Holiday Gift Guide 2015 (For Tech Geeks) Pt 3: Toys

In this series of posts, you’ll find suggestions for the perfect techie gift for Electronics, Entertainment, Toys, Commuter, Office, and Home. In this installment we focus on Toys.

 

Who wants it: Alan in Technical Writing
Why does he want it: This is an erector set for the techie crowd. And who can resist the ‘SPACESHIP INTERFACE–design the control panel for your starship’ project?
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Who wants it: Alan in Technical Writing
Why does he want it: Something to play with during the holidays. This one might pull my kids away from their video games for a bit.
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Who wants it: Douglas in Sales
Why does he want it: High tech, yet retro – there is more wiring in a modern pinball machine than in an average family sedan. Complex code runs the rules, scoring, lights, sounds, etc. However, there is a real *tactile* feel to pinball that you don’t usually get in today’s high tech world. Plus, what better theme then the newest release, “Game of Thrones”? After all, winter is coming …
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Who wants it: Phil in Sales
Why does he want it: Come on, who wouldn’t want this Super high tech gizmo with a remote control! Used for fun and as well practical – Think of the great aerial shots you can capture, and even inspect your roof for leaks without getting out the ladder or binoculars.
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Gift idea: Sphero BB-8 
Who wants it: Jeff in Sales and Matthew in Technology Strategy
Why does he want it: This gift is the ultimate in geek giftdom. It combines cool technology and the epic of all Space Operas. Who DOESN’T want to control their own Star Wars droid from their tablet or smartphone. This is almost a requirement for every geek/nerd/techie out there this Christmas.
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Who wants it: Jeff in Sales
Why does he want it: Go old school and awesome all in one gift with a replica of DaVinci’s classic trebuchet. Allow your lovable geek to wage epic cubical war with this working scale model of a classic siege engine.
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Gift idea: Star Wars socks
Who wants it: Stathis, VP in Engineering
Why does he want it: With the new Star Wars movie out in a few weeks, all geeks are immersed in the Star Wars universe. To paraphrase Yoda “May the socks be with you”.
igh tech, yet retro – there is more wiring in a modern pinball machine than in an average family sedan.  Complex code runs the rules, scoring, lights, sounds, etc.  However, there is a real *tactile* feel to pinball that you don’t usually get in today’s high tech world.   Plus, what better theme then the newest release, “Game of Thrones”?  After all, winter is coming…  High tech, yet retro – there is more wiring in a modern pinball machine than in an average family sedan.  Complex code runs the rules, scoring, lights, sounds, etc.  However, there is a real *tactile* feel to pinball that you don’t usually get in today’s high tech world.   Plus, what better theme then the newest release, “Game of Thrones”?  After all, winter is coming…

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Gift idea: This ASW-27 Radio-Controlled Sailplane

Who wants it: Matthew

Why does he want it: … because I can’t afford a real ASW-27, which is an excellent ship but costs much more than $400. Like, at least $80,000.

 

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Gift idea: MA-1 Flight Jacket

Who wants it: Matthew in Product Management

Why does he want it: It’s perfect for the pilot in your life.

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Who wants it: Jeff in Sales
Why does he want it: This gift hits the engineering nerds and the chemistry nerds in one gift. Rock more classic siege engine cubical warfare with this working scale model and do with grown up versions of the spitball, the Braindrop. They can be dyed, soaked in soda, frozen, and reused. And the best part is that they expand up to 100 times in size when immersed in liquid! Becky in Accounting won’t even know what hit her!
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Who wants it: Alan in technical writing
Why does he want it: “THIS!” (see video)
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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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