More companies than ever are adopting gadgets and new technologies to help make their operations more efficient and their businesses more successful. Some concepts are completely new and provide users with advanced and innovative features. At the same time, some other gadgets that have already been available for some time have become increasingly popular and are being more widely adopted.
That is largely because businesses are finding these gadgets more handy than ever in the face of recent crises. Here are the top 5 gadgets that can offer many benefits to businesses and professionals in 2021.
1. Portable Projectors
Portable projectors are a highly useful gadget for many businesses, particularly those that have to do a large number of product demonstrations and make presentations on the go. Portable projectors are ultra-compact and can fit into your pocket. Furthermore, they are so versatile that you can connect them to a wide range of devices, such as mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops, or virtually anything that stores images.
With this small device, you can project those images onto a wall, or any flat surface, so you don’t need anything else to make your presentation. Some versions even come with USB ports and internal memory so that you can directly project images without connecting them to another device.
2. Mobile Card Readers
Consumers have long been drawn to mobile and online payments. However, many businesses still rely on stationary credit card readers that sit on their store counter. Such card readers are very restricting as they need to stay in one spot. On the other hand, having mobile card reader technology will give you a high degree of freedom of movement to the business and enhance the level of customer service you offer.
Especially in the hospitality industry, these devices are extremely useful, allowing you to serve your customers in their rooms or the garden of your hotel, for example. And in some sectors, this becomes an indispensable gadget if your business involves a lot of travelling and fieldwork, or you have to go to your customers’ homes. They works with a SIM card connection like a mobile phone and leverage GPRS and 3G technologies to offer a high level of convenience and many advantages.
3. Advanced Digital Whiteboards
Digital whiteboards have truly come into their own in 2021, being an indispensible tool for video conferencing and virtual meetings. These days, with business’ increased reliance on remote conferencing and virtual meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, digital whiteboards have become more popular than ever.
One of the main features of a digital whiteboard is that viewers can independently zoom in on the whiteboard to enlarge details and get a clearer view. Additionally, you can combine multiple digital whiteboards for an increased surface area for large meetings. Users can also tag others to grant access even when they are not direct participants.
4. Smart Suitcases
Suitcases are not usually considered electronic gadgets – until now, with the advent of smart suitcases with digital capabilities. Many models are available with different features and benefits for an easier and smoother business travel experience.
Some smart suitcases have built-in mobile phone chargers so that you don’t need to look for a socket to plug in your charger in strange places or carry a bulky power bank with you. Some models have inbuilt apps that can track your travel, and others even incorporate the capability to weigh themselves so that you don’t need to scramble for a scale at the last moment when you have to rush to the airport.
5. Virtual Reality Headsets
Virtual Reality (VR) headsets are one thing that can enhance work atmosphere in a COVID-stricken world when people are confined to their homes and conducting online meetings using video conferencing. A VR headset can go far beyond video conferencing. It can create a virtual, three-dimensional space for you and your colleagues or clients. This means you can work in a virtual office space that resembles your real office with its interior spaces, desks, furniture, and corridors.
You can hold meetings with your colleagues sitting as avatars in their designated positions around the virtual 3D office space. You can do many other things with a VR headset, such as making presentations, demonstrating 3D models of products, and collaborate using a whiteboard that looks just like the one in your office in a three-dimensional world.
Many gadgets are experiencing surging popularity in this context of the global pandemic. Such devices help professionals in their remote work. The idea is to reduce the deficiencies you may face as a result of being away from the office. In other words, these gadgets aim to bring as much of the office as possible to your home. At the same time, new and innovative gadgets are supporting the professionals that are continuing to work and do business on the move.