Holiday Gift Guide 2015 (for Tech Geeks) Pt 1: Electronics

Another year down, and some things never change. According to my family, I’m no easier to shop for this year. Because I have to help them figure out what to buy for me, I’ve jotted down my wish list, and in doing so, kicked off Aerohive’s second Annual holiday gift guide for technies. Last year we had a lot of fun with the Holiday Gift Guide (For Tech Geeks) 2014, and this year has been the same.

In this series of posts, you’ll find suggestions from The Hive for the perfect techie gift for Electronics, Entertainment, Toys, Commuter, Office, and Home.

Want to add to our list? Feel free to Tweet @Aerohive or reach out to me on Twitter.

(And for me, just answer the question, “What should I give one of America’s newest flight instructors?” I’d be really grateful if you could help me figure that one out.)

To kick things off, we focus on Electronics.

 

Gift idea: The Babbage Engine (fantasty gift)

Who wants it: Carol in Sales Operations

Why does she want it: Never mind that it weighs 5 tons, I’m sure we can find space in the living room for it. Only those with true techie hearts—like my son—will 1) know what it is, and 2) lust after it.

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Gift idea: Cloudbit

Who wants it: Lalit in Engineering

Why does he want it: Snap-together electronic components + cloud networking = awesome connected experiences for (and by) kids! Seems like the perfect gift for junior bees!

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Snap-together electronic components + cloud networking = awesome connected experiences for (and by) kids!

 

Seems like the perfect gift for junior bees!Snap-together electronic components + cloud networking = awesome connected experiences for (and by) kids!Seems like the perfect gift for junior bees!

 

Gift idea: LED Winter Beanie

Who wants it: Jenni in Marketing

Why does she want it: So I can see at night when I’m walking / running.

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Gift idea: ZeroLemon solar juice

Who wants it: Matthew in Technology Strategy

Why does he want it: This battery pack doesn’t need the wall to recharge. It charges with solar power.

 

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Gift idea: Olympus TG-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera

Who wants it: Alan in Technical Writing

Why does he want it: I already have a non-waterproof Olympus point-and-shoot camera with a small tripod for hiking, but I found that it is not waterproof and so is also not dustproof. While I like everything about it, especially quick stills and low-light shots, a waterproof one would have a lot lower maintenance cost when used in dusty environments.

 

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Gift idea: Glif from Studio Neat

Who wants it: Matthew in Technology Strategy

Why does he want it: It allows you to easily mount your iPhone to any standard tripod. It even fits the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

 

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Gift idea: Pencil by FiftyThree

Who wants it: Matthew in Technology Strategy

Why does he want it: This is a great stylus, but it may be replaced by the Apple Pen.

 

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Gift idea: Intel Compute Stick

Who wants it: Matthew in Technology Strategy

Why does he want it: It’s a tiny computer!

 

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Gift idea: Turtlecell

Who wants it: Kourtney in Sales

Why does she want it: I am always on the go. The one thing I always seem to misplace are my headphones. When I do, it makes my daily activities a struggle. With this case my headphones will always be with my phone! So whether I am working out, making calls during windshield time, or in my office I don’t have to panic digging around for my headphones. It’s the little things in life 🙂

 

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Gift idea: DxO ONE

Who wants this: Rupali in Engineering

Why does he want this: My DSLR gets great pictures but it’s not easy to always carry it around. My babies give the best expressions when I least expect it.. so it will be totally cool if I could turn my regular phone camera into a DSLR!

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Gift idea: Something that *doesn’t exist yet: The ultimate IoT Wearable

Who wants it: Robert in Design

Why does he want it: I want a discrete wearable that is hooked into the Internet of things such that it can cover all my near-field communication wish list items. Features would include Bio-authentication for buying things; Keyless entry into registered cars and houses; Keyless start of vehicles; Proximity awareness for home automation (lights, thermostat, tankless water heater, etc); Loyalty card membership; Event tickets; Public transit; Electronics unlocking; Multi factor authentication at ATMs, etc.

*We wish Robert luck in his search.

 

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Gift idea: IN1 for iPhone 6/6S 

Who wants it: Kimberly in Finance

Why does she want it: Stepping up the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to Bring Your Own Tool Chest (BYOTC). This is a phone case mult-tool that will still let you show off the gold iPhone you purchased while also letting you open your laptop to upgrade the memory after opening a beer bottle.

 

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To see the entire gift list, read these posts:

Holiday Gift Guide (for Tech Geeks) Pt 1: Electronics

Holiday Gift Guide (for Tech Geeks) Pt 2: Entertainment

Holiday Gift Guide (for Tech Geeks) Pt 3: Toys

Holiday Gift Guide (for Tech Geeks) Pt 4: Commuter

Holiday Gift Guide (for Tech Geeks) Pt 5: Office

Holiday Gift Guide (for Tech Geeks) Pt 6: Home

Matthew Gast is Director of Advanced Technology at Aerohive Networks. He currently serves as chair of both the Wi-Fi Alliance's security task groups, was the first chair of the Wireless Network Management Marketing task group, and is the past chair of the IEEE 802.11 revision task group. Matthew is also the author of 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly), which is now in its second edition and has been translated into six languages. His companion book, 802.11n book, 802.11n: A Survival Guide (O’Reilly), was recently published and provides information on how 802.11n works and what it means for the WLAN planning process. Most recently, Matthew completed 802.11ac: A Survival Guide (O'Reilly).

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