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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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Save on New Year’s Fitness Bundles

January 3rd, 2017

If getting in shape is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, but you just can’t seem to make it to the gym, maybe it’s time to bring the gym home to you. A treadmill, elliptical machine or stationary bike are great ways to get a regular cardio workout in, and when they’re in the next room over it’s hard to make excuses to skip your workout. Now, for a limited time, when you buy select machines at Abt, you’ll get one or more fitness gadgets to help in your journey to a better you, absolutely free. Read the rest of this entry »

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Abt is Going to CES 2017!

December 30th, 2016

In the consumer electronics industry, the holiday shopping season is just the first half of the fun of winter. Every January, thousands upon thousands of people (177,393 in 2016, to be exact) descend upon Las Vegas to attend CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. CES is the world’s largest technology trade show,  bringing together manufacturers, retailers, journalists, and anyone with a foot in the tech industry for a week of new product reveals, technology exhibitions and all kinds of other high-tech fun. And we’ll be in the thick of the action, covering all of the most exciting CES 2017 happenings here on the Abt Blog and on the Abt YouTube Channel.

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2016: Abt’s Year in Review

December 29th, 2016

New Year’s Eve is just a few days away, which brings to an end one of the most fun-filled, eventful years in Abt’s history. As we close out 2016, here’s a look back at some of the notable happenings at Abt, in no particular order:

Unveiling of the Abt Inspiration Studio

The Inspiration Studio is the result of Bob Abt’s vision for the ultimate kitchen showroom imaginable. As John Hammond from Jurassic Park might say, “We spared no expense.” Filled with the finest appliances in the industry, in kitchen vignettes created by renowned kitchen designer Mick DeGiulio, the Inspiration Studio is meant to do just what its name says. Working appliances and a welcoming environment are here to inspire customers to discover the design or products that will become their dream kitchen. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s Time To Start Cooking With Frigidaire’s Induction Technology

December 26th, 2016

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Induction cooking is the safest and most efficient way to cook your favorite meals. Induction cooktops use electricity and electromagnetic technology to heat only the pan, which leaves the burner plate much cooler than a standard electric radiant burner. Basically, the pan becomes the burner, which eliminates heat transfer through the glass cooktop surface. In order for this to occur, induction cooking requires magnetic cookware. So if a magnet can stick to your pan you can use it with a Frigidaire induction cooktop! People everywhere are switching over to Frigidaire’s induction technology. Check out the video below to find out why, and read on to learn more about all of the amazing benefits!

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Happy Holidays!

December 24th, 2016

Happy Holidays, from all of us here at Abt! We hope everyone has a joyous weekend, whether it’s filled with vibrant family celebrations or calm, quiet nights. As a reminder, we will be closing early on Christmas Eve (at 6 p.m. CST) and will be closed all day Christmas Day, spending some much needed time unwinding after a hectic shopping season. Abt will be back to normal store hours on Monday, for those of you who’ve got gift cards to spend or returns to make!

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