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CES 2016: D3O Impact Protection

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

In a convention full of gadgets and gizmos, we stopped by D3O‘s booth to check out their product, which—in its natural state—has a decidedly more organic look than the tech it’s designed to protect. Used in everything from smartphone cases to motorcycle jackets, the D3O material is what’s known as a non-Newtonian fluid; sometimes its properties resemble those of a liquid, sometimes it behaves more like a solid. This unique trait lends itself well to products that benefit from need to sometimes be flexible, and sometimes rigid. At their booth, D3O had a vat full of raw material:

And just in case their reps were pulling some sort of illusionist trickery on us, we decided to sacrifice Josh’s hand to find out.

Here’s a bit of info on how D3O works:

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We’re looking forward to seeing the D3O material integrated into more products in the future. Have you had any experience with a product that uses D3O? We’d love to hear how you liked it!

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CES 2016: Panasonic Counter Top Oven With Instant Heat

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

This week at CES 2016, our team stopped by Panasonic and got a closer look at their new upcoming product. Panasonic showcased their new Counter Top Oven with Instant Heat. The product displayed Panasonic’s new, sleek design that will carry over to other upcoming models in their product line, like the vibrant blue non-stick interior. The new Panasonic counter top oven with instant heat is a 6 slice standard sized counter top oven.

The all blue interior of the Panasonic Counter Top Oven With Instant Heat.

The all blue interior of the Panasonic Counter Top Oven With Instant Heat.

The  Panasonic counter top oven also has great features, the small appliance has instant heat technology, making it convenient and easier when you cook, broil, bake and more. The device also has a touchscreen interface, it’s just like using your smartphone. You touch the screen to interact with the device. The touchscreen feature replaces the buttons that you find on any other appliance, you simply touch the screen to cook, bake, broil and more! But what makes this counter top unique is the USB port found on the side of the oven. The USB port can pull in information from a connected device and can allow you to  pull in recipes or from cooking websites like allrecipes.com or the foodnetwork.com. Talk about easy cooking! No more damaged and stained cooking books.

You can pull in recipes by using the USB port on the side of the oven.

You can pull in recipes by using the USB port on the side of the oven.

Panasonic’s Counter top Oven with Instant Heat makes cooking easier and the cooking ideas are endless. From roasting a chicken to baking pizza rolls, this counter top oven can make cooking hassle-free. This great small appliance will be available to you in the Fall 2016.

 

If you can’t wait until the Fall for a new counter top oven, check out our selection of counter top ovens by clicking here.

 

Stay tuned for more coverage from CES 2016!

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CES 2016: Transparent TVs

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Televisions have been getting thinner and thinner every year, bringing us to today’s svelte OLED TVs that measure under a centimeter in depth. An ultrathin TV flush-mounted to the wall blends into existing home decor much better than the huge tube TVs of yesteyear. Even relatively recent plasma TVs are bulky in comparison. But view an OLED TV from the side and it almost disappears. So perhaps the next evolution in TVs will be to make them almost literally vanish with the push of a button. This year at CES, we’ve scoped out transparent TVs from two of the big names in display technology.

Panasonic cleverly integrated their transparent LED TV into home shelving, so when the TV is powered off it acts as a display case for knick-knacks or photos.

Samsung, meanwhile, utilized OLEDs to achieve a similar effect.


Samsung’s display hints towards a more commercial application, as opposed to home use. Although, we do like the suggestion that panels like these may one day replace windows—we’d never have to suffer through a gloomy Chicago winter day again! There’s no definitive release information set for either of these examples, so don’t expect to see transparent TVs (pun intended) in stores any time soon.

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CES 2016: Samsung with World’s Largest 170″ SUHDTV

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Samsung is one the largest manufacturer of TVs in the world, they just showcased the largest 170 ” SUHDTV this week at CES 2016 and our team got to see it. It is huge! The gigantic TV and the rest of Samsung’s SUHD TV line, 8 series and above, possess quantum dot display. This type of display will enhance the view of colors, brightness, and contrast, making it an enjoyable, realistic view. The quantum dot display consists of 1000 nits of brightness that will create a brighter picture and with Samsung’s new ultra black technology, this feature will accentuate the blacks while viewing. The quantum dot display is great for high dynamic range content like Amazon. To make the viewing experience exceptionally realistic, the SUHD TVs will have a larger color spectrum, that means more colors and a brighter picture.

The picture is amazing on Samsung's 170" SUHD TV.

The picture on Samsung’s 170″ SUHD TV is amazing!

But that’s not it! This 170″ TV isn’t just one big TV. The 170″ TV is made up of multiple small TVs to make one big picture, Samsung calls this concept “Modular TV“.  Modular TV consists of  smaller TVs -without bezels , linked together to create a seamless and bigger view. Although Samsung has not started this concept, the bezeless design is carried over to their consumer line. Customers interested in the 8 and 9 series SUHD TVs can also benefit from the bezeless design with a near invisible bezel.

 

These modules have a bezeless design to create a seamless look.

These modules have a bezeless design to create a seamless look.

It might be a while for Samsung to have 170″ TVs in stores, but Saumsung’s 8 and 9 series SUHD TVs are available to customers. Maybe one day this 170″ SUHD TV will be displayed at our store!

 

 

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CES 2016: Misfit Shine 2

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

When it comes to the latest technological trends, health and fitness has become a major focus. With the ability to monitor one’s fitness, technology has redefined how people workout, diet, and maintain a healthier lifestyle overall. During CES 2016, our team has come across a number of devices, such as the Misfit Shine 2, which have proved how this trend is still going strong.

In 2013, the original Misfit Shine won CES’s Top 2 Gadgets, so when our team spotted the new Misfit Shine 2, we had to take a closer look. While discussing some of the new advancements the Misfit Shine 2 has to offer, we were excited to find out that there are now 12 LED colors, a new Misfit Mood function, and a new link application. With 12 LED colors, the Shine 2 now offers easier to see updates, which is a feature many have been eagerly awaiting. By adding their new Misfit Mood, the Shine 2 offers vibration notifications to help you get up and get moving throughout the day. Seeing that Smart Home devices have also started to take over the top technological trends, Misfit has created a Link App that can be downloaded from either Apple’s App Store or on Google Play. The Link App allows the Shine 2 to control your smart devices such as the Misfit Bolt, which means you’ll have more use and functionality.

See what else Misfit has to offer, as well as Abt’s full line of Wearable Technology today!

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CES 2016: Sklulpt Smart Fitness Companion

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

As we begin the new year, many of us want to work on a healthier lifestyle. The start of a healthy lifestyle consists of eating right and of course staying active.  We go for a run, swim or go to the gym to work out.There are a variety of workouts and fitness equipment for different parts of the body, and some of us may not know what kind of workout each muscle needs. At CES 2016,  our team passed by the Skulpt Chisel. The Skulpt Chisel is the first device ever to measure muscle quality, fat percentage, individual muscles and the total body as well. This device can measure up to 24 different muscles, it measures how strong or lean your muscles are by measuring the muscle fiber size. There are 12 sensors on the back of the device, the sensors on the back send small currents through the muscle fibers, picking up tons of data instantly. The device calculates the flow of the current to measure the fat percentage on each muscle, and then determine the condition of the muscle precisely.  This type of technology is called Electrical Impedance Myography (EIM). This type of technology has been used in hospital research and used with NASA!

The technological part seems complex but using the device isn’t! All you do is simply spray the back  the device with a little bit of tap water, and then you place it on the muscle you want to measure. You get results instantly using the app, the app is compatible with IOS and Android. Based on your results, the data helps the app determine which workout is best for you to reach your fitness goals. Using the data, it customizes what kind of workouts will be best to reach your goals.

You can check your results instantly using the app. The app has a heat map, that indicates what areas you need to work on based on the measured data. This device is great to start off the new year. Not only are you keeping your body healthy and optimizing your workouts, you are also learning and understanding how your muscles work.

 

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CES 2016: HAIRMAX LaserBand 82

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

While at CES 2016 our team stumbled upon the HAIRMAX LaserBand 82, a revolutionary new hair growth solution. This product stimulates hair to grow faster and easier, resulting in normalized hair growth cycles.

How it works, the HAIRMAX LaserBand 82 is placed on ones scalp for 90 seconds. Starting with the front, the user places the LaserBand 82 on their scalp for 30 seconds, then places it on the middle of their scalp for an additional 30 seconds, and then finally placing it on the back of their scalp for the remaining 30 seconds. This process is repeated three times a week, and results will become visible after about 12 weeks.

This interesting technology is an FDA cleared treatment that is clinically proven to be safe and effective. The secret behind the HAIRMAX LaserBand 82 is its low level light therapy, which works through photobiostimulation. The light energy penetrates to the hair follicles, in order to stimulate stronger hair growth. It increases blood flow to the scalp while stimulating the hair follicles, which reverses the thinning process. This allows hair to grow in longer, stronger, denser and fuller. The LaserBand 82 has a 90% success rate, which is why it’s being referred to as the fastest hair loss treatment on the market.

Currently the LaserBand 82 is available on HAIRMAX’s website for the retail price of $795.

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CES 2016: Withings Thermo Smart Thermometer

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Since the dawn of the Internet of Things, CES has been the place to see the latest in connected devices, both those ready for store shelves and the more conceptual ideas. Perhaps no other category debuts more connected devices than the health and fitness industry. Withings is a French consumer electronics company who has carved out a niche offering an assortment of connected health devices, from smart scales to elegant activity trackers. We caught up with them to find out more about their latest smart device, the Withings Thermo. The Thermo is a smart thermometer that promises to simplify the often-arduous task of taking accurate body temperature.  Instead of going under the tongue or into, uh, other places, the Thermo is a temporal thermometer. While that sounds like some sort of time-travel measurement device, it just means that the Thermo takes your temperature at the temporal point of your head, aka your temple.

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Using the Withings Thermo.

A collection of 16 integrated sensors take 4,000 micro-measurements in just two seconds, making the Thermo as easy to use as a stick of HeadOn (“Apply directly to the forehead!”). Withings says the Thermo is just as accurate as any other form of temperature measurement, if not more so. Once the temperature is taken, the info is sent directly to the corresponding smartphone app via Wi-Fi. One of the main benefits of a Wi-Fi link is its always-connected state, so the user does not have to pair with the device before each use, as they would need to with a Bluetooth connection. From the app, the user can create a report by adding symptoms, additional notes, or even a photo of themselves. This report can then be forwarded to a doctor or pharmacist, helping expedite the process of diagnosing the user, or can be saved to a calendar to serve as a reference for future doctor visits. Time saved at the doctor and hassles averted when taking temperature could make the Withings Thermo a great investment for families with young children. Check out the vid to see the Withings Thermo in action:

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CES 2016: ICrealtech Allie Camera

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Our team got a closer look at the newest, innovative gadgets out there at CES 2016. The team discovered a camera that can change the way we capture every moment from every angle. ICrealtech developed the Allie [ALL-e] Go cam, a camera that can capture a photo or video 360 degrees by 360 degrees. The capability of the 360 degrees shooting makes it possible to view every angle in one photo or video, which means no selfies, no more multiple photos. The Allie Go is all immersive; you get to experience each direction and every direction in one shot. The Allie cam eliminates limited shots due to the size of the screen; you can capture everything around you. This product is absolutely wearable and portable; you can take it anywhere you go. The Allie Go cam comes with a single mounting device and a standard tripod mount.

Not only does the Allie camera capture everything, but this camera will allow you to have live sharing. No more waiting until you get home to upload your videos, you can instantly share with their single button app. You can instantly share on your videos with your friends through your mobile phone on Facebook or Youtube. This device contains audio, so you can just listen to the audio, listen later or you can have a conversation with friends with two way audio.

ICrealtech has also developed the Allie Home, a home security device that can instantly connect to the cloud and securely monitor your home. The Allie Home will monitor and record your home at every angle, the 360 degree by 360 degree capability will never let you miss a thing.

The camera has twin 8 megapixel sensors or twin 4 megapixel sensors making the vision HD, the spherical image quality is 1080p or more. You can expect great quality from this device. The Allie Go cam is ideal for action, whether you’re on the go, riding your dirt bike, swimming, or on a hike, the Allie Go cam can capture everything that is around you, capturing every moment.  The Allie Home is great for indoors, indoor events, and security, monitoring every move and moment inside the area.

The Allie Go will make it to the shelves soon, and the Allie Home is now available to you.

Check out their site at https://alliecam.com for more information.

Stay tuned for more coverage on CES 2016!

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Pandora Free Charm Event

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

This weekend, visit the Abt Time Boutique to take advantage of a special promotion from Pandora Jewelry.  From September 17-20, get a free charm with your purchase of Pandora products totaling $100 or more. With an extensive selection of charms and bracelets in a range of prices, Pandora Jewelry makes the perfect gift for everyone in your life. Give the free gift to your giftee, or keep it for yourself (we won’t tell).  Choose from any of the hundreds of charms stocked in the Time Boutique, included those from the 2015 Disney charm collection. For more information, stop by the Time Boutique this weekend, or call our watch and jewelry specialists at 847-544-2250.

Pandora Free Charm Event

 

Pandora Disney Charms

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