The 2015 International Consumer Electronic Show wrapped up in mid-January. And amidst the tons of hot tech items at the show were some that were particularly well suited to the working woman. Here’s Part 1 of my pick of five notable items from the show.
Samsung 1 TV Portable Hard Drive
What’s equally as cool as the fact that this hard drive can store a whopping 1 terabyte of data is that it’s the size of a business card, making it easy to slot into a purse or briefcase and bring along to meetings, business trips, or back and forth from the home to the office. It can serve as a convenient backup of important business files, with enough room to spare to store personal data, too, whether it’s a full music collection, movies, and family photos. US$600
LeefiBridge Mobile Memory USB Device
Even with a 64 GB iPhone, I find that I run out of space to store photos, e-mails, calendar items, apps, music, and videos. This gadget is a clever way not only to add storage space to an iPhone which, as we all know, does not accept optional memory card media, but also helps make it easy to transfer content back and forth from phone to computer. It simply plugs right into the Lightning connector of the phone, then you can record content directly to it (like photos or videos), play content from it, or transfer files – say, photos or a video you want to use in a presentation. It comes in 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256 GB capacities. Pricing ranges from US$60 up to US$400.
Urbanears Helpful Phone Case
Do you take public transit to the office every day? Whether it’s the subway, GO train, or other means, this case is cleverly designed to house a metro card in between the phone and the outer shell. This way, you won’t misplace it, and can hold your phone up to an RFID scanner to gain entry without having to take it out of the case. The case itself is made with a thin, plastic shell with rubber coating, and will come in seven colour options, starting March 24. Pricing TBA.
Kanex Multi Sync Keyboard
Women are typically multitaskers. This Bluetooth keyboard is unique in that you can use it to control up to three Bluetooth devices at once, like a MacBook, iPad, and iPhone. Start working on a file on your MacBook, for example, then switch over to your iPhone and just press one of the three numbered Bluetooth buttons on the top left to toggle to the new device and keep typing. It works using a rechargeable battery, or connect it to a single device via microUSB. $100
Stir Kinetic Desk
Health and ergonomics are a big part of the office world these days, particularly for females. This desk, the brain child of former Apple, Disney, and IDEO execs, helps encourage transitioning between both a sitting and a standing position at the work desk through subtle reminders that you’ve been sitting too long, and an automatic raising of the desk; or manual toggling via a convenient button that can take the desk from low to high standing position.
In Part 2, I’ll look at five more tech gadgets for the working woman.