Each year on SmallBusiness.com, we declare this week “Small Business Gadget Week” because a sub-group of products launched at the annual Consumer Electronics Show are as much a “small business” product as a “consumer” one. It’s all about how you use technology, not the technology itself. Get ready for several posts that will tickle your gizmo bone.


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Product: Griffin Technology BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable ($40)
Availability: April 2016 at GriffinTechnology.com

For Mac users, the break-away “MagSafe” connector has saved millions of laptops from damage caused by tripping over a power cord. But with Apple’s latest release of MacBooks, a new type of power cord using USB Type-C is introduced — and the MagSafe safety feature is absent.

Griffin’s BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable brings back a magnetic breakaway power cable to USB-C compatible laptops. The patented quick-release magnetic connector plugs into a laptop’s USB-C port and safely disconnects from the rest of the cable when put under stress or strain from incidents like tripping over the power cord.


Photos: Griffin Technology

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Small Business Gadget: A Wallet That Charges Your iPhone Battery

A new wallet from Nomad has a back-up iPhone battery charger hidden in its spine.

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Small Business Gadget: Handwriting Recognition Apps

Handwriting recognition provides a keyboard-free way to interact with your smart device.

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Small Business Gadgets: Swiftkey and Other Replacement Keyboards for Smartphones

Why are there replacement keyboards for smartphones?

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Small Business Gadget: The 1 TB LaCie Rugged SSD Thunderbolt

LaCie today announced that it has doubled the memory–to 1 Terabyte (TB) –on a new version its Rugged Thunderbolt SSD.

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Small Business Gadget: The Chromebit

ASUS will release a new product this summer called the Chromebit, a “computer on a stick” that plugs into an HDTV and turns it into a Chrome computer.

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Small Business Gadget: Microsoft HoloLens

The Microsoft HoloLens is a concept product fulfilling a sci-fi notion that our real world will one day be easily to overlaid with a virtual world.

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Small Business Gadget: Sony’s Symphony Light

Sony’s Symphony Light is a wireless speaker that also illuminates your office, shop or cafe.

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Small Business Gadget: Yes, That’s a Printer in Our Pocket And We’re Excited to See It

The Zuta Pocket Printer is a portable “mini robotic” printer that weighs less than a pound and is 4 inches in diameter and works with your mobile device or laptop.

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Small Business Gadget: The Intel Compute Stick

The Intel Compute Stick is a “PC-on-a-stick” that will turn your HDTV into a computer running Windows 8.1 or Linux.

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Small Business Gadget: An Interactive Whiteboard for Under $1,000

Smart Technologies’ SMART kapp Capture Board is a great looking feature-packed interactive whiteboard with real time remote viewing capabilities priced lower than $1,000.

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Concept Smartphone Charger Promises a 30 Second Battery Charge

A Tel-Aviv-based start-up is introducing a prototype charger that promises a 30 second battery recharge