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CES 2016: FitBit Blaze Fitness Watch

Friday, January 8th, 2016

In the world of fitness, FitBit is recognized as one of the most popular fitness tracking devices out there. This week at CES, the company unveiled its brand new FitBit Blaze – their second fitness watch to date. The Blaze is much different from what we are used to seeing from the brand and this year Fitbit has managed to deliver a Smartwatch that can compete in not only tech, but style as well.

Close-up of the sleek FitBit Blaze in a stainless steel band.

Close-up of the sleek FitBit Blaze in a stainless steel band.

Considering that the company occupies about 88% of the total health and fitness wearable market, bringing style to their technology is something many consumers’ have been waiting for. The fitness watch features a colorful touchscreen display and a collection of stylish leather and stainless steel band accessories to choose from. You can wear a casual band for working out and easily swap it out for a fancier choice when going out for the night.

Closer look at the FitBit display at CES of the different bands you can use to personalize the Blaze Fitness Watch.

FitBit display at CES.

The main purpose of the FitBit Blaze is still heavily focused on monitoring your fitness. It includes features such as PurePulse™Heart Rate monitoring, Connected GPS tracking, and On-Screen Workouts. Unfortunately, it does not come with built-in GPS to track your fitness on its own. However, you are able to tether it to your Smartphone and bring your mobile device along for a run or bike ride to still track your route. FitBit has also included On-Screen Workouts, a newer feature that allows you to choose from three popular workout plans accessible directly from your wrist. But perhaps the biggest difference that sets the FitBit apart from all the other fitness trackers is its SmartTrack feature. SmartTrack knows exactly what type of exercise you’re doing – without you having to touch a button. Whether you are hiking or bike riding, the built-in sensors detect your current workout and automatically log your movements for tracking. This applies to their sleep monitoring as well; the FitBit Blaze knows when you’re asleep based on your movements, so you don’t have to bother with simple tasks such as remembering to switch it into sleep-mode.

Last but not least, we absolutely cannot forget to mention that the Blaze fitness watch can also send notifications from your Smartphone to the watch. You are able to answer (or reject) phone calls, check out incoming text messages and receive calendar alerts, which is partially what allows it to hold a Smartwatch title!

All in all, the FitBit Blaze is a huge step-up for the brand in the wearable tech category. Not to mention, its thin and sleek design will surely appeal to fashionable health “techies” everywhere. Currently it’s only available to pre-order for the retail price of $199.95, with an expected arrival date in March of this year.

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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: 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: Hercules WAE Outdoor Rush Beach Speaker

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

At CES 2016, we saw this portable bluetooth speaker by Hercules called the WAE Outdoor Rush Beach Speaker. This isn’t any ordinary bluetooth speaker, it’s built to enjoy music while you’re spending some time at the beach. Unlike most speakers that are painted metal, this speaker is coated with nickel so it won’t rust while you’re at the beach. This speaker is also sand-proof and dust-proof, and its IP67 rated which means it can be submerged at a meter for about 30 minutes with no damage. It has a phone charger on the bottom, an auxiliary input and a FM transmitter. There is an app you can download from their website that allows you to set your presets through your phone. This speaker is rechargeable and has a 15 hour battery life. The Hercules WAE Outdoor Rush Beach Speaker will be available in March and priced at $129.99. Say goodbye to damaged phones and speakers while you’re soaking up the sun at the beach!

 

The WAE Rush Outdoor Beach Speaker can be submerged at a meter for about 30 minutes with no worries.

The WAE Outdoor Rush Beach Speaker can be submerged at a meter for about 30 minutes with no damage to the speaker.

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CES 2016: IndoTraq Indoor Tracking for Virtual Reality

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

One of the most exciting technological advancements of the last few years has been the dawn of functional, high-quality virtual reality headsets. Products like the Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR hold the promise of truly immersive gaming and movie experiences. And while they have the optics and illusion of immersion down pat, they do tend to suffer when it comes to truly seamless integration of the user’s movements and the reactions of the displayed environment. Lag in the display compared to your movements, even if so slight it’s almost imperceptible, tells your brain that something’s not quite right. It breaks the virtual reality experience and is one of the leading causes of VR-helmet-induced motion sickness. This sophisticated motion-tracking system from IndoTraq promises to revolutionize the industry by offering uber-accurate, real-time motion tracking.

IndoTraq is accurate down to the millimeter, measuring the user’s position about 60 times a second. With the vast majority of displays running at a matching 60Hz refresh rate, the system ensures that what the user sees with every new frame matches their position in real space. Thanks to a miniature tracking tag that monitors 12 axes of information and transfers data over a variety of wireless protocols, the IndoTraq fits into an unobtrusive (relative to the giant goggles you’ll already be wearing, anyway) device that sits atop your head. Have a look at the video to learn more:

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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: 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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Create and Collaborate with the New HP Sprout.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

One of the more unique products we’ve gotten our hands on recently is the Sprout All-in-One computer by HP. The Sprout is actually much more than just a desktop computer, providing all new ways to create, collaborate and compute. We took a look at what makes the HP Sprout so unique.

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The new HP Sprout immersive computer.

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CES 2015 Is Here!

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

CES 2014 COVERAGE JOSH ADAM

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.

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