Having guests over? Expecting family for a visit? Asked the boss over for a game day or inviting that special someone for a casual movie night? These tech toys can be conversation starters that make you look ahead of the curve, even with those aging velour pillows and dust bunnies lurking. But also for summer travel, group fun, work downtime and coffee shop bragging rights these gadgets are all “most wanted’.
1. Recharging Mats
Getting more charge in the garage was never more high tech than now. Powermat, PureEnergy Solutions, and Witricity are a few of the companies crafting brilliantly sleek power charging mats for pods, device, cellphones, and more. A black-on-black sexy look and feel gives James Bond upgrade to any room. Clean up your pod area and allow guests a handy place to charge up. Metal and magnetic technology make the options complex but appealing.
2. Sound Bars
Cables and wi-fi for the home theater got you down? Got better things to do with your weekend than a LCD TV installation and reading bracket diagrams? Attach a sound bar device under your new or existing LCD, LED or HDTV and enjoy the fascinating tech appeal of minimal audio footprint with maximum delivery of tonal depth and modular density. LCD TV never looked better. Guests will notice audio quality boost right away.
3. Super Mini Lav Mikes
Input microphones that capture sound quality for ad hoc videos YouTube moments, and brilliant off the cuff home karaoke have been the challenge for all miniature media recording formats and devices. Lavalier mikes get sound from more than one person and clean up those white noisy viral marketing videos. the James Bond factor? Portable use means getting what those people behind you in line said for all eternity.
Why buy a miniature lavalier mike? Fewer echoes, no garbling, better digital results. Clarify your presentation for upload to your site with the $25 Audio-Technica (or $450 wireless Sony ) lav mikes. Make your site videos and home entertainment moments more memorable and reproducible instantly. Condensing audio into amateur video painlessly just got easier. And home business deductible, too.
4. Pocket Projectors
Hone your elevator pitch with devices like 3M’s $395 pocket projector. Make your case to the microinvestor standing next to you at the airport or show the partner your quarterly statements waiting for the shuttle. Be the guy with the coolest gadget in the room. Imagine projecting your pitch in a darkened movie theater before the previews roll an the captive eyes and ears listening.
If you party or entertain at sports venues or private homes, any blank wall in a dark room or exterior surface becomes a conference room. 3 gigabyte memory, Excel and Word, and 20,00 hours of lamp light life mean your message goes until you stop. Make nearby prospects, investors and sponsors speak up and ask to join the party and see the show. Did that Vegas airfare just become tax deductible for your home business?
5. Mini Book Reader
Sony ($400) and CyBook Opus ($199) make some slick little book devices that take the ouch from your shoulder and put that mission to finish “War and Peace’ back on the table. Orientation shifts and menu manipulation bring titles and documents into view. Tiny smart technology LCD screens allow for focused reading in small spaces. A mini book reader is the ultimate grad gift.
Ample space and media access make the sky the limit. The Opus is just over five ounces and the Sony needs a wireless network, but those casual book recommendations just got some instant traction. A USB cable makes reading list content accessible for parents, kids, and companions.
Google books and media card content mean plug and play digestion of the department’s updates and bulletins just got play-date friendly. Got some massive white papers to digest? Waiting for a flight an extra hour? Mixing business with pleasure? Get back to work Monday having done the required reading without lugging the computer bag around all weekend.