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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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Bundle up with Samsung!

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

If you like saving money on your favorite products, but don’t want to be forced to follow specific product guidelines, Samsung has a deal for you!  Right now, you can bundle up a variety of Samsung products and save money on your home theater experience.

Buy a select Samsung TV and get a free Samsung sound bar or a free 32-inch Samsung TV.  Or if you want to go bigger, save money on a larger TV or a professional sound system.  The choice is yours.  Start shopping Samsung Bundle deals!

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Have You Ever Seen a Laptop Float?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Has Dell been practicing witchcraft lately?  It sure seems that way if you have seen our floating Dell Ultrabook in our Atrium this week.  The new Ultrabook by Dell is so light, there’s no need for magic to keep it afloat.  Only a couple strong magnets will do the trick.

Weighing in at just over 3 1/2 lbs, the Dell Ultrabook is packed with incredible features.  A 13-inch screen is powered by an HD graphics card making all your favorite movies and computer games come to life.  With the built-in hard drive of 500GB of memory and expandable RAM slots.  Top it all off with HDMI connectivity and you have a portable powerhouse of entertainment.

So stop by our atrium and see the Dell floating Ultrabook.  Be careful when you see it to not bump into it too hard or you might break the spell..er, magnetic field.

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Abt Honored to Be Part of London Olympics Torch Run

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The Summer Olympics in London is fast approaching.  As of this blog post, there are 18 days left when the world sends their best athletes to compete in a host of athletic endeavors.  As with tradition, the running of the torch is making its way closer and closer to its destination, and just the other day Abt Electronic’s very own Mike Abt was one of the lucky few who got to run with the torch.

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Mike Abt was the third torch bearer of the day and he ran 300 meters, smiling all the way.  “The experience brings everyone together for the common good,” said Mike Abt.  “It is powerful to be on planet Earth with 7 billion people and to be the one human carrying the flame .  Everyone wanted a picture with the torch and me.”

The Olympic torch has been a tradition in the Olympic games since the beginning of the games themselves.  When it’s time to start a new torch relay, a very precise ritual for the lighting of the flame is lit from the sun’s rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among the ruins of the home of the ancient Games.   After a short relay around Greece, the Flame is handed over to the new Host City at another ceremony in the Panathenaiko stadium in Athens.

Abt is honored to be a part of the Olympic Games thanks to our partnership with Samsung, an official sponsor of the London Olympic Games.  For a look at more pictures, check out Abt’s Facebook Photo Album.  Great Job Mike!

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Happy Star Wars Day From Abt! May The 4th Be With You!

Friday, May 4th, 2012

“Those deals at Abt are as big as Jabba the Hutt!!”

Happy Star Wars Day everyone! Grab your lightsabers and blasters rifles, and snuggle up next to your favorite Ewok, it’s time to enjoy the movies that defined a generation of “Warsies” and captivated the world’s audiences to the tune of over $4 billion, according to Mania.com.  It’s been over 30 years since The Empire struck back, and although some Star Wars technology is now reality, I still don’t have a personal robot or carbon freezing chamber. Fortunately, the world of home theater technology has come a long way since we learned that Darth Vader “is the Father!” (said in my best Maury Povich voice) and we can now enjoy these classic films in an immersive experience so real, we can almost see Chewy’s fleas.

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Samsung Posts Huge Quarterly Profits

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Samsung Electronics posted a record $5.15 billion quarterly profit and predicted that its Galaxy smartphones, which outsell Apple’s iPhone and will be upgraded in the coming week, would bulk up earnings in the current quarter.

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Get excited about the 2012 Samsung Smart TVs!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

With the exception of bringing those chicken and bean burritos from Paula Dean’s kitchen to your lap, Samsung’s line of 2012 Smart TVs do just about everything else. Their stunning resolution and wealth of innovative smart features will turn any room into the smartest room in the house capable of entertaining and educating your kids, and keeping you in shape at the same time.

Let’s start with the bread and butter of a good television—the picture. Full 1080p (1920×1080) resolution and sky-high refresh rates display a picture so crystal clear, it may even be better than the real thing. Samsung’s “Wide Color Enhancer Plus” ensures that you see the complete range of colors as the director intended you too. Images are full and vibrant, but remain natural.

Ok, so we have the incredible picture, but what about that pesky motion blur? Not a problem, Samsung’s series of panel processing advancements has achieved a Clear Motion Rate (CMR) of 120, ensuring that each and every flawless image stays that way, no matter how fast it moves across the screen.

So it looks amazing…Don’t all Samsungs? Good point. However, the Smart TV functions on these bad boys take your experience to the next level.  The built-in Wi-Fi empowers you to stream the content you crave from providers like Hulu™, Vudu™, Youtube™, and Netflix™. You can find new addictions, and rediscover old ones with features that handpick content based on your likes.

Never again do you have to sit and watch The Bachelor alone (Ben & Jerry don’t count as “company”); Share the entire experience with complete Facebook and Twitter integration through Samsung Social TV.  Enjoy the benefits of a full web browser while you shop, chat, or even Skype. Thousands of applications can be explored and enjoyed with Samsung Apps and managed through Samsung’s intuitive Smart Hub.

Upload media (even from a mobile device) and keep the family up-to-date with message boards, real-time chat and calendars through Family Story, while entertainment and education are fused into Kids Story. Kid-friendly programming and engaging games will keep them learning, and more importantly, entertained.

Samsung alleviates that lazy-stigma from channel surfing with the new Fitness feature. You can maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising at home with video on-demand service and even manage your workout history. Download the mobile “Exercise App” so you can track your progress and share your achievements with friends.

The AllShare™ Play feature connects your TV to any compatible device (like a PC), wirelessly allowing you to share movies, photos, music, and more. You can even access and share content when not at home using the breakthrough cloud technology.

Finally, the kicker, a Search All feature lets you quickly search for web content related to the program you’re watching, or access other features like VOD, Apps, and social networking services. Where was this movie filmed? How heavy is that Blue Whale? The answers are just a few clicks away. Users can even search through USB drives connected through ConnectShare for their own content.

Don’t miss out and order yours today!

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Samsung CEO & President Visit Abt Electronics

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

From Left: Bob Schaffner (Samsung), Jon Abt, Tim Baxter, Bob Abt, YK Kim & Billy Abt

Yesterday, Abt was honored to host Samsung CEO YK Kim and Samsung President Tim Baxter on a tour through our store.  It was a real treat having them visit Electronics and for them to see the hard work and satisfaction we have been bringing the Chicagoland area for over 75 years.

UPDATE: We want to congratulate the winner of our Abt Blog Contest for March 13th, 2012 Abby K.  Thank you to all who participated.  We hope your spring goes wonderfully.  Keep on the lookout for more Abt Blog Contests in the future!

 

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Samsung Electronics Named 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Samsung Electronics has been named 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in the Product Manufacturing Category by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By offering 960 ENERGY STAR-qualified models across multiple product categories, including more televisions than all other consumer electronics brands, Samsung was selected out of the 20,000 participating ENERGY STAR organizations for its outstanding contributions in ongoing employee, retailer, and distributor training programs, as well as consumer education campaigns and recycling efforts.

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