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.
The Eye-Fi Connect X2
is the first wireless memory card that has a Wi-Fi 802.11 adapter built in. Any camera that takes the card--and there are thousands--becomes a wireless device. You might never need to plug a card (or device) into a PC again to offload files. The card allows for up to 32 networks to be hard-coded in. One of those can be your company's Wi-Fi where you can move that video you made for the sales department to a PC. If you don't have Wi-Fi at work, just send it to your iPhone, iPad, or Android device with direct mode. Photographers will love this because they can preview photos on the iPad's larger screen during a shoot. $49.99