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CES 2016: D3O Impact Protection

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

In a convention full of gadgets and gizmos, we stopped by D3O‘s booth to check out their product, which—in its natural state—has a decidedly more organic look than the tech it’s designed to protect. Used in everything from smartphone cases to motorcycle jackets, the D3O material is what’s known as a non-Newtonian fluid; sometimes its properties resemble those of a liquid, sometimes it behaves more like a solid. This unique trait lends itself well to products that benefit from need to sometimes be flexible, and sometimes rigid. At their booth, D3O had a vat full of raw material:

And just in case their reps were pulling some sort of illusionist trickery on us, we decided to sacrifice Josh’s hand to find out.

Here’s a bit of info on how D3O works:

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We’re looking forward to seeing the D3O material integrated into more products in the future. Have you had any experience with a product that uses D3O? We’d love to hear how you liked it!

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CES 2016: 3D Printing Continues to Evolve

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

One of the great things about attending CES annually is not just seeing wild conceptual products, but getting to see how many of those products get refined from year to year, growing from concepts to readily-available consumer goods. An industry where that’s been most visible is 3D Printing. This year, we didn’t see anything as mind-blowing as the debut of the first affordable consumer-level 3D-printer. Instead, we got a look at the iterative advancements being made in the industry: more choices for consumers, more materials being used commercially, and advancements in the process that make 3D printing a quicker, more reliable option.

Further countering the criticism that 3D printers are only good for creating fragile trinkets, industry-leader 3D Systems unveiled a flagship commercial printer, the ProX DMP 320. This high-precision metal printer allows for not only rapid prototyping, but the creation of finished metal parts that can be used in critical mechanical systems.

The ProX is capable of some pretty impressive metalwork:

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CES 2016: Transparent TVs

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Televisions have been getting thinner and thinner every year, bringing us to today’s svelte OLED TVs that measure under a centimeter in depth. An ultrathin TV flush-mounted to the wall blends into existing home decor much better than the huge tube TVs of yesteyear. Even relatively recent plasma TVs are bulky in comparison. But view an OLED TV from the side and it almost disappears. So perhaps the next evolution in TVs will be to make them almost literally vanish with the push of a button. This year at CES, we’ve scoped out transparent TVs from two of the big names in display technology.

Panasonic cleverly integrated their transparent LED TV into home shelving, so when the TV is powered off it acts as a display case for knick-knacks or photos.

Samsung, meanwhile, utilized OLEDs to achieve a similar effect.


Samsung’s display hints towards a more commercial application, as opposed to home use. Although, we do like the suggestion that panels like these may one day replace windows—we’d never have to suffer through a gloomy Chicago winter day again! There’s no definitive release information set for either of these examples, so don’t expect to see transparent TVs (pun intended) in stores any time soon.

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CES 2016: Faraday Future Electric Supercar

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

One of the concepts getting the most buzz at CES isn’t a home electronics device or an appliance, it’s an electric car from a company that almost no one has heard of before.  Faraday Future, a California-based electric vehicle startup, pulled the wraps off their concept vehicle, the FFZERO1.

With a single look, it’s clear that the FFZERO1 is no electric econobox. It’s not here to compete with the Prius or the Volt or even the Tesla. This drool-worthy EV is straight-up supercar. And it’s got the chops (allegedly) to prove it. Because it’s not just about sleek lines. Each wheel is powered by a dedicated electric motor that put out a combined 1,000 horsepower, pushing the FFZERO1 from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds and hitting a top speed of 200 miles per hour.

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The Faraday Future FFZERO1

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CES 2016: Samsung with World’s Largest 170″ SUHDTV

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Samsung is one the largest manufacturer of TVs in the world, they just showcased the largest 170 ” SUHDTV this week at CES 2016 and our team got to see it. It is huge! The gigantic TV and the rest of Samsung’s SUHD TV line, 8 series and above, possess quantum dot display. This type of display will enhance the view of colors, brightness, and contrast, making it an enjoyable, realistic view. The quantum dot display consists of 1000 nits of brightness that will create a brighter picture and with Samsung’s new ultra black technology, this feature will accentuate the blacks while viewing. The quantum dot display is great for high dynamic range content like Amazon. To make the viewing experience exceptionally realistic, the SUHD TVs will have a larger color spectrum, that means more colors and a brighter picture.

The picture is amazing on Samsung's 170" SUHD TV.

The picture on Samsung’s 170″ SUHD TV is amazing!

But that’s not it! This 170″ TV isn’t just one big TV. The 170″ TV is made up of multiple small TVs to make one big picture, Samsung calls this concept “Modular TV“.  Modular TV consists of  smaller TVs -without bezels , linked together to create a seamless and bigger view. Although Samsung has not started this concept, the bezeless design is carried over to their consumer line. Customers interested in the 8 and 9 series SUHD TVs can also benefit from the bezeless design with a near invisible bezel.

 

These modules have a bezeless design to create a seamless look.

These modules have a bezeless design to create a seamless look.

It might be a while for Samsung to have 170″ TVs in stores, but Saumsung’s 8 and 9 series SUHD TVs are available to customers. Maybe one day this 170″ SUHD TV will be displayed at our store!

 

 

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CES 2016: Alpine In-Dash Restyle System for Trucks and SUVs

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

It’s no secret that we love Alpine audio. Their lineup of Restyle in-dash navigation and entertainment units for trucks and SUVs has been immensely popular, with the X009-WRA system being the choice for our very-own Jeep Wrangler project vehicle.

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The Alpine X009 Restyle unit installed in our Jeep Wrangler project vehicle.

So we were stoked to spend some time at Alpine’s CES booth, learning about what they’ve got in store for 2016. As expected, much of the focus was on the continued evolution of the Restyle line, including improvements to the user interface for easier operation, especially in a truck. There’s also a new ability to control external vehicle accessories—like LED fog lamps or powered winches—from the in-dash touchscreen.

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CES 2016: Alpine USA’s Jeep and Chevy Silverado Display Vehicles

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
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Alpine USA’s Jeep Wrangler Unlimited display.

While you’re not likely to see any CES action from the major car makers, the show does attract its fair share of killer automobiles, usually in the form of product displays that show off other manufacturer’s newest wares. A couple that caught our eye were these beasts in the Alpine USA booth. This Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Chevy Silverado have both been transformed into rides that might be better suited to the Dakar Rally than the Las Vegas Strip. Of course, in addition to countless body and performance upgrades, the interiors are sporting the latest in Alpine’s in-dash multimedia/navigation units, speakers, and subs. Check out the videos for a closer look at the extensive work that’s been done to both vehicles, and keep your eyes peeled for another post later today where we’ll get a closer look at all of Alpine’s audio offerings.

Alpine USA Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at CES 2016

 

Alpine USA Chevy Silverado at CES 2016

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CES 2016: IndoTraq Indoor Tracking for Virtual Reality

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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: Withings Thermo Smart Thermometer

Tuesday, 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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