Are you a self-confessed gadget nerd? And do you run a business? If so, you might be wondering how to combine those two worlds together. Running a business doesn't mean you have to follow convention. You can deck out your office with all kinds of weird and wonderful gadgets!
Trouble is; you might not know what cool things you could find useful at work. Never fear, because this blog post will help you out!
Keep reading to check out 10 of this year's coolest and innovative tech gadgets!
1. Digital Window
I'm sure that your office has a few windows to stop you and your staff from going nuts! But, what if there's a room that has no windows at all? And what if you've got some employees working in there all day long?
As you can imagine, it can feel quite claustrophobic. If you can't fit a real window, how about a digital one? Products like the Atmoph Window act as smart windows. You can display a range of beautiful and stunning scenes on them. They are just like computer screens - only with beautiful beveled frames and no branding!
2. Bluetooth Speaker
Imagine you're having a slow day in the office. You're just not feeling productive, and neither are your staff. Of course, there's work to do, and you can't just send everyone home early for the day. What you need to do is motivate yourself and those around you!
One way to do that is by playing some music in the office. The only issue is you don't have any speakers. You can solve that problem by investing in a Bluetooth speaker like the Bose SoundLink Mini.
3. Bluetooth Headset
You might think that Bluetooth headsets are only useful for people that are driving. But, it can offer a practical use in the workplace as well.
For instance, you can use the Jabra Motion not just with your smartphone but also with Skype too!
4. 3D Printer
Your office will no doubt have one or more laser or inkjet printers in it. Have you ever thought of adding a 3D printer to the mix? If your business creates prototypes of physical products, a 3D printer can serve as a useful tool.
Websites like http://review3dprinters.org have reviews on the latest models. They usually come with the software to "print" the objects you wish to make. Otherwise, you could use a 3D modeling application. Take a look at some demo videos on YouTube to see how they work.
5. Wireless Heated Cup
Let me share with you an all too familiar scenario. You make yourself a hot beverage such as a cup of tea or coffee. Next, you sit down at your desk and just as you're about to take a sip, the phone rings. 30 minutes later and the call ends. Your beverage is now cold and rather disgusting!
To combat that problem, why not invest in a wireless heated cup? The Nano Mug, for example, will keep your drink warm for up to 45 minutes. As the name might suggest, it has a wireless charging facility.
6. Smart Coffee Machine
Sticking with the topic of hot drinks, another cool office gadget to have is a smart coffee machine. The app-controlled Smarter Coffee machine lets you wirelessly make some freshly ground coffee.
You don't even need to be in the line of sight of the machine to make a brew. It's just one of many IoT (Internet of Things) devices that work great in the office!
Of course, if you hate drinking coffee, you should probably avoid this gadget. But, if you need a fresh cup of Java to wake you up in the morning, this is for you.
7. Private Cloud Gadget
Services like Dropbox get used by both individuals and businesses each day. The only downside to them is they are "public" cloud services. That means your data gets shared on a server with other people.
If security is a big issue for your business, it's best to avoid public cloud services. Instead, consider setting up a private cloud in your office! Products like Lima let you create a private cloud in seconds. You can use any network storage (NAS) devices with it too.
8. Smart Projector
One thing I hate about projectors is that the "portable" ones are cumbersome and heavy.
The only other type is the fixed one, and they usually live on the ceiling in your office somewhere. What if there was an ultra portable way of projecting stuff onto a wall or desk?
Well, it seems that Beam solves that problem! It's a gadget that works in any light socket (ceiling or desk). What's more, you can stream content to it via AirPlay or MiraCast. Take a look at http://beamlabsinc.com for more details.
9. Solar USB Charger
Do you want to keep your energy bills down as much as possible? Of course, you do; that's a goal every entrepreneur wants to fulfill! If your office lets in floods of sunlight, why not harness that solar energy?
One such example is by using a solar USB charger. It's a brilliant concept and useful for small devices like smartphones. Another advantage that it offers is it doesn't use up a power socket or USB port on your computer.
There are models available that you can attach to your window. Others can rest on the window ledge.
10. Silent Mouse
I don't know about you, but the noise from a mouse getting clicked drives me crazy! You could, of course, banish mice from your office and force people to use touchpads. But, there is an easier compromise that you will also think is cool!
These days, it's possible to buy silent mice. As the term suggest, they are computer mice that don't make that familiar clicking sound. So, if you demand quiet in your office at all times, give your staff some silent mice to use.
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