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Posts Tagged ‘ces’

Abe Explains 3D TV on NBC

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Tune in to NBC tonight at 5pm. Abe A., custom audio and video specialist will be answering all your 3D TV questions. This is the first year that TV programming and movies are available in your home, so there are a lot of unanswered questions about the new technology.

Here are the most frequently asked questions about 3D TV:

Q: If I buy a 3D TV today, can I watch 3D movies tonight?
A: You will need to have a 3D Blu-ray player, a 3D-ready HDMI cable, and 3D glasses to watch a 3D movie.

Q: How much will 3D TVs cost?
A: They will be in the same price range as other HD LCD TVs, HD LED, and HD plasma TVs.

Q: Can I watch TV in 3D?
A: ESPN is the first network to offer 3D programming; it will be available sometime in 2010.

Q: Will all the movies that I want to watch be in 3D?
A: There are 10-15 movies slated to be released in 3D Blu-ray by the end of 2010.

Q: What sizes are 3D TVs?
A: Currently, they are available in sizes ranging from 40”-65”.

Q: Does everyone have to wear the 3D glasses?
A: Yes. Without the glasses the movie will look blurry. You will not be able to view the movie or programming.

Q: Do the glasses come with the TV?
A: Not necessarily. Some manufacturers offer bundle deals. But they are normally sold separately.

Q: How much do the glasses cost?
A: The glasses range in price from $179-$249 each.

Q: Are all the glasses the same?
A: No. There are two types of 3D glasses, active and passive. The active glasses will connect to your TV via Bluetooth and require batteries while the passive glasses will be similar to the 3D glasses with one red lens and one blue or cyan lens.

Q: Can I use the HDMI cable that I have now for a new 3D TV?
A: There is a 50/50 chance that you can. If you have a high-quality HDMI 1.3 cable then you might be able to use it. 3D TVs and Blu-ray players require HDMI 1.4 cables. Unfortunately the only way to know for sure is to test the cable by plugging it in.

Abt has a Samsung 46” 3D TV on display in the showroom. For more information on 3D technology speak with an audio visual specialist at Abt today. Also check out the 3D TV buying guide on Abt.com.

-Kelly B.

Disappearing iPod

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

This year’s CES brought a lot of really cool gadgets. One standout car audio product is the Sony DSX-S100. It is a stereo head unit that makes listening to an iPod on your car stereo a snap.

If you’ve ever seen a car stereo’s faceplate slide down so you can put in a CD, the DSX-S100 works much the same. The face slides off the unit’s base and a tray comes out with a plug. The iPod simply gets plugged into the stereo and then just set the iPod on the slide out tray and you are ready to listen to music.

Look for the DSX-S100 at Abt, sometime next month.

-Kelly.B

CES 2010 Is Now Over

Monday, January 11th, 2010

The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show is over; all the booths are down and the attendees are returning to their respective companies, heads dizzy from all of the new technology they’ve just seen.

The hottest categories this year were definitely Green Tech, 3D, and Smartphones. The tablet computer has been the talk of Vegas all weekend. CES saw different manufacturer’s versions of the tablet, but Apple’s long awaited announcement, January 27, has overshadowed the models we’ve seen. Apple will not confirm that the announcement is going to be the release of the Apple tablet, but it is intensely speculated.

Stay up to date about all the latest technology right here on the Abt Blog. For more information on the products seen at CES, talk with an Abt sales specialist.

-By Kelly B.

Funky New Remote From LG

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

LG really upped the consumer electronics game this year at CES. One of the cool gadgets they brought along is their Magic-UI. It’s a remote control that acts like a Nintendo Wii controller. The Magic-UI is available currently with the 8500 series TVs. If this new remote isn’t appealing to you, fear not, there will be a standard remote included as well….

-Kelly B.

LG's Take on an MID Smartphone

Friday, January 8th, 2010

 

 

Thursday at CES, Intel revealed the first Smartphone to run on the Moorsetown platform for mobile internet devices (MID). The GW990 Smartphone will be made by LG Electronics and ship during the second half of the year, said Intel CEO Paul Otellini during a keynote speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

 

 

 

LG‘s GW990 has a 5” multi-touch screen, capable of playing video at 720p resolution. A camera is on both the front and back of this MID. Running on the Linux-based Moblin operating system, it is capable of running multiple applications at the same time. For instance, with the GW990 you can play Hi-Def video and use the calculator at the same time. It is power efficient and brings pc functions to a Smartphone. Features seem to be endless on this MID… Check back for more info in the spring.

 

-Kelly B.

Is a 3D TV in Your Future?

Friday, January 8th, 2010

 

Sony brought a 24.5” OLED TV to CES. What’s so special about this TV? It has optional 3D capability and is larger than the 15” found in retail stores, including Abt. This is perfect for the TV connoisseur that wants the best TV on the market enabled with the latest emerging technology. We have no ETA on Sony’s newest OLED, but we’ll pass on info when we get it.

 

-Kelly B.

LoJack For Your Laptop

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Any laptop or notebook computer owner has the worry that they might lose it or it could be stolen. Solution? Computrace LoJack for Laptops with Intel(R) Anti-Theft Technology was announced at CES on Thursday. It’s got remote locking and messaging technology. According to Absolute(R) Software Corporation, the makers of Computrace, the Intel powered solution offers consumers managed theft recovery, remote data delete and now remote lock down and message display capabilities.

-Kelly B.

From CES to You

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The Abt team is hard at work in Las Vegas looking for the coolest gadgets at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

 

Jon Abt found the Sony dash™. It’s a personal internet viewer allowing users to watch different shows in the same room. dash™ has a 7” screen and is equipped with Slacker Radio. This ultra-portable device has built-in speakers, Wi-Fi, alarm clock, and night-mode. dash™ will retail for $199 when released in the Spring of 2010.

-Kelly B.

CES 2010 Kicks Off Tonight With Ballmer's Keynote Address

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Tomorrow is the official start of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Many people will arrive today to get a headstart on viewing all the greatest new consumer electronics. Some of the newest technology has already been leaked. Here are a few of the new products that you should check out.

iHome is revealing the iP2. It’s an iPod docking station perfect for a kitchen. With a 50-watt amp you will be able to listen to your favorite tunes—even with your stand mixer running at full speed. The iP2 comes equipped with a timer, FM radio tuner, and so much more. Its stream-lined look will coordinate with any kitchen décor.

ASUS will be re-releasing the Eee Keyboard PC. First revealed in 2009, the keyboard PC had a few too many bugs for public launch. Now, it seems, the keyboard PC is ready for release. The Eee keyboard is rumored to be ready to hit the market sometime within the next month.

Tablet PCs have long been meant for specific users, usually in a technology field where the design and function of a slate computer is necessary. Today at the CES opening key-note speech at 6:30pm PT, Steve Ballmer will introduce an HP-built “slate-type computer.” What will this computer do? Stay tuned to the Abt blog for updates!

Would you like to watch digital TV anywhere? Samsung has the answer for you. Samsung’s (Android-driven) “Moment” has been altered slightly to allow for a digital TV tuner. Currently, it is still in the concept phase, but within a few months, trial phones will be in use in Baltimore and Washington D.C.

Check the Abt Blog for the latest news from CES 2010.

-Kelly B.