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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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CES 2016: HAIRMAX LaserBand 82

January 5th, 2016

While at CES 2016 our team stumbled upon the HAIRMAX LaserBand 82, a revolutionary new hair growth solution. This product stimulates hair to grow faster and easier, resulting in normalized hair growth cycles.

How it works, the HAIRMAX LaserBand 82 is placed on ones scalp for 90 seconds. Starting with the front, the user places the LaserBand 82 on their scalp for 30 seconds, then places it on the middle of their scalp for an additional 30 seconds, and then finally placing it on the back of their scalp for the remaining 30 seconds. This process is repeated three times a week, and results will become visible after about 12 weeks.

This interesting technology is an FDA cleared treatment that is clinically proven to be safe and effective. The secret behind the HAIRMAX LaserBand 82 is its low level light therapy, which works through photobiostimulation. The light energy penetrates to the hair follicles, in order to stimulate stronger hair growth. It increases blood flow to the scalp while stimulating the hair follicles, which reverses the thinning process. This allows hair to grow in longer, stronger, denser and fuller. The LaserBand 82 has a 90% success rate, which is why it’s being referred to as the fastest hair loss treatment on the market.

Currently the LaserBand 82 is available on HAIRMAX’s website for the retail price of $795.

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CES 2016: Withings Thermo Smart Thermometer

January 5th, 2016

Since the dawn of the Internet of Things, CES has been the place to see the latest in connected devices, both those ready for store shelves and the more conceptual ideas. Perhaps no other category debuts more connected devices than the health and fitness industry. Withings is a French consumer electronics company who has carved out a niche offering an assortment of connected health devices, from smart scales to elegant activity trackers. We caught up with them to find out more about their latest smart device, the Withings Thermo. The Thermo is a smart thermometer that promises to simplify the often-arduous task of taking accurate body temperature.  Instead of going under the tongue or into, uh, other places, the Thermo is a temporal thermometer. While that sounds like some sort of time-travel measurement device, it just means that the Thermo takes your temperature at the temporal point of your head, aka your temple.

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Using the Withings Thermo.

A collection of 16 integrated sensors take 4,000 micro-measurements in just two seconds, making the Thermo as easy to use as a stick of HeadOn (“Apply directly to the forehead!”). Withings says the Thermo is just as accurate as any other form of temperature measurement, if not more so. Once the temperature is taken, the info is sent directly to the corresponding smartphone app via Wi-Fi. One of the main benefits of a Wi-Fi link is its always-connected state, so the user does not have to pair with the device before each use, as they would need to with a Bluetooth connection. From the app, the user can create a report by adding symptoms, additional notes, or even a photo of themselves. This report can then be forwarded to a doctor or pharmacist, helping expedite the process of diagnosing the user, or can be saved to a calendar to serve as a reference for future doctor visits. Time saved at the doctor and hassles averted when taking temperature could make the Withings Thermo a great investment for families with young children. Check out the vid to see the Withings Thermo in action:

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CES 2016: ICrealtech Allie Camera

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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CES 2016: The Year of the Drone

January 5th, 2016

If 2015 was the year that consumer “drones” became a household topic, 2016 looks to be the year that they’ll reach ubiquity. From integrated optics that put pro-level video quality on an affordable aerial platform to ultra-efficient designs that triple the typical fly-time, everything about drones is becoming better and easier to use.

We picked the brain of industry leader DJI Global, whose Phantom quadcopters have become nearly synonymous with the term “drone.” After bringing easy flight control and built-in cameras to the masses, DJI continues to tweak its offerings as its most advanced tech trickles down to the entry-level models. Their newest model is the DJI Phantom 3 4K, which takes the Ultra High Defintion video capability of its flagship drones, the DJI Inspire 1 and the Phantom 3 Professional, and puts it in a consumer model. By cutting out some of the pro features—like an increased operating range and the Lightbridge transmission system—DJI has created a drone for casual users who still demand the ultimate in video quality. It should be hitting the shelves soon, costing just under a thousand bucks.

We also stopped by the Parrot booth to find out about their autonomous aerial vehicle, the Disco. Parrot has gone in a different direction with the Disco, opting for a “flying wing” body style instead of the typical quadcopter configuration. This design gives Parrot a few huge advantages. Firstly, its insanely easy to launch—as simple as throwing it into the air—and easy to fly, with the wide body more stable than a quadcopter while aloft. And high-tech control systems take advantage of a suite of integrated sensors to make controlling the Disco a breeze. The winged design is also much more energy-efficient than a quadcopter, giving the Disco up to 45 minutes of flight time. Oh, and it also cruises at nearly 50 mph. The catch? Because it can’t hover, you won’t be able to easily achieve the cinematic slow-panning scenic shots that have made drone videos so popular. No price or definitive release date have been announced, but Parrot is expecting the Disco to hit the skies this calendar year.

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The Parrot Disco eschews the quadcopter form factor in favor of a flying-wing design.

Advancements in A.I. and autopilot systems have made it easier than ever to operate drones, which has made the barrier to entry lower than ever before. Some see this as a good thing, bringing scores of new participants to the hobby, while others see it as a bad thing—the easier drones are to get in the air, the higher the odds get that an accident occurs. It’s been a hot-button topic, with stories like the falling drone that nearly crushed a World Cup skier and the announcement of the Federal Unmanned Aircraft Systems registration program. What does the future hold for the drone industry? No one can say for sure, but from we’ve seen here at CES 2016, the sky’s the limit. We’d love to hear your thoughts on world of remote flying vehicles!

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Abt at CES 2016!

January 5th, 2016

After a day of travel, a quick stop at In-N- Out Burger, and an evening wandering the floor for the show’s preliminary phase, CES Unveiled, we’re now out in full-on discovery mode at CES 2016. Join us as we spend the next three days getting the low-down on this year’s hottest upcoming products and most ambitious concepts. From quadcopters equipped with 4K cameras to connected devices infiltrating every last corner of our homes, we want to see it—and let you see it, too. Follow us here and at the Abt Youtube Page, where we’ll be uploading tons of videos of our favorite things at CES 2016. And please let us know if there’s something you’d like us to track down. We’ll do our best to find it!

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The Abt CES 2016 Team.

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Busy first night!

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Vitamix at Abt Electronics

January 4th, 2016

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Its likely that many of us have multiple gadgets that take too much space in the kitchen like juicers, food processors, and blenders.  Wouldn’t it be great to eliminate all of the clutter and just have one device that can do almost everything? Thanks to Vitamix, there’s finally a blender that can perform many tasks and can also improve your diet. Vitamix blenders are built for great performance and reliability while providing you all the rich and essential nutrients needed for a balanced and healthy diet. These blenders have the quality and precision of a commercial machine, it’s quieter and has a more elegant design. Each blender has stainless steel blades strong enough to turn grains in flour but also gentle enough for your simple mixing needs. Not only do the blades mix and blend, but they also boost nutritional value. Each blender has the capability to release the essential nutrients needed for a healthier lifestyle because of their highly powered blades. Here at Abt, we are proud to carry a great selection of Vitamix blenders and accessories. Visit our store or shop online, and we’ll gladly help you start or continue a healthier lifestyle. Click here to see our selection of Vitamix blenders and accessories. 

 

Also check out below for videos and recipes for Vitamix Blenders!

 

 

Recipes

Using your Vitamix blender makes prepping and cooking a breeze. Cut down on the chopping and mixing, and let your Vitamix do the work. Here are a couple of recipes from Vitamix that you can try out! It’s simply fast and delicious cooking done right!

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What you will need:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 6 ounces (170 g) roasted red pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
  • ½ cup (120 g) tahini paste
  • 2 ½ Tablespoon (38 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 (6 g) garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 3 cups (720 g) canned garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 1 minute using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades, or until smooth. Add additional water if necessary to keep mixture flowing freely through blades.

 

*This recipe has been written for the C-Series and G-Series machines with Variable Speed control and 64-ounce container. If you are using a different Vitamix machine or container size, you may need to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.

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Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2016

Another year is in the books. A big “Thank You” goes out to everyone who chose Abt in 2015, helping make it such a great year. We’re excited for everything to come in 2016, so here’s to a healthy and happy 2016. Happy New Year!

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