Electronics are shaping the way we do business today. Tablets, smart phones, and laptops keep business owners increasingly connected when they are on the road. At a recent industry fair, I browsed the latest gadgets and tools to complement our treasured technology. I’ll share the highlights of this year’s top plugged-in pics with you in this blog by showcasing 4 cool products.
One of my favorites from the show is pictured above. It’s a keyboard/case for an iPad that virtually turns the iPad into a laptop. And (unlike most Bluetooth products) it doesn’t drain your tablet. It has its own internal battery power (rechargeable) that it uses first. You can order as few as 12 of these and get a full colour imprint of your logo or message on the case cover.
Pens have evolved into multi-function stylus-pens and one of the industry’s top promotional product suppliers shared with me that stylus-pens now dominate, making up 80% of their pen sales! These cool tools tap (or draw on) your touchscreen and are far more precise than using your fat fingers! And if you aren’t using your fingers, your screen will be smudge-free. Win, win. So how does it work? Same as how the human body conducts electricity (that’s how we get a reaction from touchscreens or elevator buttons). The stylus has a metallic (conductive) coating on the soft rubber tip, which registers an electrical impulse on the screen. Also, look for the latest addition to this product line: a gel stylus-pen for smooth, effortless writing.
Remember those organizers we used to carry along with our planners and pen etc? They’ve been replaced by the new “tech stationery”. They feature pockets for all your electronics including flash drives, smartphone and tablet – and stylus-pen of course. And yes there’s even an old-fashioned lined writing pad at the back in case you have a flashback. These products are great for employee gifts.
Also found a couple of handy little gadgets: a dual USB charger that plugs into your car’s accessory power outlet (we used to call this the lighter plug) to charge your phone and tablet or any other USB device simultaneously; and a cell phone holder that fits into your car’s cup holder – perfect when you are using your smartphone as a GPS – you can angle your phone however you like so the screen is easier to view.
The most popular electronic is still the USB flash drive. You can purchase with a free upload of your custom files or information onto the drive at no extra cost. Fun new styles like silicon bracelet, solid stainless steel key are coming out weekly. I’ve even seen guitar-shaped and lego shaped!
Though I use technology on a daily basis I find the pace of change still amazes me. For business owners, giving technology as a handout or business gift shows you are progressive and tuned in to the times. That is a good reflection of how you do business.
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Until next time,