Must-Have CEO Gadgets
Here’s a list of some gadgets to help you unwind during your free time. Whether you like movies, some time on the links, or a nice cup of coffee these gadgets can help you make the most of the few minutes you actually can spare.
August 1 2011 by Michael Gelfand
Everybody, it seems, wants a piece of you. Your meeting calendar is always full, everyone in your C-suite wants your ear; vendors, investors and board members are all calling, and there’s a company that needs to be run. Yeesh. One way to stay productive when you’re at the top of everyone’s dance card is to really revel in the moments you get to unwind. We’ve rounded up a handful of products specifically made for just those moments. Unlike the latest smartphone, netbook or similar device that increases your connectivity and only further locks you into the grid, each one of these products is made for the moments off the grid that no one else gets a piece of… your private time.
Sensational Screen Time
You probably can count the hours of TV you get to watch at home per week on one hand, so when that time rolls around don’t you think you deserve the best? Panasonic’s VIERA TC-P65VT30 65-inch Flat Panel HDTV is just that—it delivers the pinnacle of flat panel HD performance, with breathtaking contrast ratio and unsurpassed color fidelity. An innovative feature called ISFccc enables a properly trained and equipped technician (go to www.tweaktv.com for a list of qualified calibrators in your area) to program reference standard viewing modes for day and night viewing on the P65VT30, giving you the ideal brightness for daytime viewing and a separate calibration picture for movie watching when the lights are turned down. Need icing on that? The TC-P65VT30 is 3D capable at 1080p/24, one pair of glasses is included. ($4,299, www.panasonic.com)
Time to Decompress
CEOs and professional divers have a lot in common: Deep dives are the name of the game, swimming with sharks is de rigueur, and fact-based decisions can mean the different between life and death. Bell & Ross’ BR 02-94 Steel Carbon Fiber Chronograph is perfect for the diver in you, whether real or imagined. Stylish and utilitarian, this two-counter chronograph is equipped with a 44mm diameter, 316L glass bead-blasted 18-carat pink gold and steel and vacuum carbon black casing screw-in push-pieces, crowns, and caseback, plus a decompression valve and photo-luminescence for the dial and the reference point on the graduated unidirectional bezel. Water resistant down to 300 meters, it’s ideally suited for navigating pressure both on the ground and in the water. ($5,900, www.bellross.com)
Best in Brew
French pressed coffee may be the ideal way to make your morning cup of Joe—you control the grind, the steeping temperature and steeping time—but if you’re a connoisseur on the go, those traditional glass presses aren’t remotely practical. Enter the Planetary Design Double Shot French Press Mug. Designed to fit in your car’s drink holder, this high gloss, scratch-resistant, 14-ounce capacity travel mug—constructed out of double-walled, restaurant-grade stainless steel that keeps your java remarkably hot for up to 2.5 hours—houses an internal press that screws into a base capable of holding enough ground coffee to make an additional 14-ounce cup. A patented double filtration system prevents grounds from muddying your brew. ($29.99, www.planetarydesign.com)
Global Tunes on the Go
As a CEO, your need to be everywhere at once probably makes it easy to appreciate the Grace Digital Allegro Wi-Fi Radio and Streamer. Measuring 7” x 5” x 4” (h/w/d), the sweet-sounding Allegro gives you entrée to over 17,000 different internet radio stations from around the world (thanks to an easy-to-use interface and intuitively categorized station searches by location and genre). It also delivers easy access to Pandora, Live 365 and Sirius satellite radio services and can stream music from your own music sources, as well. The rear-ported speaker has plenty of punch and boasts surprisingly good response for something so small (a 3.5mm stereo output enables you to connect external speakers if you are so inclined), and thanks to true 802.11g wireless connectivity, a full featured remote, and both AC and battery power (with a recharging circuit for NiMH rechargeable batteries), the Allegro is truly portable, allowing you to take it wherever you are while it takes you wherever you want to be. ($169.99, www.gracedigitalaudio.com)
Give Your Game an Adjustment
The pocket on a baseball glove and the curve on a hockey stick are tuned by the unique ergonomics, personal tastes and specific needs of the player, so why shouldn’t your driver be just as adjustable? TaylorMade’s R11 Driver represents the company’s third generation of adjustable drivers and comes loaded with technological and engineering innovations that allow you to independently tune the loft, face angle and flight path to your swing for maximum distance. Available in 9 and 10.5-degree lofts (for lefties, too), head volume is 440cc, lie angle is 57 degrees, club length is 45.75 inches and swing weight is D4. Sadly there’s no hole-in-one button option yet, but this will do nicely for now. ($399, www.taylormadegolf.com)