iPhone case with Sapphires and Rubies for $100,000
A gold-plated computer inspired by the 16th century French King Louis XVI
Mercedes SL Interior Repurposed Into Office Furniture
There is automotive furniture and then there is Mercedes-Benz automotive furniture. The Stuttgart based luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz’s expertise in design and aesthetics goes beyond the realms of car interiors, which has been made obvious with its foray into the furniture business. The German automaker furniture line in collaboration the luxury furnishings company Formitalia launched at Milan furniture fair earlier this year, draws inspiration from the styling of Mercedes-Benz classic cars. The stellar collection featuring sofas, dining tables, home theater systems and beds crafted out of materials like aluminum, glass and wood used in automotive design was completely targeted at bringing the classic elegance to home aesthetics. And now the brand wants to appeal to the wealthy automotive fanatics like the Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista, whose Jardim Botanico mansion in Rio de Janeiro has a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren displayed as a showpiece. This time around, Mercedes has collaborated with South African designer Katie Thompson, known for her recycled furniture. The designer known for repurposing junk into treasure with her sophisticated styling and design expertise, has picked seven individual components of Mercedes-Benz SL to recreate furniture and furnishings for the office.
Hart Audio introduces world’s most expensive speakers at £3 Million
$2 million Dark Knight Themed Custom Home Theater
World's most expensive hard disk made of sapphire will last 1 million years
Seems like, now, one doesn’t need to worry about backing up the important data in one or the other storage mediums, as a team of scientists have created a sapphire disk drive, inside which the data is engraved with the use of platinum, and will survive for 1 million years. The project was actually born when nuclear waste repositories builders realized the serious need to preserve reliable records of what exactly they have buried and where, not for a few-years, but for tens of thousands of years. But, not everyone can afford it, as the prototype disk only costs $30,000, making it one of the most expensive hard disks.
Phillips Fidelio DS3880W
When was the last time you had your eyes tested? This may look like an Air Multiplier after a seven-day doughnut binge,but the DS 3880S pushes air around in avery different fashion. Rather than cooling you down, its aim is to fill the air up with music. Phillips calls it a SoundRing, which means it includes a central bass sound pipe and four drivers (two firing from the front and two from the side), all fed by a built-in 16W amp.
Where do you put your iPod? Adding a dock to the DS would spoil the look, so it relies entirely on Apple’s AirPlay trch to stream tunes via Wi-Fi from your iPod Touch,iPhone,iPad or computer’s iTunes library. A Fidelio app adds internet radio and a five-band equaliser. Non-Apple MP3 players aren’t completely ignored, but you’ll need to use a stone-age auxiliary input to get them involved.
Then you will like this bit, The base is not there just to stop the SoundRing rolling off the table like a runaway boulder in a Road Runner cartoon; it also acts as a neat, detachable power cradle for the ring’s built-inn rechargeable battery. Once fully juices it will give you 3 hours of untethered AirPlay tune time, or six hours if your source is plugged in via 3.5mm jack. Not bad for an overweight home appliance and that is certainly not all hot air.
The way things are going it will not be long before even Leo Sayer has his own range of headphones. Until that day,pedlar of bad Euro house David Guetta has joined Dr. Dre’s headphone harem. The 180 degrees swivelling ear cups make Mr Guetta’s Mixr cans ideal for DJs and apparently they will also go nice and loud without distorting, which should come in handy when your mix is turned up to 11, or for blocking out any exterior noise interruptions, it is upto you.
If putting on a pair of glasses to watch the telly is about as natural to you as wearing a wetsuit and flippers in bed, then Toshiba’s 55in ZL2 is the velvet onesie of 3D TVs. With a quad full HD lenticular screen beaming a different 1080p perspective to each eye (which your brain then assembles into a 3D image), the only lenses here are the ones built into the screen that adjust the picture for upto nine different sofa-bound gawpers at once. A face-tracking camera squeezed into the skinny bezel works out where everyone’s sitting, thus eliminating the 3D sweetspot normally found with glasses-free gadgets. Clever, eh?
BMW M Bike for human-powered speed
BMW’s M motors are known for their above average speed and handling, and this one, even though it’s peddle-powered, is no different. The M Bike boasts high-tech components, includding a matte anthracite frame, disc breaks, a Shimano SLX gear system, Manitou Match suspension fork on the front wheel (that stuff’s so advanced, even we don’t know what half of it does). It does sound speedy though.
Style is provided by a leather saddle with red inlay and red-accented rims with a matching handlebar. There’s no price just yet, but it’s bound to be expensive. That said, most M class vehicles are.
Bentley’s 150k multimedia package gives your wheels iPads
If a standard Bentley isn’t enough to satisfy your gadget lust then you may wish to consider putting down another US$250,000 on top of the Mulsanne’s US$350,000 base price in a package that promises all sorts of decadent extravagance.
The extra injection of cash will nab you a pair of iPads (with Bluetooth keyboards) that are skilfully integrated in to the rear tray tables as well as a 320GB Mac mini hidden away in the boot. A drop-down HD LED screen located in the roof lining should satisfy all entertainment requirements and the ability to control reading lights as well all audio and video sources via a custom-built app is a handy little touch.
An iPod dock is of course also included, slotted away in a rear console which boasts a fridge and a not-so-high-tech tissue box. If you’re in the market for a luxury ride then we suggest you start saving those pennies – we’ve already ordered a dozen. Let’s hope they don’t ask for a deposit…
The weighty, well-built Zeppelin has had a slight rejig, but it remains unmistakable. The original premium iPod dock is now one of the first AirPlay docks; you can stream music to it from an iThing, Mac or PC via iTunes, using your Wi-Fi network. Its USB input lets you sync your iOS device to iTunes from the dock, a video output will pipe its videos to a screen and a 3.5mm input hooks up other music players. The speaker is supplied with a fairly basic remote, but you can also your iDevice’s more detailed interface for full control of your music.
Sound qualitySwitching between a docked iPhone and an AirPlay device isn’t as slick as we’d like, but it works. There is a slight drop in audio quality with AirPlay compared to a docked portable, but either way you can expect a big, powerful sound with lashings of bass and voices that are natural and detailed. It goes loud without any hint of trouble.
Are you peddling useless robot pets again?
Not at all, this is a different breed of robot entirely. Animal-bots are being created left, right and centre in the labs of universities like Stanford, where this ceiling-clambering gecko robot StickyBotlll was built.
Robot gecko? Are you mad?
You’ll change your tune when the Shrewbot saves your life. It’s a superhuman robot developed at the University of Sheffield that has 18 whiskers to help distinguish between different surfaces. So when you find yourself in a burning, smoke-filled house, maybe a Shrewbot is exactly what you’ll want by your side.
Any more superhero robopets?
As a matter of fact, there is. The Delfly is a tiny piece of remote control tech – it has two pairs of flapping wings like a dragonfly plus a camera on board– pretty nifty for high octane recon expeditions. Like sending it out to see which of your housemates is scoffing all your snacks at night. Then again, these animal-bots aren’t likely to hit Christmas shelves until, say, 2030 so best to settle any biscuit disputes the old-fashioned way for now.
Agility Saietta R
AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY SUPERBIKE
US $2,000 www.saietta.com
So you want to buy a motorbike? You’ve got two options; get a petrol-powered hog that pumps out enough toxic fumes to suffocate a penguin at 200 paces, or give in and pick something so dreary and inoffensive it might as well run on hummus.
Well those were your options until Agility unveiled the gorgeous Saietta. It’s Judge Dredd-meets-Tron design means it’ll turn as many heads as a snarling Harley (even if the hump does make it look a little like a robotic camel), while its electric motor packs enough punch to hit 60mph in 4 seconds without making a polar bear homeless. Factor in the 100-mile range and suddenly the choice is easy. Mind that Penguin when you’re pulling out of the driveway won’t you?
Mug That stirs Your Drink and the touch of a button
It’s called the Self Stirring Lazy Mug and was created by Plain Lazy to hold your tea, coffee, hot chocolate or other mixed drink, and by pressing the special button on the handle it starts to stir your drink. This means you won’t need a spoon to stir drinks manually and I bet this would soon become your favorite mug.
These would make great promotional mugs for your business or event I would think!
Some recommend it for coffee, but I’d say it’s not a good idea if you make your coffee in a coffee pot, because it’s not pleasant to feel the coffee remains in your mouth. It could work though if you use a coffee filter.
The mug powers from batteries and keeps your drink warm for a long period of time. It measures 9 x 11 x 11 cm at 0.2Kg.
Get it at www.gadgetshop.com for EUR 9.99
Self Defence Sunglass
Following Japan Self Defense Force SunGlasses is officially endorsed by the Japanese military due to their keen ability to withstand gratuitous amounts of force. The lenses will not shatter if struck with an object traveling at the speed of 106mph! Get at amazon.com for US $10.99
World's first bomb-proof Wall Paper
A partnership between Berry Plastics and the US Army Corp of Engineers has results in the development of the world’s first bombproof wallpaper. Designed out of Kevlar-tye sheets that can be applied to the walls of a room in under an hour, X-Flex is capable of protecting structures from blast damage. X-Flex is being considered for use in military bases, national airports and chemical plants as a method to protect both civilian and military personnel. Check it out at www.popSci.com
Magic Wand Remote
Turn TV watching into an experience with the Magic Wand Remote Control. “Teach” the wand up to 13 commands from your old remote and then bin it because from now on, you can be Wizard and commander of your own multimedia empire…ah hem, I mean the TV. Although you can teach it commands from any other infra-red device too including your Sky box or stereo.
The Magic Wand Remote requires only magicians’ moves to seamlessly change channels, up the volume or record your favourite programme. And the best thing is that you can decide which moves are which so that your wand can only be hijacked by those you entrust the moves to.
The wand will even vibrate to let you know when it recognises a command and when it’s running out of batteries. It will also turn itself off after being inactive for 60 seconds and then wake up as soon as you pick it up again.
The ideal christmas present, if you think so!
Mind Controlled Honda Asimo
The Honda research institute recently produced an incredible Asimo demo (fortunately without stairs) showing a scientist wearing a mind control helmet determining our favorite humanoid’s actions through though alone. Now, Asimo, reach for the cookie jar.
Due winter – www.b-bridge.com
Less mind control and more brain training, this painfully chic sun visor measures your concentration levels while you play sport and beams them via Bluetooth to brain athlete software. Study the graph and find out when you need to curb thoughts about pizza and sofa time.
Sphira: Warriour’s Dawn
Due summer – www.gameforge.com
This international version of the Chinese fantasy MMORPG Warrior King will be the first such game to work with mind control headsets. Precise details are vague right now, but using a MindWave headset will apparently unlock special abilities for your character.
Mattel Mindflex Duel
Due Summer – www.mindflexgames.com
Mattel’s original, one-player Force Trainer had you to regulate the power of a small fan with your concentration to raise a foam ball as high as possible. This two-player sequel lets you and a rival, presumably from the Dark Side, duke it out.
Renard the Estonian manufacturer has come up with a limited edition carbon fibre motorbike named Renard GT (Grand Tourer.) The lightweight aircraft aluminium components reduced rotational masses and low centre of gravity mean that every Renard GT rider will enjoy total control in every manoeuvre.
Its’ Quattrovalvole Moto Guzzi V- Twin engine (would like to know who named it) powers the machine to a top speed of 250kph. Buckle up, if you can! You will have to part with US $96,000 for this masterpiece.
CHEVROLET CAMARO CONVERTIBLE: NEIMAN MARCUS EXCLUSIVE
The Chevrolet Camaro has had a luxury convertible makeover: the Neiman Marcus exclusive edition of just 100. The top of the line 2SS (Super Sport) has a ferocious 6.2litre V8 engine and the purchasers choice of a 426hp six speed manual or 400hp six-speed automatic transmission.
It also features 21-inch polished aluminium wheels, tyres wrapped in ultra high performance Pirelli P-Zero, Bluetooth connectivity, rear parking assist and a throbbing 245-watt Boston Acoustics Sound System. Rich kids will get it for US $75,000 and any other “wannabe”
WANT A ROBOT? IT IS FOR REAL
Ever heard of the Aldebaran Robotics Nao Humanoid Robot Academic Edition V3 Plus? I did not come up with that name by the way but here is what guys at Aldebaran robotics said they had ticked on a check list concerning its attributes.
Establish a secure connection to the internet to download and broadcast content? Check. Speakers and Microphones to play Music? Check. Voice recognition that locates where the sound is coming from, so that ‘bot can turn its head towards the sound? Check. Oh yes, there is also a vision system allowing it to capture and send photos , video streams, recognize colored objects, detect and recognize faces, and communicate with the PC or the web. Pick yours up for US $17,000. I am sure you won’t mind an extra intellect in the family!
LENOVO WITH A NEW WIZ
The Idea Centre Q150 Mini Desktop/Net Top is about the size of a novel, super quiet and will fit anywhere you need an extra PC – table, living room, or even the kitchen counter. It even comes with a bracket to attach to the back of your monitor to create a mini-all-in-one PC. Upto 500GB hard drive and up to 2GB DDR3 memory. I heard it is going at an affordable US $399...key word "heard"
DRAGON DICTATION FOR IPHONE
Dragon dictation is an easy to use voice recognition application that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. It is upto five times faster than typing on the keyboard. Version 2.0.0 includes multilingual support and the ability to paste text directly to the iPhone sms client and submit text to Twitter and Facebook. What!
It’s free on Itunes (On my way to get myself one of these Iphones, too tired of typing)
Defining itself as a biofresh freshness centre the CBNES 6256 BioFresh Freshness Centre won the 2010 red dot award for product design and best of the best. It is divided into three different climate zones at precisely selected temperatures, keeping food fresh for longer so it doesn’t lose flavor over time. It also features the Magic Eye touch control panel. It goes for US $5,400, no judgment passed.
GOLFING IN STYLE
Play golf side-by-side with your foursome instead of splitting up into two carts. The Segway X2 Golf includes a bag carrier and scorecard holder and has a maximum speed of 12.5mph (20kph)
and a range of upto 14miles (22.5km) or 36 holes. Turf friendly tyres allow you to travel on the grass and off the cart path for a faster game and increased height offers the best perspective on the greens. Golfers have to part away with us $7,800 for this luxury toy.
SPEED ON WATER
The top-of-the-range Sea-Doo RXT-X 260 model redefines performance with a 260-hp engine, and the best power to weight ratio among three-seaters. It has unbelievable iControl features like a stepped S3 hull that keeps you glued to the water and intelligent Brake and Reverse (iBR), the first on-water braking system for an added level of control. Not to mention X-Steering with advanced ergonomic steering – featuring adjustable handlebar width and grip angle – for a fully customized ride. Now that is pimping. Did not manage to get a price for it, I guess you have to order it first, (smiles)
ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE RELOADED
Have you heard about the Outlander Max 800R EFI LTD? Well it is an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and one of the most sought –after models of the new breed of two passenger ATV’s. This ATV has significant improvements over the old model such as a new Air Control Suspension (ACS) with a compressor at the rear, new dual-mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS), cast aluminium wheels with aggressive tread 26-inch Carlisle ACT radial tyres, and Garmin nuvi 500 touch screen GPS. Yeah all that was fitted on an ATV and it goes only for US $ 13,649. Want one?
FIAT HAS A NEW FAST KIDThe special,limited and numbered series, the Fiat 500 Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari (why do these items have long names?) offers a Ferrari-style steering wheel, leather finished bucket seats and paddle shifts to go with its’ Abarth Competizione gearbox which features manual and automatic modes. The car uses the same 1.4 litre engine as the standard Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse hot hatch, but it now develops a 180bhp. Price tag us $47,000