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Tools of the Trade: March 2022

By Michael Castelluccio
March 1, 2022

This month’s entries all received innovation awards at CES 2022.

1. THINKBOOK PLUS GEN3

An all-around multitasking business laptop, the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 has two screens, an ultrawide 17.3″ 3K main display and an 8″ tablet-size secondary screen on the keyboard. The widescreen is more than twice as wide as its height with 3,072 5 1,440 pixels. The second screen supports productivity apps, widgets, phone syncing, and content mirroring. You can also duplicate or extend the primary display on it. The laptop enables multitasking such as writing down notes on the smaller screen in a Teams meeting and mirroring it to the main display to share with others, or streaming videos on the main screen while editing timelines on the secondary one. Its power components include up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with up to 32GB of memory and 2TB of storage. External ports include two USB-A, one USB-C, a Thunderbolt 4, HDMI, and a headphone/microphone combination. It will be available in May 2022. www.lenovo.com

 

2. ANKER POWERCONF

PowerConf H700 is Anker’s first wireless, enterprise-grade conferencing headset for working from home. The H700 is the first on-ear conference headset from Anker that can both record and transcribe calls. The audio is recorded on the host computer that’s running the AnkerWork’s software, which is compatible with leading conferencing platforms. Buyers get credits for up to 1,000 minutes of transcription service with the option to purchase more when needed. The current transcriptions support English and Chinese and later this year will include Japanese and German. The headset has AI-powered noise reduction and smart muting, and it can be connected to two devices, such as a computer and smartphone, at the same time. The charging stand will keep the batteries fully charged for a life of 24 hours talk time and 100+ standby. us.ankerwork.com

 

3. AUDEZE CONFERENCE SPEAKERPHONE

The Audeze FILTER is a portable, 10 oz. wireless conference speakerphone with a high-performance planar magnetic speaker. Its clear playback is the most powerful for any conference speakerphone of its size, reaching levels of up to 85 and 118 decibels. It has AI-controlled microphone circuitry that’s trained to eliminate more than 500,000 noise samples for zero-noise performance. The dual microphones have an operational range of 10 ft. About the size of a mobile phone (3″ 5 6″ 5 0.5″), the FILTER has a fold-down section with a touch-sensitive control panel for advanced settings. It’s plug-and-play, and it’s compatible with conferencing software such as Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Google Meet, Slack, FaceTime, and more. It can use Bluetooth or USB connections to Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. www.audeze.com

 

4. EUFY VIDEO DOORBELL

The eufy Video Doorbell Dual is designed to watch visitors and packages. With two cameras, it can track people and packages at the same time. The cameras are aimed at two different angles: The one facing forward has 2K resolution and a 160-degree field of view, and the downward-facing camera is 1,080p with a 120-degree field of view to monitor packages. This is also the first battery-powered camera duo of its kind offering a solution for those who don’t have wiring already installed for a conventional doorbell. There’s an AI-enabled family recognition feature that recognizes family and friends. A radar technology reduces false alerts by detecting human movements. us.eufylife.com

 

Michael Castelluccio has been the technology editor for Strategic Finance for 26 years. His SF TechNotes blog is in its 23rd year. You can contact Mike at mcastelluccio@imanet.org.


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