Early adopters want technology that pushes the envelope. Gadget hounds want lots of features. If you pay for your digital playthings what others spend on a car, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have both.
These elite electronics let you play at the cutting edge with a deep bench of standard capabilities backing you up.
So, what are the gadgets you’re likely to see in the hands of the ‘one percent’? Read on for some high-end luxury gadgets.
Imagine a desktop computer set into a table that allows you to shift things onscreen around with your hands like you’ve seen on “Hawaii Five-0.”
Most makers are still in prototype; Samsung’s 40-inch, high-definition LCD panel that recognizes fingers, hands and other objects placed on the screen is the only one shipped to retail.
Price: $2 million
As soon as "Titanic" director James Cameron journeyed to the deepest part of the ocean in March, the race to get a personal submarine was on.
Luxury retailer Hammacher Schlemmer is ahead of this curve, with a 6,200-pound, single-passenger sub that descends to 1,000 feet, move at 3 knots and stay under for six hours. The price includes a comprehensive training program.
Vertu Signature Cell Phone
Also, like all Vertu phones, it comes with a concierge service that does everything from book travel to hard-to-score tickets. Think of this as a car with OnStar—without the car.
JVC DLA-RS60 Projector
Price: $1 million
Samsung Super OLED
First, there's the 55-inch screen itself — one of the largest OLEDs ever made, offering super bright pictures with less energy consumption. Now the clincher: Two people can watch different shows on it at the same time, crisply and without ghosting, with special glasses.
Pricing and availability will be announced later in the year.
Resolution Cantata Music Centre and Amp
The Cantata also answers the question: How much do you have to pay for an audio system to look as good as it sounds? Instead of the usual black rectangle, the Cantata’s case resembles ocean waves, and its large, stylish display has won it many fans.
The Epic-M, a favorite of Hollywood filmmakers, might be overkill for those who just want to film sunsets at the beach. It comes equipped with an incredibly fast solid-state storage, a 5-inch touchscreen monitor to screen your work, and shoots up to 96 frames per second, making slow-motion shots breathtaking.
Think a camera this good is too much of a splurge? Last year, “Avatar” director Cameron—yes, him again—bought 50.