Top Tech Products for 2011 - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

3-D televisions? Video games that use your body as the controller? Movie projectors that fit in your pocket? It all sounds like something we might see on an episode of The Jetsons. But electronics for fun and games weren’t the only things highlighted at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in January. There were plenty of digital technologies that small businesses and working professionals can benefit from too.

Here are some of the best tech products and trends introduced this year:

Yeti Pro by Blue Microphones

More and more bloggers and online professionals are broadcasting via Internet radio and streaming video. The Yeti Pro hails itself as the world’s first high resolution USB microphone and offers four distinct recording patterns for both digital and analog recording. With stereo analog out, the desktop microphones can also be used for more traditional studio environments, such as professional broadcast, podcasting, and home studios.

Motorola Xoom

Touch screen tablet PCs are here to stay. The question isn’t whether you’ll need one for your small business, but which kind of operating system will integrate better with your current office products. The Motorola Xoom will be the first device to run Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system that was designed with tablets in mind. With a 10.1-inch HD capacitive touch display that supports Adobe Flash, the Xoom is equipped with a dual core processor, each running 1 GHz; and Verizon 4G LTE speeds, meaning Web browsing will be faster and more intuitive than ever.

What was once a luxury of GM auto owners has now become an asset for any road warrior with  a vehicle from a major auto manufacturer. The new OnStar retail product comes with all the same features as the factory models, including automatic crash response, turn-by-turn navigation, links to emergency and roadside assistance, and hands-free calling.
$299 plus installation (service plans starting at $18.95 a month or $199 a year)

Samsung Central Station

Imagine moving seamlessly from your desktop to your laptop and back again without connecting or disconnecting any wires, changing any settings, or breaking a sweat. The Samsung Central Station monitor wirelessly transfers data and communicates between a wide range of peripheral devices at USB 3.0 speeds when they are within a one meter radius of a laptop that is connected to a Central Station USB connector. Available in 23- and 27-inch wired and wireless configurations, this 1080p LED-backlit display provides double the workspace when used alongside a connected laptop. This enables the user to work on one project using both displays.

3M Multi-Touch Displays
If you prefer a hands-on approach, consider 3M Multi-Touch Displays. These touch screen monitors can register 20 simultaneous touch events with a 6-millisecond response time. The 23-inch and 32-inch HD displays have a durable glass surface that works with nitrile, latex, and vinyl gloves and are compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Linux operating systems. They are equipped for off-axis viewing, can rotate several directions for wide-angle viewing, and even lay flat on a table top.

SanDisk Ultra USB Flash Drive with Secure Storage
When it comes to storing your data, USB drives are now as common as wire bound notebooks. But just like a notebook, USB drives are vulnerable to fall into the wrong hands. With SanDisk’s new secure storage drives, your photos, videos, and important files are password protected with 128-bit AES encryption in a private vault on your USB drive. The drives, which come in 8 GB to 32 GB capacities and include additional secure online backup of up to 2 GB, are available in five models.
From $44.99 to $109.99

Sandy Bridge Intel’s New Family of Core Processors
After the 2011 CES, some of the most anticipated laptops and tablet computers will have Intel’s 2nd generation of i3, i5, and i7 mobile core processors, which are nicknamed Sandy Bridge. Sandy Bridge processors contain an innovative micro-architecture on Intel’s newest 32nm (nanometer) process technology, which features vastly improved cores that provide improved data bandwidth, performance, and power efficiency. More than 500 new PCs and laptops will be equipped with these new processors that deliver enhanced visual and graphical features used for viewing and editing high-definition video, mainstream gaming, stereoscopic 3-D, multitasking, and online multimedia.
Pricing varies by laptop and desktop model.

iShred by Black & Decker
The iShred by Black & Decker claims to be the first vertical six sheet crosscut shredder. Limiting access to the blades, the design is intended to make the iShred one of the safest shredders on the market. In addition to shredding credit cards and staples, the iShred claims to be 100% jam free, and the unique fluted bin allows for easy, clean emptying.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.