Videos from the Consumer Electronics Show
I'm here at CES and have some interesting things to share with you. I've created some videos of what is available. My Online Coaching Program members are getting access to all these but I wanted to share a few with you that will help you in your business.
Here's the article I just put together for Biz Journals. You can read this and learn about some tools that are cutting-edge to help you in your business and personal life. You'll also be able to watch some videos by going to the URLs that I reference.
There's a lot in this one. Let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you. By the way, if you'd like more information on my Online Coaching Program just go to: http://www.terrybrock.com/yoursuccessnow.htm
Now, here's the article and the video links:Consumer Electronics Show Unveils Productivity Tools For Your Business
By Terry L. BrockDateline: Las Vegas, Nevada
I’m typing this from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the annual gadget-fest that unveils to the world a cornucopia of toys and tools. I’m here to see how you can take some of this technology and leverage it to better run your business.
Here are a few examples of possibilities for your consideration as you gave at the choices today.
8 Ounce Windows Computer
OQO has released a fully Windows-compatible computer that can fit in your coat pocket or purse. This little computer can fit in the palm of your hand yet still has a keyboard (though very small), fold-out display, USB 2.0 port and a slot for a PC card. That way you could run Skype for making phone calls for free over the Internet. The retail price starts at $1899. Panasonic R4
This is a small computer that weighs 2.2 pounds and is great for word processing and accessing e-mail on the road. Because it has built-in Wi-Fi, you can use it to access the Net for all those Net-based activities. The battery life is 9 hours and that can be very useful if you need to be out on the road for extended periods of time. Prices start at less than $2,000. Go to www.dynamism.com for more information.
Both of these are demonstrated in a visual way for you on a video I put together illustrating them. You can access that video by going to http://tinyurl.com/bxxjl
. Check out these two computers as well as some new cell phone technology and USB drives that look like sushi! Watch the video and you’ll see them in action. Verizon Wireless Offers Downloadable Tunes and More
. Verizon Wireless has teamed up with Microsoft to unveil a new cell phone which can download music. These tunes can be stored on both your Windows PC and your cell phone for $1.99 each. What this means to you is that music is more readily available but more importantly it signifies a continuing shift to online access for many options in business. The new service from Verizon Wireless (to be available later this month) will provide video on your cell phone as well as downloadable music for listening. I listened to some of the music and the quality was on par with good MP3 players. It is all about convergence and getting the information you want, when you want it, where you want it. PepperPad offers 2.3 pound computing.
Continuing the trend towards smaller and easier to use, Pepper.com has released a lightweight computer that can access the Net, use full Windows capability and provide tools needed for the mobile road warrior. It has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can access the Net remotely. You can use an additional keyboard that is Bluetooth-enabled to type into the computer. It also has a USB port so a keyboard can be added from there. I also put together a video for this that you can view at http://tinyurl.com/cdw7j
. The PepperPad retails for $849.00 and is available through www.pepper.com Portable Speakers and Keyboard
ThinkOutside is a company that is known for producing peripherals that can enhance the portable experience for road warriors. If you’re on the road a lot for business, you should look into the new Boomtube H2O1 from ThinkOutside. This device provides 5 hours of audio with speakers that can be clearly heard. Too many of the speakers for iPods and other portable MP3 players today sound tinny and are quite low in quality. These produce sounds that are heard easily and for portable speakers I found the sound quality very nice. The Bluetooth keyboards they provide allow you to use your Blackberry, Palm and other devices to access a keyboard without a physical attachment. They are connected by the Bluetooth “radio-signal-like” device. The Boomtube H2O1 is available for $199.99 and keyboards are available for $149.99. For more information go to www.thinkoutside.com Chilibox for Small Business Data Sharing
Chilisystems.com has a new box that is made for small businesses. With this server, you can connect your computers for access to the Net, share and protect files, store data and backup your files, and access files from remote locations. It works with Windows, Macs, Linux systems so chances are you’ll be able to connect with most operating systems. The real benefit of a system like the chili box is the ability to share files, have the firewall protection and share Internet access across a few computers in a small business office. This way you save on adding new peripherals for each system. The retail price is $499.00 and it can be found on the street for less than that. For more information go to www.chilisystems.com.
Ovation Moves PowerPoint to a New Level
If you do a lot of presentations with PowerPoint you know how boring they can become. “Death by PowerPoint” has become a mantra in today’s corporate world and you need something to help you stand out. One tool that is now on the market from Serious Magic (www.seriousmagic.com) is called Ovation. This product works directly with PowerPoint (you have to have PowerPoint for Ovation to work) by taking your existing PowerPoint presentations and enimating them, and making them look like graphics you’d see on television. The system is incredibly easy as you just click on a PowerPoint presentation and drag it into Ovation. Once there you can click on several pre-designed templates for animated backgrounds, moving objects and more. The retail price is $99.00 and it can help your presentations stand out in a crowded world. You can avoid “Death by PowerPoint” and help to bring your presentations alive with a program like Ovation.
As a reporter who has covered numerous trade shows and electronics extravaganzas through the years, I see the trend is towards more access to the Net and away from big, bulky computer systems. Carrying the Net in your hand through handheld computers (like the R4 or OQO) and getting what you want through your cell phone (like the Verizion Wireless offers) portend the future. For your small business, think about how you can leverage the potential of the Net. Think small, accessible devices. As you embrace the newer technologies you’ll gain a competitive advantage --- and probably have a lot more fun too!
Terry Brock is a marketing coach who helps business owners market more effectively leveraging technology. He shows busy professionals how to squeeze more out of their busy days using the right rules and tools. He can be reached at 407-363-0505, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his website at www.terrybrock.com.
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