- Tech & Gadgets
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Published 05 December 2012 09:09, Updated 06 December 2012 05:09
Gadgets are perennially popular gifts for people in business but there are more choices than just smart phones and tablet computers. Frankly, most business executives will have their own ideas about whether they prefer Apple or Android or something else and it’s a largely personal decision. So for a review of the latest smart phones or a comparison of the relative merits of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the iPad 3, the Blackberry PlayBook and so on, look elsewhere. Here are five tech gift ideas that are NOT a phone or a tablet.
Livescribe smartpen: The perfect way to take notes in business meetings or sales pitches and ensure you never miss an opportunity through lack of follow up. The smartpen records as you take notes on special smart paper. Later when you tap the pen on your notes, it will play the relevant audio. Comes in two main versions - the Echo with a USB connection and the Sky with a WiFi connection and back-up to Evernote - and various sizes of storage. Priced from $183.95 through resellers like Smartpen Australia.
HiddenRadio: The coolest looking portable wireless speaker and FM radio. If you travel for work and your job requires entertaining clients or you want to show your staff some appreciation, music will enhance any social reception. Or hang the business rationale - you could just get it because it’s cool. The device is truly portable - it weighs around half a kilogram but plays for more than 15 hours via Bluetooth and can be recharged by USB. You simply lift the cap to turn it on and the further you lift it, the louder it gets - up to 90dB in surround sound! Costs $US149.95 plus $US15 shipping to Australia directly from the HiddenRadio website.
Also consider: The Jabra SPEAK 510, which is not only a portable wireless speaker but also has audio conferencing functionality.
Seagate Satellite: Business travellers need never foot the bill for hotel pay TV again, nor rely on someone else’s audiovisual system at a business meeting. The Seagate Satellite is small enough to fit in a handbag or briefcase but large enough on the inside to fit your entire collection of films and other media. It can stream over WiFi to up to eight devices at once and sync files with your Mac or Windows-based PC. With a 500GB capacity, the Seagate Satellite has an RRP of $269.
Great Balls of Wire: The sooner more devices go wire-free, the better. In the mean time, cables are a fact of life - and a menace when you travel and it all ends up in a knot. This clever rubber device lets you push unwanted lengths of wire into the ball and the mess is gone. At $9.95 it would be a good stocking filler for a business traveller.
Studio Proper accessories: Another lower cost idea and one that lets you support Australian business. Studio Proper is a boutique industrial design studio in Melbourne that makes beautifully designed cases and accessories for Apple, Samsung and Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, using materials such as leather and aluminium.