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The Street Touts 3 Kinda Crazy New SMB Tech Tools

Earlier today, InformationWeek SMB posted our take on SMB-oriented technology introductions at CES. Turns out we weren't the only ones: TheStreet.com came up with three choices of its own. But be warned, they get increasingly strange...

Earlier today, InformationWeek SMB posted our take on SMB-oriented technology introductions at CES. Turns out we weren't the only ones: TheStreet.com came up with three choices of its own. But be warned, they get increasingly strange...So what did a finanicial news site like TheStreet.com think was important for small businesses at CES? In Jonathan Blum's article, he cites one of the same categories that Curtis Franklin did for InformationWeek SMB -- storage -- but then branches out into the wild blue yonder.

First up, Blum says the Rocstor Commander 2UE ruggedized and encrypted USB hard drive is "small-business-worthy" due to its "near-military-grade encrypted hard drives... without the bulk, tacky look or insane price." The device hasn't been priced yet, and should be available later this month.

(Franklin also had an interest in rugged storage, but was more intrigued by the ioSafe Solo, which the company blasted with fire, hosed down, and ran over with a giant tractor...)

Blum's second pick was the Sideline Inc. CINQ, companion monitor, which attaches to the side a laptop to add screen real estate. It's scheduled to cost about $250 when it ships n third quarter. (See pictures in Engadget, here.)

Think that's weird? Check out Blum's third selection: Volition Thought House's iMusic. It's "a line of sound-based concentration aids -- essentially tracks of music with subsonic frequency pulses mixed in." The idea, Blum says, is to "essentially reprogram your brain to significantly boost concentration and performance." And get this, "Volition has developed an interactive module that it claims will allow managers to target wasted mental effort in their businesses and turn a deeper profit."

Like Blum -- and most everyone else, I assume -- I'll believe it works when I hear it and notice the difference. But I have to admit, The Street managed to come up with a profoundly different list than all other other folks looking for SMB tech at CES.

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