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9 Products Unveiled at CES 2016 That Benefit Businesses

12 Jan 2016 by Melissa Alexander

Screens that roll up like your daily newspaper. Virtual reality headsets. And a robot that doubles as a hoverboard and a butler. These are just a few of the flashy gadgets the technology industry unveiled at CES 2016.

While CES delivers plenty of wow factor for consumers scrambling to get their hands on the latest technology, businesses can also benefit from taking a second look at the devices, services and concepts that turned heads at the event. Today’s digital workplace — described by Gartner as one that enables new, more effective ways of working; raises employee engagement and agility; and exploits consumer-oriented styles and technologies — is more consumerized than ever before and continues to inch in that direction.

For CIOs and IT managers, CES stands as a technology trend bellwether. As goes consumer tech, so goes business. Here are nine innovations from CES 2016 that could amp up the technology factor for your business:

Intel’s Compute Stick. The newly updated Compute Stick — a small device that turns any HDMI TV or display into a computer — is now powered by the 6th generation Intel Core M processor, including vPro. Users can stream media, manage files and create projects with Microsoft Office applications. The device, which will be available in first quarter 2016, is largely targeted at small and medium businesses and commercial applications, such as digital signage with analytics, kiosks and conference room collaboration.

Intel’s Thunderbolt Networking. Thunderbolt Networking provides a peer-to-peer connection at 10 GbE speeds to quickly transfer files between computers, perform PC migrations or set up small workgroups with shared storage.

Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro S. In February, Samsung will release the Galaxy TabPro S, a thin, light 2-in-1 tablet that features a full-size keyboard with integrated touchpad. Powered by Windows 10 productivity, the Galaxy TabPro S is the first tablet to support LTE Cat 6. With an Intel Core M processor — which consumes only 4.5W of power— a Super AMOLED display and up to 10.5 hours of battery life per charge, the Galaxy TabPro S is a machine built for business.

Dell's Latitude and UltraSharp product lines. Dell announced an expanded, updated offering of its Latitude commercial devices, rolling out its thinnest, lightest business-class notebooks and 2-in-1s. The company also introduced its refreshed UltraSharp monitor portfolio, adding its first OLED monitor, the world’s first InfinityEdge monitors and new wireless monitors. Dell describes the new additions as “the most comprehensive commercial products redesign in company history … delivering an unmatched experience to satisfy and impress today’s mobile business professional.”

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet. Targeting on-the-go professionals who need to do it all, Lenovo unveiled its ThinkPad X1 Tablet. The modular 12-inch X1 — with an Intel Core processor, Windows 10 Pro OS and optional 4G LTE-A mobile broadband — is uniquely designed to transform into a laptop, projector and 3D camera. Adding the optional Productivity Module, users get three USB 3.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port and OneLink+ port for docking, along with a five-hour battery boost.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad Stack. Users can customize the latest iteration of ThinkPad Stack to fit their needs for mobile peripherals, choosing from a wireless router, Bluetooth speaker, external hard drive, power bank, pico projector and a wireless charging component.

Lenovo’s AirClass. AirClass is a modern Web application that delivers the unmatchable experience of a live training environment anytime, anywhere. Class is always in session with the AirClass Activity Stream, allowing instructors and students to share documents, photos, videos and comments that can be reviewed or updated around the clock. Industry-leading attention and engagement emotional analytics help the instructor measure the effectiveness of the training, keeping the focus on learning — even at a distance.

Rif6’s Cube. Present on the fly thanks to the Cube, a mobile projector that works with any MHL/HDMI device to transform even the smallest screen into a mighty 120-inch display.

HP’s EliteBook Folio G1. This ultra-thin, ultra-durable, business-class notebook is optimized for collaboration. Professionals can launch calls and video chats effortlessly using the HP Premium Collaboration Keyboard. The Elitebook Folio G1 also features a 6th generation Intel Core processor, PCIe SSDs, 8GB of memory and long battery life.

While these products unveiled at CES are coming soon or have hit the marketplace, it’s too early to tell their impact on the business world. Until then, start planning for CES 2017.