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7. Camtasia Studio (video screen capture software)

One of the most powerful software tools that I use regularly is Camtasia Studio, which allows me to record audio and capture video screen motions and edit them into digital videos. This is a great tool for demos and explaining how to navigate a particular web site or make use of a software product without having to go through the trouble of downloading and installing it.

Camtasia is one of numerous tools in this market, but it’s easy to use and has the right combination of features. The latest version, 7.1, offers support for new video and audio formats (including the iPad), and better captioning support, which makes them searchable. It costs $300.

12 innovative tech products

Camtasia Studio

8. Audacity (Audio editing software)

Audacity is a free open source digital audio editor that is available on Macs, Windows and Linux operating systems and was created by two college students in 1999. It makes creating digital audio as easy as creating word processing documents, with the same visual drag and drop editing.

While there are numerous audio editors, including some with more features, Audacity continues to strike a nice balance between ease of use and functionality for the casual podcaster.

12 innovative tech products

Audacity audio software

9. HP/Compaq blade servers (PC hardware)

The biggest innovation in PC hardware since the original IBM two-floppy drive 4 MHz PC is the blade server, which enables you to place an entire computer on a board inside a chassis.

Compaq, back before HP acquired them, was the first to make this affordable and popular, and now IBM and Dell have a variety of blades available for their data center customers. The chassis have modular parts for disk drives and power supplies to make them ultra-reliable. This technology allows for dense racks of computers to deliver a lot of horsepower in a small amount of space.

The latest innovation on blades comes from Facebook, which has designed its own server hardware for their data centers, which they call the Open Compute Project.

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Blade server technology

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