In the lap of luxury
Go to a product showcase called the “Luxury Technology Show,” and you’d expect to see a lot more bling for your buck. After all, if Downton Abbey has taught us nothing else, it’s that rich people like bedazzled devices, right? (This may not actually be the moral of Downton Abbey.)
But walking the aisles of this week’s Luxury Technology Show in Manhattan was a little light in the ostentation department. Sadly, luxury doesn’t mean sparkle. But it does include plenty of high-end gadgets from some of the world’s best-known companies. There were 4K TVs, scarlet McLaren models, and compact—not to mention expensive—household gadgets. We found a few devices that won’t break the bank, alongside a few that maybe only Bill Gates could afford.
A wallet fit for James Bond
The iWallet isn’t an Apple product, but it has a fingerprint sensor that unlocks your most precious possession. You might not have seen the iWallet around these parts, but a rep told us the wallet is super popular in Russia, where high-tech gadgets command a pretty penny. The Bluetooth-enabled wallet line starts at $269 for the slim aluminum version, while the larger carbon classic will run you $399. You can find iWallets online or on store shelves at Neiman Marcus. The company is working on wallet-tracking features—like Find My iPhone for your cash—and a biometric locking passport holder, which we think might be a bigger success.
Life of the party
Stelle Audio Couture’s $350 red snakeskin-printed clutch isn’t just any old bag. When you open the clasp, you’ll find no room to store your stuff, because the audio clutch transforms into a pair of Bluetooth speakers—like a dressed up Jambox. “Self, you don’t need a high-falutin’ Jambox,” you might be saying to yourself right now. That’s true. But at least you’d look really good if you had one.
Spin into oblivion
The $1995 Peloton bike isn’t for the sporadic exerciser. If you’re gonna drop almost two grand on a stationary bicycle with a tablet attached to it, you should probably use it daily—maybe even a few times a day to really get your money’s worth. In addition to the cost of the bike, you’ll need a one-year subscription to Peloton’s live spin classes, which will set you back another $39 each month. But you can spin your heart out with helpful instructions in the comfort of your cold, dark home. You can order your very own Peloton online or find the bike at finer malls in New York and New Jersey.
The classiest Breathalyzer on the block
When its time to check your blood alcohol content with a handheld device, you don’t want to look like any old commoner. No, you want the very best Breathalyzer money can buy. The $250 Aura Breathalyzer isn’t smart, doesn’t sync to an app, and has no fun games that you can pass around to your friends at parties. It’s just a sleek gadget to make BAC screening more stylish. So, um, let’s drink to that.
Commander in chief
Modern Work Environment Lab’s Emperor 1510 workstation will turn your humdrum tasks into the most futuristic pencil-pushing we’ve ever laid eyes on. It also costs almost $6000, but that’s a small price to pay for such an impressive office environment. However, the Emperor’s cost does not include monitors or computers, which gave us pause as we were reaching for our credit card. But these workstations aren’t designed for me and you—MWE Lab’s clients are companies in the medical, military, science, gaming, engineering, and technology industries. In other words, customers that can afford to supply their own monitors and computers.
Some expensive smoothies
Blendtec’s new designer blender isn’t even on the market yet: It’s launching in two weeks at the International Home and Housewares Show. But we got a sneak peak at the $680-or-so touchscreen blender that will take your protein shakes and nut butters to the next level. The blender’s blade is more like a hammer, smashing and pulverizing every ingredient until it’s smooth as silk. The square design features corners that prevent thick liquids from splashing up and over the rim. Mostly we love that it has no buttons, because cleaning a blender is already the worst—or so our servants tell us.
Writing it all down
The Bluetooth-enabled Equil smartpen transfers your half-baked cocktail napkin notes to your iPad—or other iOS, Mac, or Windows devices—using the company’s apps. It seems magical, but it’s highly technical: Attach a Bluetooth clip to your paper and with the help of infrared and ultrasound, your words will appear on the screen. The $149 pen syncs your writings to iCloud, Dropbox, and Evernote, and will be available for Android users in two weeks. It was one of the more practical‚and budget-friendly—devices we saw at the Luxury Tech Show.
An Android smartwatch that works with Apple
No, not that Android. This Android is a watchmaker that has no affiliation with the mobile OS of the same name, though the company does make $200 smartwatches. Its founder said his Bluetooth watches work with Android and iOS devices, plus the bands come in a range of vibrant colors. Android—again, not that Android—makes all kinds of watches, actually, including a gargantuan 1-pound watch we couldn’t imagine anyone wearing all day.