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CES 2016: FitBit Blaze Fitness Watch

Friday, January 8th, 2016

In the world of fitness, FitBit is recognized as one of the most popular fitness tracking devices out there. This week at CES, the company unveiled its brand new FitBit Blaze – their second fitness watch to date. The Blaze is much different from what we are used to seeing from the brand and this year Fitbit has managed to deliver a Smartwatch that can compete in not only tech, but style as well.

Close-up of the sleek FitBit Blaze in a stainless steel band.

Close-up of the sleek FitBit Blaze in a stainless steel band.

Considering that the company occupies about 88% of the total health and fitness wearable market, bringing style to their technology is something many consumers’ have been waiting for. The fitness watch features a colorful touchscreen display and a collection of stylish leather and stainless steel band accessories to choose from. You can wear a casual band for working out and easily swap it out for a fancier choice when going out for the night.

Closer look at the FitBit display at CES of the different bands you can use to personalize the Blaze Fitness Watch.

FitBit display at CES.

The main purpose of the FitBit Blaze is still heavily focused on monitoring your fitness. It includes features such as PurePulse™Heart Rate monitoring, Connected GPS tracking, and On-Screen Workouts. Unfortunately, it does not come with built-in GPS to track your fitness on its own. However, you are able to tether it to your Smartphone and bring your mobile device along for a run or bike ride to still track your route. FitBit has also included On-Screen Workouts, a newer feature that allows you to choose from three popular workout plans accessible directly from your wrist. But perhaps the biggest difference that sets the FitBit apart from all the other fitness trackers is its SmartTrack feature. SmartTrack knows exactly what type of exercise you’re doing – without you having to touch a button. Whether you are hiking or bike riding, the built-in sensors detect your current workout and automatically log your movements for tracking. This applies to their sleep monitoring as well; the FitBit Blaze knows when you’re asleep based on your movements, so you don’t have to bother with simple tasks such as remembering to switch it into sleep-mode.

Last but not least, we absolutely cannot forget to mention that the Blaze fitness watch can also send notifications from your Smartphone to the watch. You are able to answer (or reject) phone calls, check out incoming text messages and receive calendar alerts, which is partially what allows it to hold a Smartwatch title!

All in all, the FitBit Blaze is a huge step-up for the brand in the wearable tech category. Not to mention, its thin and sleek design will surely appeal to fashionable health “techies” everywhere. Currently it’s only available to pre-order for the retail price of $199.95, with an expected arrival date in March of this year.

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CES 2016: HAIRMAX LaserBand 82

Tuesday, 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 2014 Coverage from Abt Electronics

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

CES 2014 COVERAGE JOSH ADAMThe 2014 Consumer Electronics Show is currently underway in sunny Las Vegas, so we let a few Abt team members escape the arctic Chicago weather to get the scoop on the industry’s best upcoming products. As info from our guys on the ground filters over, we’ll be bringing you photos, videos and specs on the hottest new  TVs, cameras, computer products, home theater equipment and much, much more. Keep your eyes on the Abt Blog for in-depth articles, follow our Instagram feed for behind-the-scenes pics and of course check out the Abt Youtube channel for videos of our CES coverage.

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Samsung Smart Window Display Case

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Samsung Smart Window Display Case Gives Retailers a Futuristic Way to Display Products

CES 2013—When flat panel HDTVs  first started appearing in large sizes, I often joked that I’d like to replace all of the windows in my house with them, so I could see whatever scene I’d like outside. No more cloudy, rainy days or long winter nights. While modern 4K TVs can create a scene almost indistinguishable from real life, the obvious problem with my harebrained scheme was that occasionally, I would like to see outside. We found a solution to that problem last year, with the Samsung Smart Window, which can display graphics on an otherwise clear screen.

At CES 2013, we saw an interesting and practical implementation of my idea: the smart display case. Samsung equipped a traditional-looking retail display case with a smart window, allowing exhibitors the ability to showcase a product safely under wraps while enhancing the viewer’s experience with additional info via the display. The Samsung smart window display is an effective concept due not just to its practicality, but also its visual brilliance. This is something people stop to look at.

Illuminated rear and bottom panels keep both the items and the information on the smart window itself perfectly viewable at all times. Samsung’s Magicinfo system provides full PC control, so the window can be programmed to display just about any information the user desires: Spec lists, Where to Buy info, QR Codes, etc. It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing some cool augmented-reality implementations.

Samsung Smart window

We wouldn’t mind getting our hands on a few of these cases; with a showroom as large as ours, we’ll put them to good use.

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Samsung OLED TVs and the World’s Largest 4K TV

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Samsung OLED TVs and More at CES

 

Samsung OLED TVs

Entrance to the Samsung CES Booth

CES 2013— Samsung swung for the fences at CES this year, showcasing an assortment of very impressive HDTVs, among other things. Attendees entering the Samsung booth were first greeted by a trio of the company’s new 85-inch 4K HDTV. Besting the competition’s 4K TVs by an inch of screen real estate, the Samsung S9 is now the world’s largest 4K TV. The ultramodern “Timeless Gallery” frame of the S9 seems to reinforce its identity as a truly luxury item. Samsung has not yet announced price or release date.

Samsung OLED TVs

Samsung OLED TV with “World’s First” curved screen

Another futuristic, if sparsely-detailed, TV we saw was the Samsung OLED TV with the “world’s first” curved screen. The large-radius curve is noticeable from the sides of the set, and less so from the front. Samsung claims the design mimics that of an IMAX Theater, enveloping a viewer’s field of view. OLED technology allows the curvature, but has a primary benefit of better color and contrast, and lower power consumption than traditional LED tech.

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Sony Tap 20: Tablet or a desktop computer?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Sony Tap 20 Mobile Desktop Blurs the Line Between Tablet and Desktop Computer

SONY TAP 20

CES 2013— Sony’s CES booth provided no shortage of wows, but one of the more unusual products we spotted was the new 20-inch Sony Vaio Tap 20 Mobile Desktop. Yep, you read that right: 20 inches. While designed to be an easily movable desktop computer, the Sony Tap 20 also functions exactly like an oversized tablet. Whether or not you choose to use it that way depends on how you feel about lugging around 11 pounds of fragile glass and metal. But if you’re up for it, the touchscreen and fold-flat integrated stand let the Tap 20 function on a flat surface as well as it does in desktop mode.

Under the hood, the Sony Tap 20 is built like a fully-featured desktop, offering a choice of i3, i5 or i7 Intel Core processors, and running Windows 8. Traditional hard disk drives give it up to 1TB of storage, but add to the unit’s heft. A DC-in port, Gigabit Ethernet jack and two USB 3.0 jacks give it better connectivity than a tablet. The 20-inch display has a native resolution of 1600×900 and is powered by Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip. Notable absences include an optical drive and HDMI input, which does slightly limit the Tap 20’s multimedia usefulness.

Sony is targeting the multiple-user audience, like families, where the Tap 20 can be assigned to desktop homework duty one minute, and be transformed into a table-top multi-player gaming tablet the next. While many take Sony’s description of “portability” with a grain of salt,  there’s no doubt that it’s an interesting design, one we imagine people will find innovative ways to utilize. Just don’t expect to see anyone reading an eBook on the subway using it. The Tap 20 will cost between $899 and $1199, and is available now.

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W Series Walkman: Sony’s New Waterproof MP3 Player

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

W Series Walkman From Sony Brings Waterproof, Wireless Music To Your Workout

W Series Walkman

Sony’s W Series Walkman features a waterproof, one-piece design.

CES 2013— Swimmers and wet-weather workout warriors, rejoice! At Sony’s CES booth, the electronics giant displayed their new W Series Walkman Waterprof MP3 Player. The Sony NWZ-w273 features a unique, one-piece design that integrates the battery and MP3 player into the ear-bud units, for a truly wireless listening solution. Completely waterproof, the W Series Walkman can be submerged indefinitely at depths of 2 meters or less.

While the lightweight player will likely find favor with the water-sport crowd, anyone who works out enough to break a sweat will appreciate the design. I’ve had an MP3 player act up after sweat seeped into the headphone jack during a particularly grueling run, and Sony’s waterproof design will alleviate issues like that, not to mention running in the rain.

Sony did not cut corners when designing the waterproof, minimalist headset; the NWZ-W273 holds its own against traditional MP3 players. MP3, WMA, AAC-LC and L-PCM formats are supported; 4GB of integrated memory should hold about 1,000 normal-length songs (128kbps). A full charge will get you up to eight hours of continuous playback, making this a perfect player for marathon runners looking for a hassle-free music setup. One useful feature of the W273 is its quick-charge ability: just a 3 minute charge will get you an hour of playback time.

The earbuds utilize 13.5mm dome drivers to put out impressive sound with respectable bass levels for such a small size. Three sizes of buds are included to insure a proper fit, and the integrated adjustment band keeps everything snug.

We think the W Series Walkman will be a great complement to our selection of fitness equipment, and we’re eagerly anticipating its arrival.

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4K TVs at CES: Abt Checks Out Sony’s UHDTV Sets

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

4K TVs at CES

4K TVs at CES

Sony’s Bravia 4K TVs at CES 2013. Stunning picture quality and sound to match.

CES 2013— 4K TVs are out in force at CES 2013. The tech that everyone in the audio/visual world has been buzzing about, and we spotlighted recently, is moving beyond the introductory stage. CES 2013 saw manufacturers release details for multiple models utilizing the ultra high resolution format, which uses 4 times the pixels as a standard 1080p HDTV. Leading the charge is Sony, whose 84″ 4K 3D Bravia TV is a wonder to behold. However, the company realizes that, at $25k, it’s still well out of reach for the majority of interested consumers. In response, they’ve announced 55 and 65-inch models that will feature the same stunning picture at prices that Sony describes as “attainable.”

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We had a look at the new 4K Bravias, and came away very impressed. The picture quality is just as amazing as the flagship 84″ Bravia TV, at a size (and hopefully price) that will be more appealing to the average consumer. One of the biggest surprises, though, was the excellent sound quality coming from the integrated speakers. Flat Panel TVs are notorious for producing sub-par sound because of the size and power restraints of the speaker drivers in such a thin enclosure. Sony developed a speaker tech that utilizes magnetic fluid to suspend voice coils, decreasing energy consumption and distortion and creating a speaker with unrivaled clarity for its size.

According to Sony, the two smaller sets will be available for purchase in late Spring, though exact pricing has not yet been announced. We’re definitely looking forward to getting them into our showroom, so you can get them into your family room. Stay tuned to our Blog for more info from CES 2013, and check out the video from Sony explaining the new 4K Tvs after the break. (more…)

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Abt @ CES 2012: The LG Smart Revolution Has Arrived

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Another familiar face at CES is LG, who are showing off smart tech – a clothes manager that can steam from the inside and pull the wrinkles out of your clothes, cloud gaming technology, and smart TV’s that will allow you to pretty much be hands-on with every video and photo you own.

The LG Concept Clothes Manager:  Includes a funky control panel on the front that will disappear when not in use.

LG Cloud Gaming: The world’s first cloud game for TV.

LG phones of the future

Smart ThinQ Technology:  Integrating knowledge to help out with everyday tasks

LG Smart TV with Google TV:  Easy access to limitless content.  Your home activity dashboard.

 

 

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Sony Strikes First at CES 2011

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The Sony Booth at CES 2011 certainly has a whole lotta cool stuff.  First they showed off the battle damaged Green Hornet car from the upcoming movie “Green Hornet in 3D”.

Next, Sony introduced a real Sci-Fi looking headset: The Sony Future 3D Portable Device.  The viewer wears the headset and can surround themselves in an audio and visual 3D experience.  Jon Abt tried it out saying, that while it was a bit heavier than he would like, the look and sound is great.

While this video does not do the display any justice, Sony is showcasing a 3D TV that does not need special 3D glasses to experience 3D visuals.  It is a prototype 3d 4k LCD that displays images with the 3D effect you could only have gotten with special glasses.  This one will be interesting to see if it hits mass the market.

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