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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

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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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Mini Systems Get Big at CES 2014

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Back in the 1980s, there were two things about the music that were big: the hair, and the boomboxes. Thankfully, both style and technology evolved, and the D-Battery-powered, shoulder-mounted cassette stereo went the way of the teased, crimped, bleach-blonde mane. Those looking for a portable, all-in-one music system were presented with numerous options of stereo mini systemsThese classy, compact stereo systems were designed to fit in with either the boardroom or dorm room crowd, saving space yet still putting out respectable sounds. And for a while, the boombox languished in obscurity, a relic of times past. A few quick stops at CES 2014, though, and it looks like these sonic beasts have not yet given up fighting.

At the LG exhibit, our man on the ground demoed the new LG X Boom CM9730 boom box, which features a face-melting 25,000 watts of power. I don’t know how much power that is, but I’m pretty sure you can jump start a dump truck with this thing. The X Boom is not for the weak of heart, or those short on space for that matter. Each of the two speaker units is roughly the size of a shetland pony, and LG’s specs show that the entire package tips the scales at over 350 lbs! LG bills the X Boom as sort of party-in-a-box, putting out the kind of power needed to replicate the dance club atmosphere in your home, backyard or hopefully-neighborless apartment. Further bolstering its party cred are an auto equalizer that adapts to musical genre; the Smart DJ system, which gives users the ability to add samples and other sound effects to music; and integrated LED lighting that changes to the beat of the music.

Inputs include standard CD tray and dual USB inputs. The USB inputs give the X Boom a couple neat tricks, including the Jukebox function, letting users create custom folders and playlists from a flash drive, while USB-to-USB recording lets users swap music with their friends. Twin jog-dials make navigating external files a breeze, and act as DJ mixers when the music’s bumping. And one feature we always love: the LG X Boom supports wireless streaming from any Bluetooth device, so you can go deaf to any song available via streaming services.

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CES 2014 Coverage from Abt Electronics

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

CES 2014 COVERAGE JOSH ADAMThe 2014 Consumer Electronics Show is currently underway in sunny Las Vegas, so we let a few Abt team members escape the arctic Chicago weather to get the scoop on the industry’s best upcoming products. 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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Panasonic Ending Plasma TV Production

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

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Panasonic announced last week that it will officially be ending its production pf Plasma HDTVs this December.  It comes a surprise to the industry as Panasonic 2013 plasma models were critically acclaimed and widely considered to be the best plasma TVs on the market.  CNET even awarded the Panasonic TCP65ST60 series plasma a 5-star editor’s rating.  In a press release Panasonic states:

Until now, due to the superiority of the picture, Panasonic’s PDPs [plasma display panels] have received high appraisal and there has been firm demand from customers worldwide. However, due to rapid, drastic changes in the business environment and a declining demand for PDP in the flat panel display market, it was judged that continuing the business would be difficult and a decision was made to stop production. 

The company will end sales of plasma TVs for consumer use and PDP-related products for commercial use, such as Interactive Plasma Displays, with the products for FY 2014 (ending March 31, 2014).

Panasonic has made plasma televisions since 2000. But the shift toward LCD for large-sized displays as well as small and medium-sized ones, have changed consumer interests.  Abt Electronics still has a variety of great Panasonic Plasma models, even the award winning Panasonic Plasma ST60 series models.

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