Audio- and video-conferencing are great ways to connect dispersed workgroups and extend the reach of valuable expertise. ClearOne's RAV 600 system brings custom-room quality audio conferencing within the budget of any small business. The $2,600 system includes two Bose speakers, six microphones, and an audio mixer with integrated telephone interface and amplifier. Easy to use wired, wireless, or Ethernet remote control capabilities are also available.
A high-quality webcam makes it simple to explore the many advantages of videoconferencing and videomail. Logitech's QuickCam Fusion ($100) delivers 1.3-megapixel image resolution, and high-quality audio with echo-canceling.
Pocket-sized multimedia players let you record, store, playback, and transport images, sound, video, and other digital resources. Epson's P-4000 Multimedia Storage Viewer ($699) features a super bright, 3.8-inch LCD screen with Epson Photo Fine technology, and a huge 80GB hard disk drive--ideal for mobile executives and digital media professionals.
Digital Foci's Picture Porter is particularly useful if you have images and video on a variety of memory cards. The 20GB ($399) and 40GB ($469) models feature a bright, 2-inch LCD screen, and will play JPEG slideshows and video recorded in MPEG-1, MPEG-4, and DivX 5.2.1 formats.
Samsung's ultra-compact YP-T8Z Digital Audio Player can play audio, video, picture, and text. The $200 unit features 1GB flash memory, a 1.8-inch TFT-LCD screen for individual viewing of MPEG-4 video files, an FM tuner/recorder, and voice/line-in for recording in MP3 format.
The Imation Micro Hard Drive, measuring only 1.6 x 0.66 x 3.3-inches, is ideal for transporting large amounts of data (no screen, no AV out). The 2GB ($159) unit provides secure storage, and includes backup software.
NeatReceipts Professional is one of those ideas that makes me say, "why didn't I think of that?" With this portable scanner and software solution, you can easily digitize, organize, and edit receipts. NeatReceipts can export the data directly to an expense report spreadsheet, or accounting software such as QuickBooks or TurboTax. This compact, $230 unit can also create a PDF of multiple receipts for visual backup, and can scan business cards for export to your MS Outlook address book or PDA.
The new DLO TransPod ($100) is a well-designed product that lets you listen to music and podcasts from your iPod in your car. The unit functions as a charger and FM transmitter, and delivers high-quality sound via your car stereo. TransPod provides a cradle for your iPod, with an articulating arm for convenient positioning.
Tired of hassling with mobile phone headset cords? Check out the Bluetooth wireless earpiece from Paramount Industries ($70). Model 98008 operates at 2.4GHz, and offers a transmission range of about 30 feet from a compatible Bluetooth mobile phone or BlackBerry 7100g. A fully-charged battery provides seven hours of talk time. A similar unit, the Jabra BT250v, also features a vibrating call alert.
These and other new tools can help increase productivity and enhance your workstyle.
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