See how the one percent lives, one $65,000 LED bed at a time
New York's Luxury Technology Show is a collection of frivolous devices that are extra-expensive, just because they can be.
LightSim LED Bed
LightSim says it's the first LED Bed with over-the-counter FDA clearance to "temporarily relieve muscle, joint, and arthritic pain and increase local blood circulation." That's worth the price, right Bridget?
Pangea's marketing pitch for its copper-infused bed is "A luxurious copper mattress at an affordable price." It was comfortable -- and relatively reasonable at $1,100 (about £880 or AU$1,400) for the king size mattress.
The Pangea bed with a little lighting to set the mood.
Rapael Smart Glove
Neoefect's Rapael Smart Glove may look a little like the NES Power Glove, but it's really a medical device that's an "active finger and hand rehabilitation solution." We wrote a story about the Rapael at CES 2017.
The Rapael has been approved by both the US and South Korean Food and Drug Administration. It is offered in two versions: one for clinics and one for home use. The home version is available to rent monthly for $99, which converts to about £80 or AU$135.
Ono smartphone 3D printer
The Ono is a compact $99 3D printer that lets you print stuff from your phone. The price converts to about £80 or AU$130.
You can easily share 3D designs with friends.
Here's some samples of its output. The resins aren't so cheap: It's about $15 (£10 or AU$20), which allows you to make a handful of objects.
Tidal Force Wave 5 planar magnetic headphone
Tidal Force has been diligently preparing its new Wave 5 planar magnetic headphone for its April launch. Previously high-end planar magnetic headphones have cost upwards of $1,000, but we're seeing more "affordable" models lately and the Wave 5 carries a $300 list price. International pricing isn't available, but it's about £240 or AU$390.
Since it's an open-back headphone, you really need to test it in a quiet room -- which I couldn't do -- so I can't tell you how good it sounded.
Lomography defines itself as "a globally active organization dedicated to analog, experimental and creative photography." Yes, you heard right, analog, not digital, which means real film. It sells a host of advanced "toy" cameras, with the highest end model going for around $250. That's about £200 or AU$325.
More Lomographic cameras
The full assortment of Lomographic cameras on display: The Supersampler, Lubitel 166+, Horizon cameras, Fisheye Cameras, Diana F+, Diana Mini, Spinner 360°, Sprocket Rocket, LC-Wide, La Sardina, LomoKino, Belair X 6-12, Konstruktor, LC-A 120 and Lomo'Instant.
A new higher-end model with a glass lens is arriving soon.
This $40 beer growler is pretty manly. The price converts to about £30 or AU$50.
Tap a backpack
Mancans on the go.
Drink in that sound
Due out soon, the Echobox Explorer ($600 or about £480 or AU$780) is a high-resolution audio player that looks like a flask.
Echobox Explorer up close
Wood you buy one?
LumiDiet abdominal manager belt
LumiDiet, which allegedly helps shrink your waist line, has apparently been a big hit in Korea. It's not available in the US yet, though you can get it on Amazon for a $1,000.
Apparently, it uses uses LFR (Light Fat Reduction) technology with 188 LEDs and vibration function to trim that fat. One of the reps told me it would be coming to US and cost around $500. That's about £400 or AU$650.
Before and after
LumiDiet testimonial photos. Of course, it's hard to confirm whether the device actually works without using it.
LumiDiet from another angle
I'm not sure you can wear it around all the time, but it does give you a high-tech look. Shame it isn't also a step tracker.
Several high-end headphones were on the floor, including Hifiman's. Pictured is the $3,000 HE1000 V2. International pricing isn't available, but that converts to about £2,400 or AU$4,000.
Every luxury show has boutique tequila distributed by lanky servers who get photobombed by the bartender.
Turing liquid-metal phone
The original Turing Phone is made with liquid-metal and billed as being stronger than titanium and steel -- and extra secure against hackers. The first Turing runs the Sailfish OS and cost $610 (about £490 or AU$790) for the 16GB version. The next version, coming later this year, will run Android.
Don't worry, you won't have to wear a spiked leather glove to use the phone, but it is a good look if you can pull it off.
Sirin Labs Android phone
Perhaps you've heard of Sirin Labs. It's the company that makes insanely expensive Android phones that cost around $15,000. That's a lot of green. International pricing isn't available, but it converts to about £12,000 or AU$19,600.
Zeeq smart pillow
Everything can be smart these days, even pillows. Meet the Zeeq, the $300 pillow that tells you how loud you snore. Its price converts to about £240 or AU$390.
There was only one electric bike and it was Swiss -- the Stromer ST2. And you'll need a Swiss bank account to afford this ride. It's $10,000 or about £8,000 or AU$13,000.
We've seen BMWs and Maseratis at other luxury shows. The Tesla Model X starts at $75,000, £84,000 or AU$122,000.
You couldn't test drive the Tesla, but you could sit in it.
This gin isn't battery powered but it does make you feel better about overspending on electronics.
Vifa portable wireless speakers
Danish company Vifa was on hand with its Nordic wireless speaker line. These look like handbags and start from 399 euros. That's around $450, £346 or AU$566.
This one...maybe a lunchbox? It's 499 euros, which is about $550, £430 or AU$708.
Vinci headphones up close
The Vinci has music streaming services built in.
Crestron, which caters to a high-end clientele, is a staple at these luxury shows.
What's a luxury show without at least one set of totally wireless earphones. Sol Republic was there with its Amps Air. They cost $150, £150 or about AU$240 converted.
Random VR stuff
No luxury show is complete without a few random VR stations.
Samsung or Apple wasn't at the show, but BlackBerry was.
Mikevision Sandfox smartwatch phone
Mikevision didn't have a table at the show but one of its reps who was roaming the show floor saw my CNET name tag and approached me with this Sandfox smartwatch. The company, which wants to bring stuff you see in sci-fi flicks to life, says its the first watch controlled by natural speech recognition, as well as the first "independent smartwatch not needing a connected phone." It'll cost around $600 when it ships. International pricing isn't available, but that's about £480 or AU$780.
The dialing interface for the Sandfox.
WaveRunner audio system
This WaveRunner's audio system alone costs around $5,000.
Mobilize Rescue System
If you're looking for a high-end first aid system, this is it. Mobilize's Mobile Rescue system goes for $1,750 (about £1,400 or AU$2,285) while its Comprehensive System will set you back $2,250 (about £1,780 or AU$2,940). Needless to say this is more for schools and other organizations rather than individuals.
Limited-edition Marilyn Monroe guitar from d'Angelico Guitars, which is only a few blocks away from CNET's New York office.
Robotic grill cleaner
Grillbots are exactly what they sound like: automatic robotic grill cleaners. I call it Roomba for your grill. They're a bit silly, but hey, at least they're on sale!
Till next year
Your intrepid reporter saying so long from the 2017 New York Luxury Technology Show.