th, and as info from our guys on the ground filters over, we’ll be bringing you photos, videos and specs on the hottest new  TVs, cameras, computer products, home theater equipment and much, much more. Keep your eyes on the Abt Blog for in-depth articles, follow our Instagram feed for behind-the-scenes pics and of course check out the Abt Youtube channel for videos of our CES coverage.

The End of Year Sale at Abt!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that a new year is among us, and with the year coming to an end, we take a minute and reflect back on all the gifts we didn’t receive this holiday season. If there was something on your wishlist that you didn’t get, now is your chance to get it at a low price. As a way to thank you for being with us another year and to try and help end your year right, our End of Year Sale provides you with savings on our already low prices throughout the site. Find what you’re looking for today, because the New Year is among us!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at Abt!


Abt-solutely Delicious: Quick & Easy Spicy BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Spicy BBQ Quesadillas

Spicy, Cheesy and the right amount of sweet! These spicy barbecue chicken quesadillas are super easy to make–thanks to a busy schedule’s best friend, Rotisserie chicken! There will be nights where I’ll scoop up a rotisserie chicken from a local grocery store for dinner, and whip up some sides to go along with it. But with the leftovers, the possibilities are endless! You can make some shredded chicken nachos, chicken noodle soup, tacos and more! But in this case, we will be making quesadillas.  They can be made for  a snack, for lunch or for dinner , anytime! Because, this recipe is just that simple! Enjoy!


Abt-solutely Delicious: Cream of Mushroom Soup

Monday, December 22nd, 2014


Winter is such a magical time of year, from the snowfall, the glorious smell of holiday baking to snuggling up in front of a warm fire.  When winter comes to mind, I think of  the warmth, comfort and the gatherings the season brings. This soup perfectly delivers that comforting ,warm, and homey feeling, which is the exact reason why I only make this soup in the winter.  This recipe is hearty, rich and perfect for the holidays – you’ll definitely feel the love from it. From our family here at Abt to yours, Happy holidays – stay warm!


1/2 Price Expedited Shipping, Now Through December 23rd

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

There are now just four business days until Christmas Day, and this weekend is bound to be one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. If you can’t make it out to the store (or just want to avoid the crazy crowds), all hope is not lost. From now until December 23rd,  save 50% on all expedited shipping options with your order! Check out the previous post on Holiday Shipping Deadlines for shipping cut-off dates and times to ensure your gifts get there in time.

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Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

If you’ve still got some gift-shopping to complete, be sure to check out the UPS Holiday Shipping deadlines below! West-coasters, you’ll need to place your order at by tomorrow (Wed, Dec 17) at noon CST  in order to receive it for Christmas via UPS Ground. Those who live closer to our Chicagoland shipping location have a little more time. And true procrastinators can use expedited shipping options to order as late as December 23rd and still get their gifts by Christmas Eve.

Local customers can buy online for same-day in-store pickup until 4 P.M. December 24th, with our store doors closing at 6 P.M.

Important note: Between December 11-24, UPS states that its Next Day Air, 2 Day, 3 Day and GroundTrack services may be delayed by 1 or 2 days. In other words, even if you meet these deadlines, there is always the slim possibility that it will not be delivered before Christmas. So be sure to get your orders in ASAP!