The team at BYTE had the unique challenge of finding the top business-worthy consumer tech gifts for the holidays. There are lots of top 10 lists out there, but our challenge was finding cool consumer stuff that will also work well in the enterprise. Of course, many consumer products can be brought into the enterprise--that's the raison d'etre for BYTE--but there aren't a lot of them that also make great gifts. We skipped the obvious--the iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire--because we bet whoever wants those gadgets has them already. Our goal: gifts that would surprise, yet also function at work.
If you use the Apple Wireless Keyboard for your iPad, the Incase Origami Workstation for iPad 2 and iPad
stand is a must have. The keyboard snaps into place securely and the cover holds both versions of the iPad at the correct angle for typing in either landscape or portrait, turning your iPad into a desktop.
Inspired by the Japanese art of paper-folding, the Origami Workstation doesn't add a lot of thickness to the overall package. In fact, it works with most iPad cases, so you never need to unsheathe it just to type. The rubberized base keeps everything firmly in place. The iPad kicked BYOD into high gear. The Origami Workstation gives it a place on the desktop. $29.95