What geeks want for the holidays: Wearable tech, Xbox One, drones, and jetpacks

OK, it’s Christmas Eve. Have you found gifts for the geeks on your list? This might help.

We brought out our camera and microphone at the recent GeekWire Gala in Seattle to revive our popular “Geek on the Street” feature — asking attendees a variety of questions, including which tech-related gift they’d most like to receive for the holidays. The result was an interesting snapshot of tech trends and geek interests as the industry prepares to put a bow on 2013.

When it came to game consoles, the Xbox One dominated our limited sample of GeekWire Gala attendees, revealing some hometown loyalty for Microsoft’s living room machine. But other answers surprised us — including drones, and even a jetpack.

Continue reading for the answers, and watch the video above for highlights.

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GeekWire’s Taylor Soper with Matt Shobe

Matt Shobe: I guess it would be an Iris Drone from 3D Robotics. Because drones are now “the thing,” and they’re one of the ones working on the most interesting stuff that I’ve seen. I don’t know what I would do with it, but it’s just like any other platform, a lot of fun experimentation to be had.

I’ve been paying attention to that space for a while, and it’s interesting now, after the big Amazon announcement, the conversation has shifted from being things that go blow stuff up or go peep in your bedroom window to, “Oh, that’s going to send me a latte when I’m sitting in the park? Sweet!”

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GeekWire’s Todd Bishop with Kishari Sing

Kishari Sing, Zombie-Based Learning: Jetpack. I’m originally from L.A. and traffic sucks. I like flying, and the air is so clear here, you’d be able to see so much more of Seattle if you were in a jetpack.

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Jennie Mutch and Daniel Mutch

Jenny Mutch: The new Xbox One.

Daniel Mutch: Probably a new iPad for me. … I should probably say we’re really interested in having our genomes mapped from 23andMe. I don’t know if that’s a tech gift or not, but we think it would be awesome. … My wife Jenny understands a lot about medicine. If you can turn the microscope inside and see what’s going on, and maybe make some predictions down the road, that’s really awesome.

(Note: For now, 23andMe has suspended its health-related genetic tests pending an FDA review.)

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Rachel Lanham and Rebecca Norlander of Health123

Rebecca Norlander, Health123: I think I would choose one of the new wearables, maybe the Basis watch, or the new Jawbone redesign. … I don’t know if they’re the next big thing, because I think most of it will actually migrate to your phone over time, but they’re fun to play around with right now. I’m kind of bummed that watches have gone out of vogue, because everybody just uses their phone as a timepiece. Maybe there will be a watch that will do a little bit more, and be a little bit different, and will be a fashion statement.

Rachel Lanham, Health123: I have two little kids, and they want an Xbox for our cabin. I’ll put that on my list, so we can all do that together.

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Alex Dorn and the First Tech Federal Credit Union crew.

Alex Dorn, First Tech Federal Credit Union: Xbox One. … Microsoft is in our backyard.

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Jonathan Sposato with GeekWire’s Taylor Soper.

Jonathan Sposato, GeekWire and PicMonkey: I read on GeekWire about this fabulous watch that you were wearing and testing out (the Samsung Galaxy Gear). I want one of those. But I want it in red to go with my jacket.

Mike and Ellie Kemery.

Mike and Ellie Kemery of Makerhaus

Ellie Kemery, Makerhaus: Personally I’m all about wearable technology right now, and I would love to have a FuelBand. I’m a runner. I’m pretty competitive, too, and a lot of my friends are athletes, so it would be pretty good to get one of those.

Mike Kemery, Makerhaus: I’m in the market for a digital scanner. Something handheld, something mid-price-point, entry level, something that could scan large objects, small objects, to expand the offering at the office.

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Peter Lewis, DoubleDown Interactive

Peter Lewis, DoubleDown Interactive: Probably the Xbox One. I’m an Xbox guy. If I could have both (Xbox One and PS4) I would take both. If I had to make a choice of the first one to get, I’d start with (Xbox One.)

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Mike McSherry

Mike McSherry, Nuance/Swype: I have so many gadgets, I’d rather give some to people that are in need of them, more so than myself. Certainly if tablets could be distributed it would be beneficial, or smartphones. We all live in gadgets, overabundance. We all have too many Kindles, too many tablets and phones, and I think there could be greater breadth of distribution.

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Kevin Lisota

Kevin Lisota, Findwell: I’m going to go with the Xbox One this year. I’m kind of a big Media Center fan, and I’ve always liked the integration between Xbox and Media Center, and I use that as my DVR, so I’m sure there’s some great upgrades there that will be good to have.

(Note: Sorry, Kevin, but you might be disappointed!)

So what’s on your list? Let us know in the comments below. Happy holidays, everyone. Thanks for joining us at GeekWire events over the past year, and see you in 2014!

  • s3ltzer

    I purchased a PS4 with *my own money*. I received an XBox One as a gift. This article seems biased towards MSFT.

    • tito

      But it only showed what people wanted, I think you’re a little butthurt that people actually want a Xbox 1. Who wouldn’t want one, it’s a gaming console and home entertainment.

      • s3ltzer

        Like I said, I own both, no reason to be butthurt. The interviews were probably conducted around an MSFT promo booth. Fact of the matter is that the PS4 is in higher demand than the XBone, and not having one individual mention it, seems odds. Were these interviews conducted around Redmond, WA?