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CES 2017: New Products from Belkin

January 5th, 2017

Belkin has long been one of the top names in technology accessories, creating products that make it easier to use your tablet, computer, smartphone or other devices. At CES Unveiled, we got a closer look at some of their new accessories for 2017. While the selection was iPhone-heavy, Belkin does also have non-iOS options for most of these accessories in the pipeline. While it may seem like there’s only so much innovation a company can do with a power cable or phone case, Belkin has thought of some clever improvements to each.

Check out the DuraTek Lightning cable, which is wrapped in DuPont Kevlar fabric (the stuff used to make bulletproof vests), built to withstand 5000+bend cycles and equipped with a laser-welded connector that withstands over 40 lbs of force. It very well may be the last Lightning cable you ever buy.

The advanced materials and construction of the Belkin DuraTek will make it the last cable you ever need to buy.

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CES 2017: Cosmo Connected Brake Light

January 4th, 2017

SpeedX wasn’t the only company at CES 2017 bringing smart technology to the world of two wheels. At CES Unveiled, we got a look at the Cosmo Connected smart brake lights. Designed for a motorcycle helmets—but adaptable to some bicycle helmets—the Cosmo Connected is an auxiliary brake light meant to be worn on the back of the rider’s helmet. In this position, the extra-bright light is at eye-level for other motorists on the road, making them more aware of the rider’s position. In addition to operating like a normal brake light—getting brighter as the rider stops—the Cosmo Connected can be set to constant flashing, or extra visibility.

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CES 2017: SpeedX Unicorn Smart Road Bike

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: Lenovo VR Headset

January 4th, 2017

Virtual Reality (VR) has made its way in the tech world, and especially in the gaming world. Virtual reality is fully immersive, giving you an extraordinary 3D experience. Top manufacturers like Lenovo are stepping up their game by providing more content and a better experience. The Abt team was able to get a sneak peek at Lenovo’s new VR headset at CES 2017. Just recently, Microsoft released Microsoft Holographic, a platform for VR experience that Lenovo  plans for their headsets to run on. Microsoft Holographic offers new and diverse content, providing thousands of apps available to view on VR. This means, not only will the new Lenovo Virtual Reality Headset serve for gaming purposes, but also for communication and productivity.

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CES 2017: Digitsole Connected Shoes

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: AcousticSheep Dozer and SleepPhones

January 4th, 2017

If you’re one of the estimated 60 million people a year who have trouble falling asleep, you may have found that listening to soothing music before bed makes the Zs come easier. In fact, the practice is actually encouraged, especially for those with chronic sleep disorders or the over-stressed. But if you’ve ever tried it with headphones, chances are you’ve woken up tangled in cord, if you were lucky enough to get the headphones to stay on for more than a few minutes. And headphones are pretty much a no-go if you’re a side-sleeper. AcousticSheep aims to change the game for bedtime music listeners.

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CES 2017: iPowerUp Solar Charging Phone Case

January 4th, 2017

Whether you are texting your pals or watching the next big thing on YouTube, every now and then your phone needs to charge. But sometimes, depending on the time and place, you might not have access to a phone charger. Thanks to iPowerUp, our team was able to discover their newest product that can solve our charging issues, a solar charging phone case!

During the CES 2017 Unveiled event, iPowerUp showed off their next generation solar charging phone case. The phone case is an AC/DC USB charging case that can charge your phone without a cable. It’s convenient and gets you through the day without plugging it in! The solar charging device contains a digital meter, so it can tell you how much charge your phone is getting. The device averages about 450-500 milliamps per hour, meaning with an hour’s worth of solar charge, you can take 3 hr phone call or surf the web for an hour and a half. By the end of the day, you can plug in it in and it will charge both the phone case and your phone’s battery. For now, iPowerUp has these solar charging cases for Apple iPhones 6, 6s, and 7; but their next release will be for Samsung.

 

 

For more information check out http://ipowerup.com/

Can’t wait until it hits the shelves? Take a look at our charging phone cases and other cell phone accessories by clicking here!

 

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CES 2017: Rotex Electronic Tattoo

January 4th, 2017

Every year for the last few years, wearable technology has been one of the hottest topics at CES. We’ve seen everything from smartwatches to smart shoes, smart jewelry and smart shirts, and smart functions added to just about anything else you can attach to your body. This year, we got up close and personal with smart tattoo. The Rotex Electronic Tattoo claims to perform many of the typical functions of your wrist-mounted activity tracker—monitoring vital signs, brainwaves, muscle performance, etc.—through an ultrathin adhesive patch that sticks directly to your skin. There is even the possibility that these tattoos can track muscle movements and translate them into commands that would allow the wearer to wirelessly control a device.

No other equipment is needed for the tattoo to perform its monitoring, though a small auxiliary device about the size of a package of gum is used to read the recorded data. That device can then send the data to your smartphone or computer for further analysis. The tattoos are temporary, but should last a full week, surviving showers and regular exercise. Will this replace your Fitbit? Not likely, though it might someday. A more likely application would be for people who need to monitor their vitals for significant health reasons but don’t want to wear a bracelet or other comparatively bulky device 24/7. The Rotex Electronic Tattoo will be hitting the market sometime mid-year, so keep an eye out if it’s of any interest to you!

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CES 2017: Mohu AirWave Wireless HD Antenna

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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Abt is on the Scene at CES 2017!

January 3rd, 2017

Our team has landed in Las Vegas and already hit the floor at the Consumer Electronics Show! Tonight’s main event is CES Unveiled, which is a welcome day for media to get settled in and for vendors and brands to get early word out about the innovative products they’ll be showing off. Press and industry folks from more than 150 countries will spend the night mingling, before tomorrow’s media events and the official opening to the convention on January 5th. You can expect to begin seeing CES videos on the Abt YouTube channel tomorrow, January 4th. If you’d like to get a taste of what CES is like before then, feel free to check out our CES 2016 video playlist, and be sure to come back to catch this year’s action!

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