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CES 2011: iPad As An Arcade Entertainment System

Friday, January 7th, 2011

I’ve been fighting the desire for an iPad ever since it came out.  I own a laptop and a new iPod so, for me, there is really no reason to get one.  (Even though it does everything I already own 100x better).  I’ve been resisting the temptation for a good while.  Until I saw this…

Yes.  That you see there is an iPad playing the game “Asteroids” in a dock shaped like an arcade system.  Created by ION, the iCADE holds your iPad and it’s corresponding buttons and joystick controls the actions of the game.  iTunes library had a handful of arcade games you can purchase and from there you can just pop it into the above dock for a smaller, nostalgic experience.  If they end up making a model like the one above based off the 1991 Spider-Man Sega Arcade game, an iPad will definitely be mine.

CES 2011: iLounge

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The iLounge at CES 2011 is home to everything iPod & iPad.  Vendors gathered in this location to show off their cases, headphones, car chargers, adapters,  screen covers, docks and even watch bands for the nanos.  Check out their official website for full CES information.


©All rights reserved by iLounge


©All rights reserved by iLounge

CES 2011: Sanus Makes Wall Mounting Easy

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Sanus makes wall mounting your high definition TV a bit easier with their pro Set Level iPad Case which attaches to any Sanus wall mount.  After situating your iPad you can download Sanus’ Install Tool Kit 2.0 application and begin the install process.  The free application has a database of over 15,000 TVs and helps you level the mount, pinpoints the drilling location for the mount and even will offer a video tutorial showing a step-by-step process.

The Mac Book Air Has Landed

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Apple’s newest laptop release, the Mac book Air, is actually designed based on the technical specifications of their iPad.  Available in either an 11 inch or 13 inch screen, it is designed around an all-flash storage. This lets the laptop respond quicker and weigh next to nothing.

One of the really intriguing designs for their MacBook Air is the multi-touchtrack pad ability.  Various actions with your fingertips allow you to control the use of applications, adjust images, and move windows.  The mechanics of each move can be seen at Apple’s link, MacBook Features.

Other features include a built-in monitor camera, long lasting battery, a powerful NVIDIA graphics card and a high resolution screen.  For full information, check out our hompage for the MacBook Air or our Apple page for a full line of products and accessories.

-Nick E.

Human Touch Meets the iPhone

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

It’s really only a matter of time before iPhones can control everything in the world.  Like the impending robopocalypse from the movie “Terminator”, our iPhones will soon take us over and make us get them movie times, play their music and update their Facebook statuses.  Until then, you can now add another thing to the list of iPhone’s many features: giving a massage.

Manufacturer, Human Touch’s new chair, the AcuTouch 9500 is controlled through the HT-Connect iOS application.  This is a free application that lets users customize their experience by choosing from 8 pre-programmed massages (with the option of saving up to 16), as well as health and fitness tips.

The chair itself is incredibly comfortable.  Made of smooth leather, once you sit down, it’s like receiving a cool hug from a small, soft cloud.  Even if you don’t own an iPhone it can work with the iPad or iPod Touch.  If you’ve somehow avoided the Apple madness and don’t own any of the above three, the chair can be operated solely with its customizable corded controller.  After a long day of work, why not treat yourself to a chair that will ease you both mentally and physically?  Just do it before the iPhones get wise…

-Nick E.

Holiday Shopping Forecast

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, that while all around holiday-gift shopping sales might drop this year approximately 2% per person, the purchasing of consumer electronics is expected to rise by 5% per person.

Could this prediction come from the new releases of exciting items such as iPads and 3D TVs?  Perhaps. What do you think?

Protect that iPad

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Chances are, if you have an iPad, one of the most important things you want to know is how to keep it safe.  At Abt Electronics, we have several iPad cases and covers from different manufacturers.  To make it easy for you, I sat down with our Apple store sales specialist, Chris M, to find out which ones are his Top 3 best.

“You really can’t go wrong with Apple’s case” he said while opening, closing and folding it over to show me the various options you can pick when using an Apple iPad case.  The model MC361ZMB is lightweight, has holes for a headphone jack and a soft microfiber interior to keep the screen safe.

The next is made by the manufacturer “Otter”.  Model number APL4IPAD120C40TR.  A much more secure approach, it is made with three layers: a self-adhering clear protective film, a durable silicone mid-layer and a one piece poly-carbonate shell. “This is as rugged as they get” Chris said as he tossed the case across the table with confidence.

Finally, his favorite, the Marware Eco-Vue model MARW6572. This model seemed like the luxury version of the other two.  The exterior of the case is leather, Open it up and your iPad is securely locked into place and you have two stand options with a hand strap allowing you to hold the unit and gesture with your free hand.  Frankly, having an iPad in a case that looks this nice, you’ll want that free hand to give out high-fives.

Come by the Apple store located in our Atrium or visit our cases and accessories page for a wider selection.

-Nick E.

The 2010 CEDIA Expo

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

2010 CEDIA Expo

The 2010 Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo was held about a week ago, but the buzz is still in the air.  The CEDIA holds an expo once a year to showcase various companies that are involved in the electronic systems industry and market.  A highlight at this year’s expo was the introduction of the Future Technology Pavilion.  The pavilion showcased cutting-edge technologies and demonstrated how they are designed to provide the ultimate high-tech experience for homeowners. For the first time ever, attendees were able to experience 3D audio, 3D video, and motion all in one setting.

One of Abt’s audio buyers, Jim Kozicki, was at the event. He spoke about what he was excited to see, “All speaker manufacturers are really trying to push ‘thin’ construction.  Thin is in when it comes to design”,  he stated.  “Speaker manufacturers are trying to compliment the increasing popularity of thin TVs.”

In addition to that, the manufacturer Denon was celebrating its 100th anniversary.  Abt is very proud to be one of the five chosen online retailers allowed to sell their special-edition Anniversary Product Collection.  The collection is comprised of seven components, and each is expertly crafted and hand-tested.  They are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a special edition coffee table book.  The entire line of anniversary products can be found here.

One real interesting product I heard about when talking with Jim, was a new product from the manufacturer Sonance.  Sonance is releasing a new in-wall docking station for the iPad. Called, the iPort, it will allow you to control the volume, entertainment options, lighting and climate of your home like a built-in touch pad or with an optional wireless remote. Beyond that, you can download a variety of applications that keeps you up-to-date on news, weather, stocks and sports.

Check out iPort’s  home page for full details and images.

- Nick E.

Introducing The Playbook

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

RIM PlaybookImage courtesy of RIM.com

Research In Motion (RIM) the company best known as the developer of the BlackBerry cellular phones, recently announced their newest product: The PlayBook. Attempting to tackle the iPad in tablet sales, the PlayBook will use an operating system called BlackBerry Tablet OS. This system will offer full world wide web surfing and other features used with BlackBerry phones such as Push technology, and BBMTM. While the screen size is about 2 inches smaller than that of an iPad, the PlayBook has more RAM, weighs less and even supports Adobe Flash 10.1.

Sporting a 7’’ LCD display, the PlayBook will be capable of 1080p HD video and comes equipped with an HDMI port. A camera lens built in both the front and the back of the unit lets users take photos, videos and even live video conferencing.

The release date is set for early 2011. For full information as well as detailed specs and other features, visit RIM’s site.

FULL SPECS
• 7-inch LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
• BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
• 1 GHz dual-core processor
• 1 GB RAM
• Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
• Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
• Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
• HDMI video output
• Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
• Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
• Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
• Ultra thin and portable:
• Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
• Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
• RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

-Nick E.

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

NBC 5 Taping

This morning, Abt’s very own Josh Davis went to the NBC studios to tape a segment for Weekend Web.  He focused on gearing up for the football season.  The products he highlighted were the Sony KDL40HX800 with a free 3D sync transmitter and 2 3D glasses; the Samsung PN50C450 which features a large screen for a great price; a Bose Cinemate GSII home theater system; a Bears’ themed iPad; Weber Q to maximize your tailgating experience; and the Cuisinart Popcorn Maker which is great for healthy snacks (in between pizza, wings and beer).  If you miss Josh’s spot on TV, the segment will be available online.  What do you think are some must have football gadgets?

-Jennifer A.