The Nintendo Switch is the company’s first new home video game console since the Wii U
For years, while Sony and Microsoft have focused on crafting consoles with cutting-edge power, Nintendo has opted to emphasize the fun of the gaming experience. Consoles like the Wii and Wii U were more about innovative controls than pure specs, while games like Super Smash Bros excel because of their addictive group gameplay rather than unbeatable graphics capabilities. Their newest announcement, the Nintendo Switch, looks to continue that trend.
Some two years after its conception, the Abt Inspiration Studio was officially revealed to the public last night. Part visual spectacle and part interactive experience, the Inspiration Studio was created to be the ultimate destination for anyone shopping for kitchen appliances. The idea for the space came from the same place as most of Abt’s historically ambitious ideas: the mind of Bob Abt. He wanted to build a space unlike any appliance showroom ever seen, a space that would elevate the idea of being just a place to buy products, and would genuinely instill inspiration in its visitors.
Bob wanted to combine the best of what he knew—providing an unparalleled customer experience—with the best of what others knew. So he enlisted his friend and colleague, renowned kitchen designer Mick DeGiulio, and explained his vision for a flowing space that mixed high-end kitchen appliances with world-class design elements. Mick was given carte blanche, and the end result was the epic showroom that is the Abt Inspiration Studio. (more…)
It’s no secret that Bowers & Wilkins is one of our favorite brands here at Abt. If you’ve ever visited out showroom, you’ve probably seen our dedicated B&W speaker gallery, or caught part of a movie in the David Abt theater’s 7.4 surround sound B&W speaker system. Their melding of high-performance audio technology and striking visual designs is the kind of philosophy we can get behind. So, of course, we were excited to finally get our hands on the Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature headphones.
If you’re looking for arguably the best picture that’s ever been on a TV screen, then check out Sony’s all new Z9D Series 4K HDR with Android TV available at Abt. Sonyhas successfully used several different features to make this the most spectacular picture they have ever produced for consumers. Its design alone portrays.. (more…)
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:
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!
One of the great things about attending CES annually is not just seeing wild conceptual products, but getting to see how many of those products get refined from year to year, growing from concepts to readily-available consumer goods. An industry where that’s been most visible is 3D Printing. This year, we didn’t see anything as mind-blowing as the debut of the first affordable consumer-level 3D-printer. Instead, we got a look at the iterative advancements being made in the industry: more choices for consumers, more materials being used commercially, and advancements in the process that make 3D printing a quicker, more reliable option.
Further countering the criticism that 3D printers are only good for creating fragile trinkets, industry-leader 3D Systemsunveiled a flagship commercial printer, the ProX DMP 320. This high-precision metal printer allows for not only rapid prototyping, but the creation of finished metal parts that can be used in critical mechanical systems.
The ProX is capable of some pretty impressive metalwork:
One of the concepts getting the most buzz at CES isn’t a home electronics device or an appliance, it’s an electric car from a company that almost no one has heard of before. Faraday Future, a California-based electric vehicle startup, pulled the wraps off their concept vehicle, the FFZERO1.
With a single look, it’s clear that the FFZERO1 is no electric econobox. It’s not here to compete with the Prius or the Volt or even the Tesla. This drool-worthy EV is straight-up supercar. And it’s got the chops (allegedly) to prove it. Because it’s not just about sleek lines. Each wheel is powered by a dedicated electric motor that put out a combined 1,000 horsepower, pushing the FFZERO1 from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds and hitting a top speed of 200 miles per hour.
The Alpine X009 Restyle unit installed in our Jeep Wrangler project vehicle.
So we were stoked to spend some time at Alpine’s CES booth, learning about what they’ve got in store for 2016. As expected, much of the focus was on the continued evolution of the Restyle line, including improvements to the user interface for easier operation, especially in a truck. There’s also a new ability to control external vehicle accessories—like LED fog lamps or powered winches—from the in-dash touchscreen.
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.
While you’re not likely to see any CES action from the major car makers, the show does attract its fair share of killer automobiles, usually in the form of product displays that show off other manufacturer’s newest wares. A couple that caught our eye were these beasts in the Alpine USA booth. This Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Chevy Silverado have both been transformed into rides that might be better suited to the Dakar Rally than the Las Vegas Strip. Of course, in addition to countless body and performance upgrades, the interiors are sporting the latest in Alpine’s in-dash multimedia/navigation units, speakers, and subs. Check out the videos for a closer look at the extensive work that’s been done to both vehicles, and keep your eyes peeled for another post later today where we’ll get a closer look at all of Alpine’s audio offerings.