5 tech gizmos to make work easier

The Shaker
Wed 10 Jul

Work. Even the word can make you cringe. 

But it dosen't have to, see our top office gadgets that go the extra mile and get you smiling. 


Best Posture Monitor: Lumo Lift 

All desk jockeys do it, particularly as the day wears on. Your shoulders slump a little at first, then the next thing you know you’re in an all-out slouch. Back pain sets in to really ruin your day. Just place Lumo’s little sensor on the back of your shirt. It will vibrate when you begin to slouch, sort of like a gentle tap on the shoulder to remind you to straighten up.

The Lift is wireless and will sync with your smartphone if your phone is equipped with Bluetooth 4+ and operates on iOS 10 or later or Android 5.0 or above.


Best Mug: Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug

There’s not much worse than reaching for your coffee mug to power up for the day’s next task only to end up with a mouthful of cold, congealing brew. The Ember mug keeps your caffeine — or any other liquid you prefer — warm so it’s pleasantly digestible whenever you pause for a sip or three.

The mug comes with a saucer that is actually the charging device. You can leave it on the saucer or take it off for up to an hour or more to carry around the office with you. Your coffee or tea will stay warm and palatable. Best of all, you can remotely set it to the temperature you prefer. 


Best Handheld Scanner: PenPower WorldPenScan X

The information you’re looking for is there in front of you in black and white on a printed page, but you need it saved on your phone or on your hard drive. Or maybe it’s in German, a language you’ve never mastered and don’t intend to. This handy pen scanner and translator by PenPower can help you out in both cases.

The scanner is compatible with Mac, Windows, Android and iPhone, and it’s ideal for offices with high-volume correspondence that you don’t want to have to repeatedly dig in a paper file to find. Just run the “pen” over the text in question and it will convert the data into text on your computer or smartphone. The translation software will tell you what it all means. The scanner can decode 12-plus languages and turn the words into English. The WorldPenScan X can also take data from screenshots and direct-deposit it into most Word programs and search engines. At just eight inches long, it’s not clumsy or difficult to handle, either.



Best Screen Altering Device: AirBar

AirBar is a sleek, lightweight device that turns your regular laptop into a touchscreen instantly. Attach the bar to the bottom of your laptop display via magnets, plug in via universal serial bus (USB), and use anything from a paintbrush to a gloved finger to interact with your screen. It is compatible for both Windows 10 laptops and Macs. Small businesses can invest in an AirBar to use on laptops to improve interactivity in video conferences, meetings, and client presentations.


Best Air Cleaner : KOIOS

This top-rated compact Koios Upgraded air purifier uses HEPA filtration to keep you breathing easier in your 5-foot-by-5-foot office cubicle. It has a single on/off button, three-stage filtration, and a three-year warranty. Filtering 99.97% of dust, pollen, smoke, odors, mold spores, and pet dander. This air purifier filters particles as small as 0.3 microns and larger, helping to improve overall health.Breathing cleaner air means fewer days calling in sick. Who doesn’t want that?