At SmallBusiness.com, we call this  Small Business Gadget Week in honor of the gizmos that are unveiled at the annual CES in Las Vegas (formerly called the Consumer Electronics Show). Here are just a few of the gadgets being unveiled at CES that would come in handy – or just be cool – in any small business. They each were awarded a CES Innovation Award in one of 28 categories. 


Cota Tile | Ossia, Inc.

How the company describes it:

“Cota Tile delivers wireless power without plugs and pads. Built to replace a standard ceiling tile, Cota Tile can charge electronic devices within a 30-foot radius. From offices and hospitals to coffee shops and homes, Cota Tile makes power as convenient, safe and invisible as wireless internet.”

Cubit | Plott

How the company describes it:

“Plott is the consumer technology subsidiary of NWi. Cubit is our first step in tools that are capable of thinking/problem solving, and we are passionately excited about it. By freeing us up from complex measurements and the many, many calculations needed for layout placement, it enables us to focus on the reason why we’re doing a project in the first place. To visually plan out from ‘how it is now?’ to ‘how I want it to be,’ and guiding us to the points to make those changes in real life.”

Nighthawk X10 R9000 Smart WiFi router | Netgear

How the company describes it:

“Nighthawk X10 is the fastest router for media streaming with a Plex media server. Nighthawk X10 with 802.11ac and 802.11ad WiFi technology delivers ultra-smooth 4K streaming and instant downloads.”

Samsung Lifestyle TV | Samsung Electronics

How the company describes it:

“The innovative Samsung Lifestyle TV is a beautiful, always-on, truly smart display that transforms the TV to art, making a home or office more welcoming and aesthetically pleasing no matter the content on the screen.”

Steadicam Volt | Tiffen Company

How the company describes it:

“The Steadicam Volt is a compact, three-axis motorized smartphone camera stabilizer that allows users to stabilize videos like no other product on the market. The Volt is a unique hybrid: direct, precise Steadicam operating for smartphones with electronic gyro-simulated mass.”

NOTE | Currently the Steadicam Volt is a Kickstarter project. As of January 5, it had not reached it goal and a special CES price of $119 is available. Retail will be $199.


VIA | CES.tech

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Wow! A 1 Terabyte SD Memory Card for Professional Photographers and Videographers

Impossible to believe, a TB memory card.

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Small Business Gadget: The Ehang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (Flying Car)

A 440-lb. pilotless robotic eight-rotor ‘drone’ that carries a passenger

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Small Business Gadget: AIO Robotics Zeus Plus 3-D Scanner-Printer

The general trend in 3-D printing is currently on improving speed and ease of use.

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Small Business Gadget: HP Envy 5540 All-in-One Printer

A feature-packed, multifunction printer you can find on sale for less than $80.

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Small Business Gadget: A USB Rechargeable Battery Equivalent to 500 Regular Batteries

The first USB rechargeable battery to use lithium polymer technology in a standard AA or AAA battery size

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Small Business Gadget: Griffin Solves the Missing ‘MagSafe’ Mystery for New MacBooks

Griffin’s BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable brings back a magnetic breakaway power cable to USB-C compatible laptops.

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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