Small innovations can be big time-savers or breakthrough devices for the right company.
From security encryption devices to dashboard cameras, these gadgets can help solve some of your business' challenges and free you up to focus on other things.
Here are a few gadgets that could save you time and money.
— By Chris Morris, special to CNBC.com, with reporting by Marguerite Ward
Posted 15 March 2015.
Wireless routers are a staple in most offices, but what if that router could also wirelessly charge devices? The WattUp uses Bluetooth, RF and its own technology to deliver power to phones, tablets and other devices within a 15-foot range. The device can prioritize items that are lowest on battery power, among other customizable settings.
Those devices must integrate WattUp's technology, though, meaning your current iPhone or Android device won't be able to take advantage of the system, though future versions might.
Need to keep track of company property? This small, attachable disc — about the size of a quarter and just 3.5mm thick — can be put on a pair of keys, phone or pretty much anything else and acts as a radar of sorts.
If the missing item is within 100 feet, you can locate it using the accompanying app and Bluetooth signal by sounding an alarm. If that item is farther away, the device can be tracked using other TrackRs as a collective cloud to help you locate it, no matter how far.
In small offices, it's not uncommon for employees to often be alone, creating a potential security hazard whenever someone walks in from the street. The Ring Video Doorbell offers a wide-angled HD video system with night vision, letting you know who's at the door — and sending their image to a cloud server. The system also includes motion detection for visitors who decide to knock instead of ringing the bell.
Dashboard cameras are fairly common in vehicles in certain parts of Europe and Asia, but they haven't caught on here in the U.S. yet. If your business involves a vehicular fleet or lots of time on the road, though, it might be worth considering.
The Thinkware Dash Cam F750 records your drives in 1080p high definition (both front- and rear-facing) and includes a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, letting you immediately transfer videos to your phone. It also has a built-in GPS and road-safety warning systems to keep your drivers (or yourself) on track.
Construction companies can always use a good sizzle reel when attracting new business. This weather-resistant construction camera is meant for long-term observation of a build. From there, you can condense that footage into just two minutes of video to show clients and potential clients how the work progressed.
There's no reason to subject yourself to the sludge that passes for coffee in most offices. This new device lets people control the brewing process remotely, meaning every cup can be fresh-brewed, and the beans can be freshly grinded.
Supplies running low? The system sends an alert to users' iPhones. It can even detect when you walk in the building and send a note asking if you'd like a cup.
Today's LED lightbulbs can do a lot more than brighten a room. The Boost is a Wi-Fi extending bulb, eliminating spotty connectivity throughout the office. That means you'll be able to work as efficiently in the conference room as you can at your desk.
If your business is a start-up and corporate espionage is a growing concern, the Vysk QS1 could be your best bet when it comes to cell phone cases.
The case protects your calls, texts, photos and videos from prying eyes, using what the company says is "next-generation encryption." Additionally, the case prevents hackers from using your phone's camera to spy on you.
More and more companies — particularly in the manufacturing industry — are relying on the "Internet of Things" to monitor production and lower costs. But any expert will tell you that if something's attached to the Internet, it can be hacked, and to date, there haven't been a lot of IOT security devices.
The Bitdefender Box fills that hole, acting as a firewall for your connected devices. Just hook it up to your Wi-Fi router and it goes to work automatically.
iPad users may be jealous of the Windows Surface kickstand and integrated keyboard, but a solution is on the way. Kensington's new case for the Apple tablet offers those services but lets the device retain its thin shape. Additionally, it has a beefy battery that will extend your iPad's battery life or charge your iPhone.