10 new high-tech products to keep in mind for pros

CES 2023 once again brought its share of innovations likely to simplify business travel and long-distance communication

Motorola ThinkPhone

The lovers of Lenovo ThinkPad are pleased to know that their computer can now be used as a smartphone of the same breed in Motorola ThinkPhone (it’s the same house). Both orientations aimed at a professional audiencewith quality and reliability as priorities, and the same kind of high-end specifications, here with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, a 6.6″ screen in the sense of FHD + and an important system of fast charging TurboPower 68 W that allows you to power up the smartphone or the computer carelessly and recover a day’s capacity in just 15 minutes. It includes the Think 2 Think solution that boosts productivity through seamless integration between the ThinkPhone and the ThinkPad. Offered in an 8/256 GB version, particularly resistant (military grade, IP 68 protection), its price (above €500) remains officially announced.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 2023

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon generation (Gen 11) must remain a reference in the field of business laptops. Of the recycled materials appeared there, including 90% recycled magnesium and 55% aluminum. One OLED screen blue light reduction and Dolby Vision compatibility are available as an option, while for video conferencesthe Dolby suite with Atmos Audio and active noise reduction using artificial intelligence must provide the best conditions. The smart camera also protects its users with a bad posture alert, while it can automatically react to the presence of an unwanted viewer, displaying a dedicated logo or blurring the image. Availability: April, from €1,599 excluding VAT.

iOttie Velox Pro Magnetic Wireless Dash and Windshield Mount

With MagSafe charging, iPhones tend to heat up when they stay in position for long periods of time, as is the case in a car, on a dedicated charger. New Yorkers from iOttie make up for that with their Velox Pro vented charger with patented cooling technology, capable of charging at 7.5W (an Elite version capable of charging at 15W is coming later). A dedicated chip, the use of magnesium and a 9-blade fan that rotates at 6,000 rpm ensure total thermal management, while you drive quietly. Count on around $80 at spring launch.

Scosche MagicMount Elite Charge Premium Wireless Charging Stand

Here is a small MagSafe charging stand for iPhone (power: 7.5 watts) particularly compact and stylish. Folding, it can be forgotten in its bag and unfolded, it is sturdy enough to hold the smartphone in landscape or vertical position, on an improvised workstation or on the bedside table. Available in the fall for around $50.

Moft Adhesive Cooling Stand

The small American company MOFT (Mobile Office For Travelers) certainly looked to Japan for inspiration in its ingenious origami-style computer stand. It just sticks to the bottom of the laptop and is forgotten as soon as it’s folded, in the carrying pouch (ultra thin, 92 g). When opened at an angle of 15 or 25° depending on the position chosen, the support offers the computer a more ergonomic position, both for the keyboard and screen height, contributing to a better posture. It also heats up a little, helped by the graphene that makes up this accessory, reducing the operating temperature by 5°C on average. €37.95, 4 colors.

JBL Tour Pro 2

JBL’s latest Bluetooth headphones are the first to include a touch screen (1.45”) in their charging case, allowing easy access to their many features. It allows you to manage music, personalization of headphones, calls, messages and notifications without taking out your smartphone. Two tests, in noisy and quiet environments, will determine the optimal personalized sound and advanced active noise reduction. Six microphones are responsible for providing the best call quality in this high-end model. €249, 10 hours battery life (+30 hours charging in case).

Rolling Square InCharge XL

The small Swiss company Rolling Square focuses its intelligence on an all-in-one cable, now available in a long version: the brilliant InCharge has 6 different connectors (USB Type C, Micro USB, Lightning) and can withstand a large power of 100 watts and send data. Ideal for connecting a socket or a laptop and a smartphone, an external disk or charging headphones, for example. Its sturdy design and neat design make it a great travel companion. Available in 30cm, 2 or 3m lengths (with silicone storage pouch). 29 to 39 €.

Skyted

The French of Skyted build an amazing noise absorbing mask and allows a normal conversation without disturbing those around him. Another advantage is that it allows a completely private conversation in a public place. One of the outlets for this project supported by Airbus Dev is the possibility to call the plane at complete discretion, 80% of voice vibrations are suppressed and the absorption reaches -25 to -40 dB. For the sound part, it can be connected to any type of Bluetooth headphones. Upcoming Kickstarter campaign.

Heat it up

This micro device Heat it up that plugs into a smartphone’s USB-C or Lightning socket has a simple, but life-saving function: relieve insect bites. Very practical when traveling, it heats the skin to exactly 51°C, which is enough to relieve pain and itching. With the dedicated application, it is possible to choose from 12 intensity levels. This very small device made in Germany is sold for 39 €.

Ampere The Traction Timer

Need to focus? The start-up Ampere thought of a kind of safe temporarily taking your smartphone from your hands. Just set the time you want to leave it locked, between 5 s and 99 min. An application completes this task by encouraging concentration time and the creation of a useful work. This product won one of the many innovation of the year awards at CES. First servings of spring, 198g, $69.

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