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Technologist Tuesday-Football Tech Talk

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

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1)      Camera Technology:  Have you seen the techie fight scenes when two rivals are flying toward each other in slow motion and then the camera begins to circle around them?  Well, Thanks to Replay Technologies’ proprietary freeD technology, you’ll see this on the field.  In fact, you may have already seen it in the 2012 Olympics, 2012 PGA Championship and Yankee Games.   If you’re a Cowboy fan or a fan of an NFL team that will visit Arlington Texas’ At&t Stadium, then be excited when a review is needed.  There are 12 Cameras stationed on both ends of that field.  They will be able to provide some pretty serious reviews from the end zone to the 20 yard line.  They use Teledyne Dalsa Falcon 2 cameras that are all synchronized to record a moment from all different angles.  The freeD technology considers this group of 12 4K equivalent cameras acting as one.  The result is the sci-fi ability to re-position your view in ways the traditional cameras won’t.  The data from the cameras courses into a brain room where you have the right staff ready to provide you a quick replay that will definitely impress you.  I polled Abt employees to see if anyone witnessed some freeD reviews in Sunday night’s Cowboys vs. Giants game.  Some of those I asked said they watched some of the game and none witnessed any freeD action.  It would be nice if they used this technology all throughout the game instead of the limited review moments.  https://vimeo.com/66628788     http://vimeo.com/73813078

2)      Protection Technology:  We used to sell Tech21 iPhone & iPad cases.  They use D3O material inside their products.  They were even cool enough to send us a vat of raw D30.  We had a blast.  We wrapped up our thumb and took a hammer to it (just like their videos) and to our amazement, it worked!  This gooey orange stuff is made of molecules that, upon shock, lock together.  They absorb the impact and spread the shock across the D3O.  Today, over 20 sporting good brands have partnered with D3o Technology.  One of these brands, All-Star, already sells d3o integrated Girdles, Shoulder Protective Base Layers, Crash Pads for forearms and Lineman Gloves.  Schutt Sports just created the first sport helmets lined with d3o for baseball and softball.  Perhaps football helmets are next?  D3o goo  On a related note, Professor Vijay Gupta from UCLA has been getting a lot of attention for his shock absorbing polymer.  Hope these scientists entered the NFL Head Health Challenge II.  This NFL Sponsored program is awarding millions of dollars to those that participate in this quest to reduce brain injuries.  Meanwhile, I wish the 2013 NFL season the best of luck handling the average 1600lb force the average tackle brings.

3)      3D TV!: Eye popping amazing graphics flying at your face and changing the way you experience the big game is…….not going to happen (yet).  ESPN 3D channel is apparently shutting down by the end of the year.  Don’t worry though; our 3D favorite Avatar has a sequel that’ll hit the theaters in 2016.   By then we’ll probably have enjoyed a 3d Super bowl.  I’m sure the future will help to ease the burdens associated with broadcasting a live 3D event. Once technology gets us over that hurdle, we’ll see more 3D TV broadcasts.  Meanwhile, we’ll enjoy some really cool 3D movies.

4)      LASERS!  Laser projected First Down lines? Seen at the stadium or on TV could be a laser projected line instead of the old school chain measurement.  NFL still not sure if this is going to be a reality.  Seemed to be a hot topic in January 2013 and suddenly, no one is talking about it.  First Down Laser Systems, LLC seems to  have a positive attitude.  I can hear the sportscaster now, “Ooooh, looks like a close one Roger…Oh Yea!  They’re firing up the lasers!”

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5)      Microsoft & NFL: New Xbox One delivers us a new way to watch the game?  Microsoft and the NFL struck a deal that enables Microsoft to get hands on with how people enjoy the game.  I have a feeling that this will be most important to fantasy football fans.  We’ll see. It does look very cool.

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6)      Full Field View:  64:9 720P Ultra-Wide Cameras that can record the entire field at once?  Can you image hanging’ out a bar to watch your favorite NFL team play and instead of a big screen TV there’s a wall of 4 monster HD TVs?  Your team’s end zone is off on the TV on the left and on the 4th TV to the right is the End zone of your opponent.   As silly as that may seem, I’d visit that bar at least once.  Panasonic’s already built this recording beast.

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Da Bears!

-The Technologist

Technologist Tuesday: LED Motion Processing

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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I asked veteran Abt salesman Shahab Astabraghpour “LED or Plasma?”  He said, “Plasma.” Then he said the following whilst twirling his mustache: “Of the fish in Technology Sea, the plasma is the Megalodon.” I agreed.  When I bought my TV 3 years ago I too chose Plasma.  If I was in the market now, I’d go plasma again as OLED is simply too much for my budget and I prefer plasma’s picture over LED TVs.  Many people love the LEDs brighter screen and maybe even need an LED because of the glare issue a Plasma TV can exacerbate.  I was talking with salesman Sean Hardesty about how I just couldn’t stand watching the movie that was playing on a big screen Sharp 240hz LED.  I found that the movie quality was replaced by home video/soap opera quality and it just looked artificial.  Sean laughed and told me that the customer he was with before talking with me wanted to know why the same Sharp LEDs picture was so amazingly clear.  The customer couldn’t believe how great it looked.

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Technologist Tuesday- Want the new iPhone…for Free?

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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I just witnessed a 16GB iPhone 5 Verizon model with a completely smashed front glass sell on eBay for $365.  The used iPhones on eBay that are in good condition are all selling over $400.  You just got to love the fact that Apple iPhones resale value is so high.  If you’re willing to go through the process of selling your used iPhone through eBay or craigslist, then like many of us, you may acquire the next iPhone for free.  For those of you that don’t want to deal with that process, you can just go to our trade in program and cash in. http://www.abt.com/tradein

Whether you’re going to plunk down full price, get the upgrade price or make out like a bandit by selling your old iPhone, here’s a roundup of what technology your new iPhone may have:

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If James Bond Were a Photographer

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

One of the most buzzed-about potential gadgets seems to be the Smart Watch. We’ve seen a few models hit the market, though they’ve all been kind of limited in scope. Most of them simply act as a second screen for a mobile device. And they all look very smartphone-ish. Boring glass screens that turn black when not in use, and clunky rectangular designs.

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Technologist Tuesday- Listen Up!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

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Do you want to see any or all of these musicians perform live…for free? Justin TimberlakeArctic MonkeysVampireWeekend-Kings of Leon-EltonJohnPixiesBastille – 30 Seconds to MarsSigur Rós-The Lumineers – Paramore  - Rizzle Kicks  - Queens of the Stone AgePhoenixJake BuggTomOdell-Avicii-Chic featuring Nile Rodgers – Janelle Monáe – The Olms-Jack JohnsonBahamasValerie June – LudovicoEinaudi-Primal ScreamJessie J-NoCeremony-Tinie TempahJohnLegend-RobinThicke-Jimmy Eat World – Valerie June – POLICA – 1975 – Lawson – Palma Violets – Fenech-Soler – Little Green Cars – Phox?

September 1st will kick off the 2013 iTunes Festival.  Every day will stream live performances from the above artists and more.  All you need is a computer with iTunes, an iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPhone) or an Apple TV.   This has been going on every year since 07’ and it seems like no one knows it exists.  Last year was amazing and this year’s lineup is fantastic.  Also, for anyone new to iTunes Festival, the production value is through the roof.  The HD camera angles, lighting, stage design and everything else has made previous iTunes Festivals a great series of shows.  They’re not short either.  Last year’s opening performance by Usher was 90 minutes long.  Deadmau5 played for 2 hours and the rest of the 2012 iTunes Festival performers didn’t disappoint.

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Technologist Tuesday: Watch out: A Smartwatch Awareness

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

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When the iPad came out, I was frequently asked, “I have an iPhone and a computer.  Why do I need an iPad.”  The tablet industry arrived with iPad and so many people were confused.  Do I need an iPad? Why? I rarely get asked this question these days.  Most people are getting a second or third tablet because someone in their household has taken over the iPad.   However, it still comes up from time to time.  My answer is simple:  A tablet can be a better way to do some of the daily tech things you already do.  Surfing the web, checking your email, reading a magazine or newspaper has become a tablet preferred activity.  On top of that, you open yourself up to a world of Apps that pretty much guarantees to have a least one or two apps you’ll cling to.  This answer has all sorts of demos and supporting content to light the tablet fire.

Soon, the question will return.  “Why?  I have a smart phone, computer and even a tablet.  Why do I need a Smartwatch.”  This time around it’s quite a bit different.  I think the answer might be:  “Because you have a Smartphone, computer and even a tablet.”  We have so much technology around us it’s time for a middleman.  Primarily, something’s needed to address the Smartphone’s obnoxious control over people.  The Smartwatch may help us all focus on the road and ease the need to keep peeking at our smart phones.  Beyond that, wearing our technology on our wrists opens up an entire new opportunity for new App development.  With all these possibilities, the Smartwatch can be a great way to bridge your personal technology.  Or, the Smartwatch wearing human will develop abnormally large muscles in their left shoulder region as they begin to abuse the need to look at their smart watch thousands of times a day.    (more…)

Technology Tuesday-Healthy, Wearable Technology

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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I’ve got just 275 miles left before I reach the Nike+ Running Black Level.  My Nikeplus.com account has logged an average distance of 4.5 miles in the 2,055 miles it’s recorded.  In over 452 logged runs I’ve achieved 209 Trophies & accomplished 105 personal goals.  Today I just accepted the Quadruple Threat Goal.  There is no way I will ever leave this product line.  I am a member of the wearable technology world.  My membership cost me the price of some cool hardware and has provided me years worth of this digital obsession.

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Technologist Tuesday-3D Printing & The Future

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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A 3D Bioprinting Recap

3D printing clothes, toys, surfboards, cars or even a neighborhood of houses is so March 2013.  Get with it…3D Bioprinting is where it’s at.  For those of you not paying attention to 3D printing you may want to check this out.  Especially if you are missing a limb, need an organ, blind, hungry, need a new face or are about to embark on a 30 year mission to deep space.  In the future, 3D bioprinting will have your back.

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Technologist Tuesday-The Revolution Will be Televised

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

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Where to begin?  I guess we should start with Moore’s Law.  In 1965, Gordon E. Moore said that every couple of years, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles.  Simply put:  processing power doubles every two years.  He thought the trend would last for about ten years but it’s been spot on for a half century at about 18 months.  We’ve reached the point in his theory where technological advances in processing power are starting to shock us all.

Coming soon: Nokia’s Lumia 1020 Windows phone featuring the Snapdragon S4 Plus Processor.  It has a 41 Megapixel digital camera.  It will be sold in the US in a couple of weeks.  41 Megapixels.  Did your head explode?  When my coworkers and I found out about this Nokia phone we all had our simultaneous excited nerd moment. We began firing off questions:  “How?” “Why don’t cameras with real lenses (DSLR) have this potential?” “Will the files be gargantuan and fill the phone up?’ and on and on we ranted.  41 Megapixels…INSANE!!!

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Technologist Tuesday: Video Killed the Radio Star

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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A few months ago, my Grandma upgraded from AT&T DSL to Comcast High Speed internet.  Her DSL connection could barely play a YouTube video.  Her Speed went from 1Mbps to 28Mbps and she’s paying less a month.  Now she’s got an iPad, Roku and is an avid fan of Netflix’s Exclusive TV Series “House of Cards” among other streaming content and Apps (especially Words with Friends…WATCH OUT!).  There are a handful of topics going on here.

1)      High speed internet availability

My last blog discussed Home Wi-fi.  One of the items reviewed was the source of your internet.  High Speed Internet services from you local Cable Company are almost a must if you want full powered high-speed internet.  For those houses that have iPads, Computers, Smartphones, Security Systems and all sorts of devices feeding off their sources bandwith:  even 6Mpbs isn’t going to be that great.  Go to www.speedtest.net and see how fast your internet is and consider your options to get that speed increased.

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