Imagine being a hyper connected traveler. Suitcase equipped with chips that tells you where it is and locks itself when you move away. Virtual key allowing you to open your hotel room with a simple smartphone. Watch connected on which your boarding pass is displayed. All these technologies are already developed and will largely become democratic in the coming years. But the connected objects are just beginning to evolve the routine of business travelers. Everything changes very quickly, we see the appearance of services that nobody imagined a year ago.
We know that technology is at the heart of all activities: in organizations, in their interactions, in their customers, almost everyone uses them. Employers need people who understand how to harness technology to meet the rapidly changing world and its needs. Technological innovators need to acquire business skills to ensure that their big ideas succeed in finding their place in the market.
Business gadgets are technological devices that allow businessmen to do business more efficiently away from a formal office setting. These gadgets are usually smaller, mobile versions of business electronics found in an office. Different types of corporate gadgets include mobile phones, laptops, scanners, projectors, global positioning system and software specially designed for these devices.
Laptops are the most basic gadgets. Technological advances have led to smaller, lighter computers that can be easily packaged in a bag or briefcase. These laptops are also equipped with the technology that allows them to connect wirelessly to the Internet, even during transport, such as when traveling in a car or on an airplane.
Tablet computers are now gadgets including much of the functionality of laptops, but provide on a format similar to a block of paper. Tablet computers usually navigate through a touch screen, eliminating the need for a mouse or a cursor.
One of the most common examples of gadgets is the smartphone. A smartphone is a combination of a laptop phone and tablet packed in a handheld device. With a smartphone, the user can access e-mail, surf the Internet and read or create documents using the phone’s screen and wireless connection. Smartphones can be adjusted by adding an application or applications. Applications are small software that works in the same way as adding programs to a computer. Perhaps, the smartphone has evolved so much that today most businessmen like to use their smartphone alone to do all their business activities.
A pocket scanner is designed for businessmen to maintain mobile activity. The scanner allows a user to copy a document and then import it to any other gadget, such as a laptop or smartphone. A pocket scanner can replace both the fax and copier at large. Many tablets and smartphones can be used as scanners using the built-in camera and a program that converts the image into a document file.
A business gadget that helps businessmen navigate through an unknown location or area is called a GPS. The GPS gives detailed indications turn-by-turn. A GPS device can be used as a stand-alone gadget, but more and more smart phones and tablet computers have an integrated GPS device. This allows the user to recieve turn-by-turn directions from Google or any other provider receive instructions on their phone or computer without a separate GPS gadget report.
Many businesses use projectors to present ideas and plans to their clients. In the past, these projectors were heavy to carry and awkward to take along and present. Mini projectors are no bigger than a camera and allows to project on any surface. This gives a better impression on clients and will take the business meeting seriously.
A Portable Charger
For anyone who travels by business, traveling efficiently is as imperative as arriving on time to an appointment. More and more airports have recharging stations, but it is sometimes difficult to find an outlet in many of them. To compensate for this shortcoming, a small portable charger (a rechargeable battery, in fact) slips easily into the case, while other glass-shaped chargers integrate into the bottle holder of the car center console. There are also, as a last resort, solar and crank loaders.
A Wi-Fi modem
Although several airports now offer free Wi-Fi, others continue to charge for this service. For a little more than a hundred dollars, a 4G cellular modem (also called wireless hotspot, such as Verizon’s Jetpack or Novatel Liberate) is available to provide Internet access as soon as a network is available.
A Powerful Microphone
A powerful microphone to record a business meeting and be sure to capture the voice of everyone around the conference table, you can get a small microphone (like IRig MIC Cast) that easily attaches to your multi-function phone.
Headphones with Anti-noise
To favor sleep on long flights, it is better to choose what you want to hear (from the hovering music instead of the tears of a toddler, for example) thanks to an audio headset that stifles the ambient noise. The anti-noise headphone can cut all the noise around and will help you to relax wherever you are.
For many businesses, adapting is a matter of survival. Adaptation is increasingly perceived as an opportunity to transform business and rethink marketing strategies. Innovation is the key, and businessmen are willing to take a fresh look at their IT environment by wondering what needs to be improved or changed. They challenge the very fabric of their business and redefine it, in line with social, economic and political developments. They are currently transforming their infrastructure to align with their business objectives and make it scalable to support their future growth, agile with high performance to ensure reliable and fast distribution of critical applications, flexible to better manage fluctuations and ultra efficient to maximize the return on investment. Above all, they are looking for new innovative ways to use technology to automate, realign, illuminate and re-evaluate all the links in their operational chain.