Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Office gear you didn’t know you needed

PCWorld - 

Cool tools

You might think you don’t need much in the way of business equipment to get your work done—maybe just a PC with an Internet connection. But you’re missing out on some interesting, under-the-radar products that can speed your workflow, protect your business, and keep your body healthy during long hours at your desk.

We’ve assembled a collection of ten peripherals and accessories that are so beautiful, smart, or helpful that you’ll wonder how you ever got anything done without them.

Logitech Washable Keyboard K310

Keyboards are gross. Not only do crumbs from all those meals you eat at your desk fall between the keys, but the surfaces are laden with bacteria. And trying to salvage a keyboard that was on the receiving end of a spilled cup of coffee is likely a futile effort.

The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 is the perfect peripheral for germaphobes and klutzes. It comes with a little crumb and dust brush strapped to its underside, and you can bathe it in water up to 11 inches deep.

Price: $40


A subscription software service that works with depth-sensing cameras such as the Microsoft Kinect, Personify embeds live video of you in your online presentation, enabling you to interact with it just as if you were in the room with your audience.

A green-screen feature lets you strip yourself out of your environment. You can navigate through your presentation using gesture technology or Personify's smartphone app.

Price: $20 per user each month, or $199 per user a year. Buy an Asus Xtion Pro Live RGB camera and depth sensor from Personify for $199, and the company will give you three months of Personify service for free.

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