Dec 18 2014
This year was an incredible year for technology. As the holidays rapidly approach, Avnet’s employees from around the world weighed in on their holiday tech wishes this year. With responses that range from retro to futuristic, there’s no denying our teams’ tech enthusiasm. Take note all you last-minute shoppers!
Rick Hamada, CEO
“Any app or gadget that could improve my golf game might be of interest.”
Darren Adams, vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Australia/NZ
“I like those digital picture frames. If someone could find a battery/portable one of those that I could take on tour with me when I travel that would be fantastic! I just bought a Sonos sound system and think that’s a very cool way to have the whole family listen to music of their choice.”
Jennifer Daake, vice president, Global HR Operations
“I actually received my holiday technology gift early – an upgrade of my phone from iPhone 4s to a 6! I wanted a larger screen because so many activities, both personal and professional, are now mobile.”
Mike McCoy, vice president, assistant general council
“As I have been good this year, I am hoping to get the GoPro Hero 4 with the Dive Bundle. I recently received my SCUBA license and I hope to go diving this spring. I would love to be able to record my dive and show my kids what I was able to do. Since I am not paying for it, I also would not complain if I received the Samsung 75-inch 4K TV so that I can watch my zombie shows and University of Arizona basketball in UltraHD. I behaved better this year so I am hoping Santa comes through!”
Sean Valcamp, director enterprise architecture and security services, Avnet Global Information Solutions
“This year I am hoping Santa brings the Internet of Things to my stocking. By this I mean sensors and specifically the 3Bays GSA PRO golf swing analyzer. This provides immediate feedback about my golf swing to my smartphone. Now if there was only a sensor that could fix my swing!”
Alan Chui, regional president, Avnet Electronics Marketing, Asia
“This year Google Glass has taken the top spot on my Holiday Tech Wish List. Although the new gadget is being peppered with many questions from technology experts and its huge base of Google fans, I am drawn by how intuitive the cool gadget is. I like the camera feature where I could take hands-free photos by using my voice to instruct Google Glass to capture images and then upload them on social media sites. As I travel a lot, the intuitive software also allows me to receive up-to-date information on flights, weather, traffic conditions, etc. And all this information just appears in the right corner of my vision!”
Rusty Murdaugh, vice president, financial planning and analysis
“I am hoping to receive a drone this year (or maybe next year). I think this technology is pretty cool and I would like to try this method of flying versus getting up in the air myself behind the controls.“
Steve Phillips, chief information officer
“This is a relatively low-tech retro holiday gift on my 2015 Holiday Gift wish! An Atari flashback with five classic games pre-loaded – Space Invaders®, Asteroids®, Battlezone®, Centipede®, Missile Command® and more. Looking at the box cover, I’m reminded of how those 80’s graphic designers seemed to be disconnected from the actual graphics capabilities of these early gaming consoles! Anyway, hopefully, if my children have listened to my copious hints, I’ll be playing Space Invaders with them over the holidays.”
Here’s wishing all your tech wishes come true!
Happy holidays from Avnet.
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