Applied Ventures’ Holiday Wish List

As the holidays approach, the Applied Ventures team is busy updating their holiday wish lists with the latest high-tech toys. The sophistication of consumer technology is always trending up, but the items on this year’s list are truly phenomenal. Many seemed like something out of a science fiction book just a year or two ago (A 3D food printer? Reminds me of the replicators on Star Trek).

Many of the technologies behind the latest high-tech gadgets— powerful and power-efficient semiconductors or curved high-resolution displays— are made possible by advances in precision materials engineering (PME), Applied Materials’ core competency. PME refers to a combination of skills in precision films, materials modification and removal, and interface engineering that together enable us to solve the industry’s toughest challenges. Not only that, but we build our systems to perform day-after-day with exact precision to deliver unparalleled production volume capacity. We’re only beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible in consumer electronics when customers have access to advanced technologies that can be reliably mass produced.

Oculus Rift tops my holiday gadget wish list. I’ve been a gamer for almost 20 years and a big fan of legendary game designer, and now CTO at Oculus Rift, John Carmack. I asked my colleagues what “gadget” was at the top of their holiday wish lists and why? Their answers are compiled below.* Of course this is all for fun and is not meant to detract from the true spirit of the holidays, which is really about being thankful for what we have and wishing everyone around the world a peaceful, happy and healthy holiday season.  

  • GoPro Hero4  - “I think there’s so much more we can do with it. It’ll be the next even bigger thing!” - Om Nalamasu, CTO
  • Fly Nixie - “A personal drone you wear on your wrist? What could be cooler than that?” - Eileen Tanghal, General Manager, Applied Ventures
  • EOS M 400 Printer - “So I can print whatever I want on my wish list, and maybe even print my friends’ wish lists for them too!” - Rajesh Swaminathan, Associate Investment Manager
  • Dyson 360 Eye Robot - “I just bought a new home and will do anything to get some help with the cleaning.” - Taejoon Park, Senior Investment Associate
  • Kwikset Kevo - “Just had another baby, so anything that saves time and allows us to keep our hands free helps.” - Tony Chao, Investment Director
  • Flir One - “Ever since I saw Predator, I’ve been fascinated with thermal imaging.” - Robert Sweeney, Legal Counsel
  • Draganflyer Drone - “Saw one filming a commercial at the resort I stayed at during my last vacation, and I must have one.” - Phil Alden, IP Counsel
  • Foodini - “As a foodie and a technologist, this is a must have for me.” - Roopan Aulakh, Investment Analyst
  • Tesla Model S Dual Motor - “Not only is it a revolutionary electric car, it’s also a very cool and stylish luxury sedan.” - Heather Stalions, Finance Director

What’s on your holiday wish list?


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