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.


Product: Ehang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle
Availability: A long time from now

On SmallBusiness.com, we regularly update the progress of commercial drones — devices that are close to a tipping point in many industries (as long as they are far away from urban centers). So when Ehang, a Chinese drone company, unveiled the Ehang 184, a self-flying, personal “autonomous aerial vehicle,” which, in english, means, “a 440-lb. pilotless robotic eight-rotor drone that carries a passenger,” we were happy to declare it the Friday selection for our annual Small Business Gadget week. The Ehang 184 is designed to carry a person up to 10 miles per charge. Don’t know how to pilot a helicopter? No problem: it flies itself after you chose your destination on an iPad. (Really, what could go wrong with that?) All that, for $200,000 or so. If it sounds too good to be true, it surely will be. Why? The FAA likes at least one person in an aircraft to be a pilot because someone needs to know how to avoid all those drones that will be delivering Amazon packages. Oh, and did we mention $200,000.

Below, see photos and video provided by Ehang


 

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Cool, huh?

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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