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CES 2016: Transparent TVs

January 6th, 2016

Televisions have been getting thinner and thinner every year, bringing us to today’s svelte OLED TVs that measure under a centimeter in depth. An ultrathin TV flush-mounted to the wall blends into existing home decor much better than the huge tube TVs of yesteyear. Even relatively recent plasma TVs are bulky in comparison. But view an OLED TV from the side and it almost disappears. So perhaps the next evolution in TVs will be to make them almost literally vanish with the push of a button. This year at CES, we’ve scoped out transparent TVs from two of the big names in display technology.

Panasonic cleverly integrated their transparent LED TV into home shelving, so when the TV is powered off it acts as a display case for knick-knacks or photos.

Samsung, meanwhile, utilized OLEDs to achieve a similar effect.


Samsung’s display hints towards a more commercial application, as opposed to home use. Although, we do like the suggestion that panels like these may one day replace windows—we’d never have to suffer through a gloomy Chicago winter day again! There’s no definitive release information set for either of these examples, so don’t expect to see transparent TVs (pun intended) in stores any time soon.

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CES 2016: Faraday Future Electric Supercar

January 6th, 2016

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.

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The Faraday Future FFZERO1

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CES 2016: Samsung with World’s Largest 170″ SUHDTV

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: Alpine In-Dash Restyle System for Trucks and SUVs

January 6th, 2016

It’s no secret that we love Alpine audio. Their lineup of Restyle in-dash navigation and entertainment units for trucks and SUVs has been immensely popular, with the X009-WRA system being the choice for our very-own Jeep Wrangler project vehicle.

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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.

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CES 2016: Misfit Shine 2

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

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: Alpine USA’s Jeep and Chevy Silverado Display Vehicles

January 6th, 2016
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Alpine USA’s Jeep Wrangler Unlimited display.

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.

Alpine USA Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at CES 2016

 

Alpine USA Chevy Silverado at CES 2016

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CES 2016: IndoTraq Indoor Tracking for Virtual Reality

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

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: Adult Beverages, Smart Style

January 5th, 2016

As connected devices further wend their way into every corner of our homes, enterprising brands are finding new and interesting ways to take advantage of smart technology. We’ve seen plenty of smart kitchen appliances in the past, and two we scoped out at CES 2016 offer a bit of a twist (lemon, if you like). These devices bring new levels of customization to the ages-old tradition of enjoying alcoholic beverages.

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The PicoBrew Pico Smart Home Brewing System. Brew beer on your kitchen counters in three easy steps.

If a Keurig coffeemaker and a slow-cooker got together one evening to enjoy some beer and a little alone time, the resultant baby would be the PicoBrew Pico Smart Brewing System. The craft beer explosion has made home-brewing more popular than ever, but it’s still a task that requires patience, specialized equipment, and at least a basic understanding of typical beer ingredients. PicoBrew is a home-brewing option for those looking for a lower barrier to entry. Simply insert the prepackaged ingredient combo into the brewing system, add optional additional ingredients, and turn a knob. In a week, you have freshly-brewed custom beer to enjoy, straight out of a mini keg. Agreements with popular breweries let you make your favorite beers at home. The PicoBrew might never replace the handcrafting process for dedicated home-brewers, but it will put custom brews in the bellies of those hoping to dip their toes in the hobby.

The Keurig analogy continues on with our next find, the D-Vine from French startup 10-Vins. Described as having a personal French sommelier in your home, the D-Vine is designed to select and pour you the perfect glass of wine in only a minute. True wine aficionados understand the importance of proper decantation and serving temperature to the taste of a wine, but casual wine drinkers who aren’t as in-the-know might  inadvertently let their vino suffer, and they probably don’t have a wine refrigerator full of options to choose from. 10-Vins created the D-Vine so everyone can get the maximum enjoyment out of every wine, without needing extensive knowledge of the craft.

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The 10-Vins D-Vine smart wine dispenser, with an assortment of wines.

To enjoy a perfect glass of wine from the D-Vine, you select a wine from the selection of available types, which come packaged in single-serving canisters. Each canister is labeled with an RFID chip that stores info about the optimal serving temperature and level of aeration. In less than a minute, the D-Vine brings your wine to that temperature and oxygen level, ensuring you get maximum taste out of every sip. The single-serving flacons let you throw a dinner party and serve a different varietal of wine to every guest, without the worry of letting an open bottle of vino go bad.  We got to talk to the inventor of the D-Vine at CES:

And they even gave us a hands-on demonstration:

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