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Technologist Tuesday-Football Tech Talk

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

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1)      Camera Technology:  Have you seen the techie fight scenes when two rivals are flying toward each other in slow motion and then the camera begins to circle around them?  Well, Thanks to Replay Technologies’ proprietary freeD technology, you’ll see this on the field.  In fact, you may have already seen it in the 2012 Olympics, 2012 PGA Championship and Yankee Games.   If you’re a Cowboy fan or a fan of an NFL team that will visit Arlington Texas’ At&t Stadium, then be excited when a review is needed.  There are 12 Cameras stationed on both ends of that field.  They will be able to provide some pretty serious reviews from the end zone to the 20 yard line.  They use Teledyne Dalsa Falcon 2 cameras that are all synchronized to record a moment from all different angles.  The freeD technology considers this group of 12 4K equivalent cameras acting as one.  The result is the sci-fi ability to re-position your view in ways the traditional cameras won’t.  The data from the cameras courses into a brain room where you have the right staff ready to provide you a quick replay that will definitely impress you.  I polled Abt employees to see if anyone witnessed some freeD reviews in Sunday night’s Cowboys vs. Giants game.  Some of those I asked said they watched some of the game and none witnessed any freeD action.  It would be nice if they used this technology all throughout the game instead of the limited review moments.  https://vimeo.com/66628788     http://vimeo.com/73813078

2)      Protection Technology:  We used to sell Tech21 iPhone & iPad cases.  They use D3O material inside their products.  They were even cool enough to send us a vat of raw D30.  We had a blast.  We wrapped up our thumb and took a hammer to it (just like their videos) and to our amazement, it worked!  This gooey orange stuff is made of molecules that, upon shock, lock together.  They absorb the impact and spread the shock across the D3O.  Today, over 20 sporting good brands have partnered with D3o Technology.  One of these brands, All-Star, already sells d3o integrated Girdles, Shoulder Protective Base Layers, Crash Pads for forearms and Lineman Gloves.  Schutt Sports just created the first sport helmets lined with d3o for baseball and softball.  Perhaps football helmets are next?  D3o goo  On a related note, Professor Vijay Gupta from UCLA has been getting a lot of attention for his shock absorbing polymer.  Hope these scientists entered the NFL Head Health Challenge II.  This NFL Sponsored program is awarding millions of dollars to those that participate in this quest to reduce brain injuries.  Meanwhile, I wish the 2013 NFL season the best of luck handling the average 1600lb force the average tackle brings.

3)      3D TV!: Eye popping amazing graphics flying at your face and changing the way you experience the big game is…….not going to happen (yet).  ESPN 3D channel is apparently shutting down by the end of the year.  Don’t worry though; our 3D favorite Avatar has a sequel that’ll hit the theaters in 2016.   By then we’ll probably have enjoyed a 3d Super bowl.  I’m sure the future will help to ease the burdens associated with broadcasting a live 3D event. Once technology gets us over that hurdle, we’ll see more 3D TV broadcasts.  Meanwhile, we’ll enjoy some really cool 3D movies.

4)      LASERS!  Laser projected First Down lines? Seen at the stadium or on TV could be a laser projected line instead of the old school chain measurement.  NFL still not sure if this is going to be a reality.  Seemed to be a hot topic in January 2013 and suddenly, no one is talking about it.  First Down Laser Systems, LLC seems to  have a positive attitude.  I can hear the sportscaster now, “Ooooh, looks like a close one Roger…Oh Yea!  They’re firing up the lasers!”

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5)      Microsoft & NFL: New Xbox One delivers us a new way to watch the game?  Microsoft and the NFL struck a deal that enables Microsoft to get hands on with how people enjoy the game.  I have a feeling that this will be most important to fantasy football fans.  We’ll see. It does look very cool.

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6)      Full Field View:  64:9 720P Ultra-Wide Cameras that can record the entire field at once?  Can you image hanging’ out a bar to watch your favorite NFL team play and instead of a big screen TV there’s a wall of 4 monster HD TVs?  Your team’s end zone is off on the TV on the left and on the 4th TV to the right is the End zone of your opponent.   As silly as that may seem, I’d visit that bar at least once.  Panasonic’s already built this recording beast.

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Da Bears!

-The Technologist

The New Sharp 90-inch TV Dominates Any Home Theater

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

How big is a big screen TV?  40 inches? 55 inches?  80 inches?  How about 90 inches of 3D LED High Definition for you?

That’s what Sharp is bringing into consumer’s homes with the new 90-inch 3d LED Sharp Aquos TV.  The 90LE745 is the world’s largest LED TV and part of Sharp’s large-screen 3D line of AQUOS Smart LED TVs. This 90” inch TV looks great in any living room too!  It has a brushed aluminum black bezel that adds an elegant look.  If you love to stream movies and shows, the built-in Wi-Fi in Sharp’s SmartCentral lets you access today’s most popular apps or even browse the web.

If you are looking for a big TV experience, look no further than the Sharp AQUOS 90-inch LED TV!

Abt @ CES 2012: High’s and Lows

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

CES 2012 is wrapping up and there were sure a lot of interesting new items showcased.  For one thing, futuristic cars are definitely on the minds of manufacturers and consumers alike.  Not only does the impending crop of vehicles specialize in gadgets to keep the driver and pedestrian safer, but also to keep them entertained.

The other popular trend was the continuation of 3D and touch screen TVs.  From glasses-less TVs to computer screens, manufacturers are interested in showing and perfecting visuals that come straight at you and can be manipulated by your own hands, face and voice.  Here’s to the next CES being just as successful and adventurous as this one!

p.s.  I’m not going to say there were a whole lot of “lows” at CES 2012, but the video below assaults every one of my senses and an almost horrific way.

Abt @ CES 2012: Sony Glasses-Free 3D TV

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Looking to get a 3D TV, but don’t like having to wear clunky 3D glasses?  Sony has just the solution for you: a glasses-free 3D TV.  Jon Abt saw various models of what Sony has to offer, but he preferred the smaller screens compared to the larger ones.  Since it is newer technology, Sony may need to figure out all the bells and whistles, but glasses-free 3D TVs are a great idea.  Hopefully it will be perfected soon and viewers can immerse themselves in an amazing cinematic experience.

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Internet TV or 3D TV? Fight!!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

According to a new survey from Parks Associates, 20% of all U.S. households intend to purchase a new flat-panel television by the end of the year.  The majority of those potential TV buyers are looking to purchase an internet TV over a 3D TV.  ”It’s definitely a reflection of consumer sentiment today that is much more highly geared towards connectivity and its practical benefit; that is, greater access to content through services such as Netflix and others,” says Kurt Scherf, VP of Parks Associates.

However, with the two technologies more commonly being combined, people are interested in getting more bang for their buck.  Steve Pawlak from Abt Web Sales mentions, “People are calling more about 3D, but asking if it’s Wi-fi capable at the same time.”

While flat-panel TV sales continue to grow, specific features are really up to the individual customer.  What do you prefer?  Internet TV or a 3D TV, or both?

National 3D Day At Abt Electronics

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Come out to Abt Electronics today for the last day of National 3D Demo Days. National 3D Demo Days is a nationwide campaign to help educate consumers about 3D technology and how it can be brought into their very own home. 3D is not just for your TV but also for audio, cameras, video games and computers. If you visit Abt you will be able to check out demos of 3D TVs, find out information on the newest 3D technology and get answers to all your burning 3D questions.

3D Glasses Manufacturers Unite!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Big TV manufacturers like Panasonic, Samsung Electronics and Sony recently announced plans to jointly develop a specification for 3D active-shutter glasses based on Bluetooth wireless technology.  The companies’ Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative is designed to standardize consumer 3D active glasses, enabling “universal” glasses that would work with Panasonic, Samsung and Sony 3DTVs, as well as potentially others.

The new standardization can help out consumers as the price of 3D glass should eventually drop in price.  According to an article by Multichannel News, the general public hasn’t exactly welcomed 3D at home with open arms.  Manufacturers hope that this new way of production will increase availability and interest to a broader audience.

Samsung Dominant with 3D

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Samsung is ahead of the pack when it comes to the sale of 3d TVs. Despite a lot of competitors, Samsung continues to outsell other manufacturers by offering new technologies and sleek designs.  Samsung was the first major manufacturer to introduce a commercially available 3D TV in the US back in 2009.  Back then, there wasn’t a high demand for 3D TVs.  But even though there is now a lot of competition and even different formats for 3D technology, Samsung accounts for over 61% of the entire market for sold 3D TVs.

If you haven’t yet jumped on the 3D experience and have been thinking about a Samsung, check out our full line of Samsung 3D TVs.

CES 2011: Samsung 3D, Thin TVs and More!

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Samsung had a huge display this year at CES.  From their super thin TVs, to their 3D technology and portable devices, including their new Google TV items, Samsung is looking to wow the consumers this year with their new products.  The images from their new line of LED 3D TVs are absolutely stunning.  We are definitely looking forward to having them on our showroom floors.

Samsung is also releasing the world’s thinnest Blu-ray player, the  Samsung BD-D7500.  A big hit at CES with its  slick, metal design.

Will 3D Be the Death of Standard HDTV?

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Everywhere you turn, there is something in the news, on line, in a blog, on TV, really everywhere, about 3D TV. It is fairly pricey right now, as so are the accessories—or rather necessities, like 3D glasses, Blu-ray, and HDMI cables.
But, if you remember the early days of the VCR, DVD, and Blu-ray player, they too were expensive when they first came to the market.
Check out this article on 3D technology. Do you think 3D TVs are going to be the death of standard HDTVs? Let me know what you think!

-Kelly Brummett