Tech Tools: For Your Office, to Go
Logitech K480 Keyboard
Now you can respond to a text message, set a calendar alert and write an email on three separate devices—all from the same full-size keyboard. Logitech’s K480 Multi-Device Keyboard connects wirelessly to your phone, tablet and desktop at the same time. To switch between the three devices, just turn the keyboard’s rotary dial. The lay-flat keyboard is equipped with a thick docking station to hold your phone and tablet at an upright angle—like a laptop screen—so you can keep an eye on all of your displays at once.
When does a ballpoint qualify as a smartpen? When it contains an infrared camera and microprocessor. Take notes with the Livescribe 3 smartpen on special Livescribe paper and your handwriting is wirelessly—and instantly—transferred to your computer. Your scribbles appear on the screen, and the Livescribe+ app converts them into digital text that you can then edit, tag and share. You can also record audio while you write, so if you get a hand cramp or zone out during a PowerPoint, you won’t miss anything. Simply tap on your writing within the app to play back the audio that was recorded while you were doodling.
Celluon PicoPro / PicoAir
The Celluon PicoAir is what digital signage dreams are made of. This iPhone-size projector can blow up videos, photos and documents to fill a 20-foot wall. Unbelievably, the high-def projection never goes out of focus, even if you bump the device, because it forms its picture with lasers instead of traditional LED bulbs. PicoAir connects to your devices wirelessly and can run for about 2.5 hours before needing a charge. The PicoPro connects via HDMI cable, giving it an extra hour of battery life.
With the pint-sized Zuta, you can print documents anywhere, on any size paper, directly from your phone. To print, set the 10-centimeter-wide gadget on the top left corner of a sheet of paper and activate it through the Zuta app. The wireless robot runs across the page, printing like an ink-filled Roomba. You can print 60 pages or for 1 hour before the device needs to be recharged, although by then the barista may ask you to leave your corner-table office.
Nespresso Citiz & Milk
Nespresso’s latest coffee machine makes afternoon latte runs a relic of your time-wasting past. The compact Citiz & Milk capsule coffeemaker includes an automated milk frother for preparing coffee-shop-quality cappuccinos at your desk. As your Nespresso pod brews, the frother whisks up your milk of choice into a thick lather. In 60 seconds you will have cold froth for iced drinks, and in 75 seconds you can have the piping-hot version. When the espresso is complete, remove the mug from the tray and top it with your milk and foam. If you’re in the mood for procrastinating, try your hand at latte art.
Intel Compute Stick
Carry a PC in your pocket. Intel’s 4-inch-long Compute Stick plugs into the HDMI port of any TV or monitor and instantly turns it into a desktop. The stick contains an Intel processor, plenty of memory, a USB port and Bluetooth for connecting wirelessly to a mouse and keyboard. Plus it comes pre-loaded with either a Linux or Windows 8.1 operating system, meaning you can run apps like Excel, or better yet, Netflix, from your hotel room’s TV.