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: Pilot ECO USBCell Battery
Availability: TBA

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Pilot’s ECO USBCell battery, a CES 2016 Innovation Awards winner, is the first USB rechargeable battery to use lithium polymer technology in a standard AA or AAA battery size. Traditional rechargeable batteries lose capacity retention and performance degrade quickly compared to lithium polymer technology. An additional advantage of lithium polymer technology is that there is no dangerous acid leakage or corrosion. Most amazing: The battery can recharge for 500 cycles making it equivalent to 500 regular non-rechargeable batteries. (via: Press Release)


(Photo: EcoUSBcell.com)

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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