8 Best Business Gadgets of the Year

Beam remote presence device
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2. Beam

I tested a Beam recently at a business expo and found the device to be extremely helpful. Tooling around the show floor from the comfort of my own office, I "met" with several tech companies and even had them show me demos. You control the robot using a Mac or Windows computer and it glides across the floor with a 17" LCD screen to display your image. The best part? The company says it will likely start renting them at trade shows--good thing because they cost $16,000 to buy.