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CES 2016: Misfit Shine 2

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

When it comes to the latest technological trends, health and fitness has become a major focus. With the ability to monitor one’s fitness, technology has redefined how people workout, diet, and maintain a healthier lifestyle overall. During CES 2016, our team has come across a number of devices, such as the Misfit Shine 2, which have proved how this trend is still going strong.

In 2013, the original Misfit Shine won CES’s Top 2 Gadgets, so when our team spotted the new Misfit Shine 2, we had to take a closer look. While discussing some of the new advancements the Misfit Shine 2 has to offer, we were excited to find out that there are now 12 LED colors, a new Misfit Mood function, and a new link application. With 12 LED colors, the Shine 2 now offers easier to see updates, which is a feature many have been eagerly awaiting. By adding their new Misfit Mood, the Shine 2 offers vibration notifications to help you get up and get moving throughout the day. Seeing that Smart Home devices have also started to take over the top technological trends, Misfit has created a Link App that can be downloaded from either Apple’s App Store or on Google Play. The Link App allows the Shine 2 to control your smart devices such as the Misfit Bolt, which means you’ll have more use and functionality.

See what else Misfit has to offer, as well as Abt’s full line of Wearable Technology today!

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CES 2016: Hercules WAE Outdoor Rush Beach Speaker

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

At CES 2016, we saw this portable bluetooth speaker by Hercules called the WAE Outdoor Rush Beach Speaker. This isn’t any ordinary bluetooth speaker, it’s built to enjoy music while you’re spending some time at the beach. Unlike most speakers that are painted metal, this speaker is coated with nickel so it won’t rust while you’re at the beach. This speaker is also sand-proof and dust-proof, and its IP67 rated which means it can be submerged at a meter for about 30 minutes with no damage. It has a phone charger on the bottom, an auxiliary input and a FM transmitter. There is an app you can download from their website that allows you to set your presets through your phone. This speaker is rechargeable and has a 15 hour battery life. The Hercules WAE Outdoor Rush Beach Speaker will be available in March and priced at $129.99. Say goodbye to damaged phones and speakers while you’re soaking up the sun at the beach!

 

The WAE Rush Outdoor Beach Speaker can be submerged at a meter for about 30 minutes with no worries.

The WAE Outdoor Rush Beach Speaker can be submerged at a meter for about 30 minutes with no damage to the speaker.

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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: 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 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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CES 2016: ICrealtech Allie Camera

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Our team got a closer look at the newest, innovative gadgets out there at CES 2016. The team discovered a camera that can change the way we capture every moment from every angle. ICrealtech developed the Allie [ALL-e] Go cam, a camera that can capture a photo or video 360 degrees by 360 degrees. The capability of the 360 degrees shooting makes it possible to view every angle in one photo or video, which means no selfies, no more multiple photos. The Allie Go is all immersive; you get to experience each direction and every direction in one shot. The Allie cam eliminates limited shots due to the size of the screen; you can capture everything around you. This product is absolutely wearable and portable; you can take it anywhere you go. The Allie Go cam comes with a single mounting device and a standard tripod mount.

Not only does the Allie camera capture everything, but this camera will allow you to have live sharing. No more waiting until you get home to upload your videos, you can instantly share with their single button app. You can instantly share on your videos with your friends through your mobile phone on Facebook or Youtube. This device contains audio, so you can just listen to the audio, listen later or you can have a conversation with friends with two way audio.

ICrealtech has also developed the Allie Home, a home security device that can instantly connect to the cloud and securely monitor your home. The Allie Home will monitor and record your home at every angle, the 360 degree by 360 degree capability will never let you miss a thing.

The camera has twin 8 megapixel sensors or twin 4 megapixel sensors making the vision HD, the spherical image quality is 1080p or more. You can expect great quality from this device. The Allie Go cam is ideal for action, whether you’re on the go, riding your dirt bike, swimming, or on a hike, the Allie Go cam can capture everything that is around you, capturing every moment.  The Allie Home is great for indoors, indoor events, and security, monitoring every move and moment inside the area.

The Allie Go will make it to the shelves soon, and the Allie Home is now available to you.

Check out their site at https://alliecam.com for more information.

Stay tuned for more coverage on CES 2016!

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CES 2016: The Year of the Drone

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

If 2015 was the year that consumer “drones” became a household topic, 2016 looks to be the year that they’ll reach ubiquity. From integrated optics that put pro-level video quality on an affordable aerial platform to ultra-efficient designs that triple the typical fly-time, everything about drones is becoming better and easier to use.

We picked the brain of industry leader DJI Global, whose Phantom quadcopters have become nearly synonymous with the term “drone.” After bringing easy flight control and built-in cameras to the masses, DJI continues to tweak its offerings as its most advanced tech trickles down to the entry-level models. Their newest model is the DJI Phantom 3 4K, which takes the Ultra High Defintion video capability of its flagship drones, the DJI Inspire 1 and the Phantom 3 Professional, and puts it in a consumer model. By cutting out some of the pro features—like an increased operating range and the Lightbridge transmission system—DJI has created a drone for casual users who still demand the ultimate in video quality. It should be hitting the shelves soon, costing just under a thousand bucks.

We also stopped by the Parrot booth to find out about their autonomous aerial vehicle, the Disco. Parrot has gone in a different direction with the Disco, opting for a “flying wing” body style instead of the typical quadcopter configuration. This design gives Parrot a few huge advantages. Firstly, its insanely easy to launch—as simple as throwing it into the air—and easy to fly, with the wide body more stable than a quadcopter while aloft. And high-tech control systems take advantage of a suite of integrated sensors to make controlling the Disco a breeze. The winged design is also much more energy-efficient than a quadcopter, giving the Disco up to 45 minutes of flight time. Oh, and it also cruises at nearly 50 mph. The catch? Because it can’t hover, you won’t be able to easily achieve the cinematic slow-panning scenic shots that have made drone videos so popular. No price or definitive release date have been announced, but Parrot is expecting the Disco to hit the skies this calendar year.

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The Parrot Disco eschews the quadcopter form factor in favor of a flying-wing design.

Advancements in A.I. and autopilot systems have made it easier than ever to operate drones, which has made the barrier to entry lower than ever before. Some see this as a good thing, bringing scores of new participants to the hobby, while others see it as a bad thing—the easier drones are to get in the air, the higher the odds get that an accident occurs. It’s been a hot-button topic, with stories like the falling drone that nearly crushed a World Cup skier and the announcement of the Federal Unmanned Aircraft Systems registration program. What does the future hold for the drone industry? No one can say for sure, but from we’ve seen here at CES 2016, the sky’s the limit. We’d love to hear your thoughts on world of remote flying vehicles!

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Abt at CES 2016!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

After a day of travel, a quick stop at In-N- Out Burger, and an evening wandering the floor for the show’s preliminary phase, CES Unveiled, we’re now out in full-on discovery mode at CES 2016. Join us as we spend the next three days getting the low-down on this year’s hottest upcoming products and most ambitious concepts. From quadcopters equipped with 4K cameras to connected devices infiltrating every last corner of our homes, we want to see it—and let you see it, too. Follow us here and at the Abt Youtube Page, where we’ll be uploading tons of videos of our favorite things at CES 2016. And please let us know if there’s something you’d like us to track down. We’ll do our best to find it!

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The Abt CES 2016 Team.

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Busy first night!

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