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CES 2017: SpeedX Unicorn Smart Road Bike

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

For years, bicycle computers have been getting smarter and smarter, adding options like wireless data transmission and GPS tracking, and integrating with a bike’s drivetrain to track gearing and power output. There are countless options on the market, offering increasing levels of features and complexity. The new SpeedX Unicorn smart road bike simplifies everything by baking those features right into the bicycle itself. And if you’re worried about a tech-company focusing on gadgetry instead of bike performance, fret not. The SpeedX Unicorn is a high-tech machine built from the ground up to go toe-to-toe with top-tier racing bikes from the most well-known brands.

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CES 2017: Digitsole Connected Shoes

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

The seminal sci-fi comedy Back to the Future II was responsible for two of the greatest fantasies of the late 20th Century: the Cubs winning the World Series, and shoes that lace themselves. We were lucky enough to see that first wish finally come to fruition this fall, and after our visit with Digitsole, it looks like the second one has arrived as well.  Digitsole has been making waves at CES for the past few years, first getting rave reviews on their Warm Series of heated insoles back in 2015. This year, Digitsole displayed a full complement of connected shoes.

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CES 2017: Mohu AirWave Wireless HD Antenna

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

We expected that one of the trends at this year’s CES would be continued development of products that help make cord-cutting and mobile consumption of media even easier than they’ve gotten in the past few years. And sure enough, one of the first products we saw at CES Unveiled was the new Mohu AirWave Wireless HD antenna, which will likely become a favorite of cord-cutters everywhere.

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LG Channel Plus Is Finally Bringing Your Favorite Live TV & Streaming Content Together!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

There has never been a better time to look at an LG TV than now, because once again LG has set the benchmark with a new feature called Channel Plus, which gives you an all new way to access content through your TV. Channel Plus takes all of the confusion out of watching content from multiple sources by combining all of them into a single system for a seamless viewing experience. LG has partnered with Xumo to provide more than fifty channels of digital content for their users, featuring content from network stations and streaming channels, and combined this with over-the-air broadcasts. The result is a stress-free interface that makes it easy to watch content from across all sources. Perhaps the best aspect of the new Channel Plus feature is that all this new content is completely free of charge. Thats right, 50+ channels of original programming that won’t cost you a penny in monthly subscription fees.

What will you be watching on these free channels? Well, quite a lot actually, from live sports to news, television programs to movies, and much more, giving you nearly endless content to choose from. Channel Plus was created to make viewing easy for users, so it includes a universal search lets to seek out and watch content across all sources from one screen. Whether you watch from a streaming service or a program tuned in on a set-top antenna, you won’t need to switch to another input to find it.  Channel Plus displays all of the available content in your on-screen cable guide. It’s all available in the same location and there will always be new to choose from. Right now there are about 60 channels to watch, but more will be added every month, so the content keeps growing and growing.

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A variety of publications are creating content to further reach their audiences, so rest assured there will be something for everyone. Well-known publications like Time, Bloomberg, and PBS will all be sharing content to educate and inform to make us better people. While other publications like the Onion, Cracked, and Funny or Die will be sharing content that will  keep us entertained and make us laugh hysterically. This unique content, supplied by Xumo, is in addition to the programs you can watch from local stations like ABC, CBS, and NBC.

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Because the digital content is being streamed, you’ll also have DVR control over them. You can pause, rewind, and skip through videos at your command. Watching the FOX Sports channel and you want to re-watch that walk-off home run over and over again? The rewind function will become your new best friend. Not into sports? That’s okay! Let’s say you found a channel that you absolutely adore. Now you can scroll through the library of on-demand content to easily binge watch every video they offer.

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Once you start using Channel Plus you won’t want to think about what life was like before you had it. One of the biggest obstacles to cord-cutting is learning how to juggle multiple content sources, having to switch inputs to move from your streaming channels to your OTA broadcasts, or needing separate menus to search through a different library for every source. If you’d like an easier way to navigate your content, upgrading to an LG TV with WebOS 3.0 and Channel Plus might be just the ticket. We here at Abt want to say thank you to the folks at LG who continually create new and exciting features that keep pushing the envelope of what was once thought impossible from a standard television.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Looking for a great gift for a stressed-out parent or frequent business traveler? Consider a pair of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones. They make a gift that’s both thoughtful and entertaining, letting the recipient enjoy both some much-needed peace and quiet, and stellar audio quality. There are more noise-cancelling wireless headphones on the market than ever before, so we took a closer look at the two most popular models to help you decide which will make the better gift.

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The MDR-1000x are the flagship Sony noise-cancelling headphones. Sony packed its most advanced noise-cancelling technology into these over-the-ear cans, which feature 40mm drivers and utilize the company’s proprietary LDAC wireless protocol to effortlessly transmit three times more data than normal Bluetooth Audio. As a result, the MDR-1000x can match the audio quality of a wired source, and are even capable of playing High-Resolution Audio content. Check out the video for more on the Sony MDR-1000x:

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Nintendo Switch Revealed

Friday, October 21st, 2016

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.

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Grand Opening of the Abt Inspiration Studio

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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.

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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…)

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Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature Headphones

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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.

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The Sony ZD9 Series Is Here

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Sony Z9D Series

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. Sony has successfully used several different features to make this the most spectacular picture they have ever produced for consumers. Its design alone portrays.. (more…)

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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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