17 Extremely (Cool) Expensive Gadgets (in Off-topic)


smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] September 7 2008 4:38 AM EDT




Triton 1000 Luxury Submersible - $1,690,000
The Triton 1000 is U.S. Submarines’ latest light weight, minimum volume 2-person configuration engineered specifically for deployment from megayachts. With an overall height of 1.8 meters and an overall length of only 3.0 meters the Triton will fit on many mid-level boat decks, and at 3.3 tons it can often be launched with existing davit systems. In addition to its megayacht-friendly features, the Triton design provides for excellent visibility and high levels of comfort with luxury leather seating and full air conditioning for your rich and cultured tastes. Although the Triton has been designed to be easy to pilot, with intuitive joystick controls and a computer based monitoring system, U.S. Submarine still provides piloting and maintenance training at no additional cost making this multi-million dollar purchase truly worth-it!


The Flying 19XRW Hoverwing Hovercraft - $5,200
Bored of living the high-life? Then take your cronies along for the ride in this truly unique machine. The UH-19XRW Hoverwing from Universal Hovercraft is a unique hovercraft with wings that allow it to fly up to an altitude of six feet above the earth’s surface. This “ground-effect” enables you to clear obstacles and fly over rough water for a smooth and enjoyable ride. Operating in ground-effect does not require a pilotᄀᆵs license, and the craft is normally registered as a boat in most areas. With it’s wings removed, the Hoverwing is a sleek, high performance hovercraft, able to carry 4 to 6 passengers into brand new areas that canᄀᆵt be reached with any other vehicle. The Hoverwing can be configured in many different ways to accommodate passengers or equipment needs.


Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana’s Rocket-Belts - $250,000
These real-life working Rocket Belts are from Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana. And with some impressive moolah, you could be soaring the skies in your very own, custom built Rocket Belt at more than 10 miles an hour. These James Bond looking devices aren’t new, they’re an old idea from the 1960s during which the US Military was looking for ways in which a man or woman could safely cross rivers and ravines quickly. Once you’ve plonked down $250,000 for one of these “kerjiggers”, the company will provide you with a fully-tested, custom-made flying rocket belt, a special machine to make our own unlimited supply of rocket fuel, hands-on training in the process and the equipment, flight training of 10 flights in your own rocket belt, maintenance and setup training, and 24/7 expert support. Sounds like a good deal for the adventurous millionaire, and a sure fire way to make even more money by running your own Rocket Man shows!


The Hovering “Lounger” Lounge Chair by HoverIT - $13,366
This hovering wonder looks like it came straight off a scene of Star Trek but is instead part of HoverIT’s latest range of levitating furniture. This lounge chair uses four extremely powerful permanent magnets to levitate itself above the ground. As you can see, it is made of toughened acrylic that you can place cushions and other niceties to make your lounging experience even more comfortable. HoverIT also claims that the magnetic fields produced by this levitating lounge chair can also soothe headaches and ease muscle and joint pain. Caster wheels are built into the unit to allow you to move it to any desired location.


Luvaglio’s First Luxury Notebook - $1,000,000
UK-based bespoke luxury goods Game-Guide-Polo creator Luvaglio has created the first million dollar laptop. It incorporates a 17″ widescreen LED backlit screen, 128GB SSD and a slot loading Blue-Ray drive. A very rare coloured diamond piece of jewellery doubles up as the power button when placed into the laptop and also acts as security identification. Luvaglio’s initial clients will be chosen for selection as they have already established trust with them. Clients will be able to design their own laptop by visiting Luvaglio’s showrooms at two or three well known upmarket stores, whereby their selection of materials, finishes and accessories will be available to view and a choice selected.


Panasonic 103 inch PDP Widescreen - $70,000
The Panasonic 103″ PDP offers a 16-bit widescreen progressive display featuring full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution, a contrast ratio of 5,000:1, and 4,096 equivalent steps of colour gradation. The 2 Mega Pixel resolution is comparable in size to four 50″ Panasonic plasma displays. New image-enhancing technologies reproduce crisp, film-like motion images at 1920 x 1080 pixels. The Real Black Creation color-enhancing feature produces high-contrast and rich, deep blacks. A Contrast Management system that optimizes the contrast for each individual portion of the image displayed and a high-precision Motion Pattern Noise Reduction circuit adjusts the image to optimize picture quality by detecting motion patterns that generate noise.


DI Vapor’s Cosmo TV Luxury Tub - $7,000
Di Vaporᄀᆵs Cosmo B-DV003 TV bathtub sports a 17ᄀå waterproof LCD and remote control with video input to connect a DVD player, TV, etc. Itᄀᆵs also has a touch sensitive control Panel, Timed Auto Shut-off function for Jets, 7 Hydro massage jets, 9 bubble jets, 6 back massage jets, Adjustable Water Jets, Underwater Light, Fully Programmable FM radio with Memory Function, a Hand shower, a Water Level Sensor, a Single Padded Head Rest and “breathe!” a RCD (Residual Current Device) for Safety. Phew!



Venturi Fetish Sports Electric Vehicle - $660,000
This mean looking machine is the Venturi Fᄄᆭtish. The world’s first production two-seater electric sports car that is produced by Venturi in Monaco. The car’s acceleration is comparable to a normal internal combustion engined sports car, producing approximately 250 horsepower, with a 0-100 km/h time of under 5 seconds. Its top speed is 160 km/h, which is respectable considering that it only has one gear. One other particular attraction of the car is that due to the electric traction motor, the full 220 Nm torque is available at all motor speeds including from a dead stop. It has range of 250 km and uses lithium ion accumulators, offering a complete recharge in 1 hour or in 3 hours with a standard grid thanks to its onboard charger. As an added bonus, each Venturi Fetish comes with WiMax connectivity.


Sooloos Sound System - $12,000
The Sooloos Sound System actually consists of a range of storage, audio and control products. The picture above feature’s the Sooloos “Control:One” Touchscreen panel that lets you select songs to play on your Sooloos Sound System. To store songs imported into Sooloos from your CDs or PC, you’ll have to purchase the “Twinstore”, a liquid cooled and ultra quiet 1 Terabyte mirrored RAID storage system. Playback of music is achieved via “sources” which are basically digital-analog converters that allow the system to interact with analog speaker systems such as your Infinite Wisdom Grande speaker set. Sources can be installed anywhere you need your music played. The Sooloos System can also be controlled via a PC, iPhone or even your web browser. You can order a system with all your music preloaded inside, and if you wish to purchase more CDs through Sooloos, they will send you your CDs plus a specially-encoded disc that allows your new music to be downloaded into your Sooloos system in a matter of minutes.


The Dry Water Massager - $29,500
This… Dry Water Massager used to be a spa staple of five-star resorts. However, if you’ve got a lot of spare cash lying around things could be different now… The 28 nozzles inside the canopy emulate a shiatsu style massage throughout your body. An aroma diffuser also compliments the full service massage experience with essential oils to soothe and relax. And if all that wasn’t enough, the opening inside the face rest lets you view an integrated 7 inch LCD and DVD player as well as providing iPod connectivity which you can listen to via the included Bose headphones.


The Ferguson Hill Horn Speaker System w/ Subwoofer - $17,581
These horned shaped loudspeakers are produced by Fergusen Hill and operate from 150Hz - 20KHz, with no crossover. They reproduce music with a high level of clarity, detail and dynamics. The horn design makes them highly efficient, needing just 5 watts to go loud. This allows their use with relatively low powered amplifiers further increasing the level of clarity obtainable. Recommended amplifier power is 3 to 50 watts. They are ideally suited to low power valve amps, and also work well with high quality transistor amps. Fergusen Hill provides demonstrations with your choice of amp.


Power-Assisted Suitcase - $1,365
British luxury bag-maker LiveLuggage has given the suitcase a makeover with its unique power-assisted suitcase ᄄC a suitcase that does the work for you. It draws it power from an internal rechargeable battery that you will need to plug into the wall to juice up before a big trip. But once on the go, its creators claim it should be good for about two hours of usage, or a full 1.75 miles. And if that terrain includes downhills, the suitcase will not only shut down its motors to conserve energy, it will recharge it with the same type of regenerative braking system found in hybrid cars. Unfortunately, they have yet to invent a Power-SUIT for those absolutely lazy people…now that would be something!


1 Teraflop SuperComputer for the Rich and Famous - $27,220
HighImpactPC provides extreme computer solutions for your home or office. They have a PS3 Supercomputer cluster, theoretically capable of 1 Teraflop of performance power for $27,200. They also have extreme gaming computers if you do not need as much power. A system with 8GB of RAM, 2x 1GB Nvidia GeForce Graphics cards, 1.5 Terabytes of storage with a dual 25″ monitor setup for $7,580. They build custom computers for the rich and famous.


Icon A5 Personal Aircraft - $139,000
The graceful dragonfly pictured above is an ICON A5, a two-seat sport airplane aimed at the masses. Designed for ease of piloting, the lightweight personal aircraft is amphibious with retractable landing gear for flying off land and water alike. The A5 features a carbon fiber airframe, a 100-hp/120-mph Rotax 912 ULS engine (that runs on both auto and aviation gas), and folding wings that allow it to be stored at home and towed on the highway with a trailer. The A5 comes with a plethora of safety features. Included are a propeller guard, wing angle of attack indicator, and a huge, built-in parachute that helps the entire plane come down a little easier in an emergency. It will be available by 2010 at a cost of $139,000. So just keep rolling your money around for a little longer…


Solo Solar Table - $14,000
This hightech table top is the SOLo Lounge Table created by iF. It combines the functionality of an eco-friendly solar panel with minimalist modern design that befits the tag of the ideal lounge table. Using Bluetooth technology, SOLo collects distributes and exhibits information on the tabletop LCD display as well as between computers and on the internet via a wireless connection. This Green Appliance also lets you charge your PMPs and laptops via three USB ports as the silicon cells embedded in its glass surface of the table collect and convert solar energy into 17+ kilowatts of clean, green electricity. In the evening, the internal LED lights of the table provide an intimate glow that makes this lounge table a truly high end furnishing.


The Infinite Wisdom Grande Speaker System - $70,000
Grand…Grander….Oh! Ho! Ho! Ho! GRANDE! The Infinite Wisdom Grande is unlike any other system ever produced, it was conceived for environments too large for other systems, including multi-level rooms in the largest homes and palaces, great halls and ballrooms. (Did Saddam Hussein have a few of these?) It achieves high sound pressure levels in excess of 120 dB in an effortless manner with unequaled refinement. At levels below 110 dB, each transducer is operating at a fraction of their potential and, consequently, within their lowest distortion range. This contributes to the extraordinary detail, clarity, absence of dynamic compression, natural timbre reproduction. This absolutely awesome system offers a unique solution for those discerning music lovers with large-scale environments unsuitable for lesser systems.


Terra Wind Amphibious RV - $850,000
Now the problem is…with so many wonderful gadgets, how is one to bring all of them on a lovely summer vacation? The answer? The Terra Wind Amphibious RV! This custom built RV is decked out with more luxuries internally than most people have in their homes. Apart from allowing you to take your life’s possessions wherever you travel, this Amphibious RV lets you avoid traffic and even the cops by allowing you to take a more aquatic route. We expect that rich James-Bond types will buy this truly unique behemoth of a vehicle. (Gun turrets, radar and missile launchers not included)

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smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] September 7 2008 4:45 AM EDT

If anybody has one of these, please let us know. And I'll be sure to pay a visit one weekend, =)

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] September 7 2008 10:17 AM EDT

Can an admin edit the title to read: "17 Extremely (Cool) Expensive Gadgets" Thanks!

QBOddBird September 7 2008 11:05 AM EDT

Wow, these are pretty spiffy...

I don't see why anyone would get a million dollar laptop, though. It would just be obsolete the following year, and they'd have to throw down another million. ;)

.. September 7 2008 11:12 AM EDT

I thought the massager was a stapler.

Eliteofdelete [Battle Royale] September 7 2008 4:42 PM EDT

A lot of those are awesome but the car sucks. Tesla's car is so much better and cheaper. http://www.teslamotors.com/

INDColtsFan18 September 8 2008 7:17 PM EDT

Yes the Tesla Roadster is much much better and is about a 6th of the price.

I want that 2 person plane.
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