"Rich people are paying $15,000 for a phone"
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Rich people are paying $15,000 for a phone
When you're rich and powerful, or a celebrity encryption can be worth a lot to you.
In fact, it may be even worth $15,000.
This is a Solarin by a London based company, Sirin Labs.
It's an Android smartphone packed with military-grade encryption, antivirus tracking software, and a customer service team that alerts you if it detects a connection to a suspicious wi-fi network.
There's even a privacy mode switch on the back so when you're worried about being tracked it turns off all sensors in the phone only allowing phone calls and text messages.
It's not a perfect shield against hacking but it can guard you better than other phones.
Which is why the company has customers that are Hollywood celebrities, government officials, and executives dealing in secret.
But if you're gonna pay a premium for privacy tools, why not get one in crocodile skin in gold trim.
It will only cost you a little more at $18,000.
It's so fancy.
So why does privacy have to be a luxury for the rich?
The Solarin phone was on display at the annual New York technology show, alongside other tech toys targeted for the lavish lifestyle.
In my quest to better understand gadgets for rich people, I discovered that the top 1% They like drinking beer just like normal joes, but instead of paying for a six pack at the store, they may opt to fill their own mini-keg with a custom stout.
The ManCan serves up craft beer right from your own personal gallon keg with a tap built in for $200.
It's small enough to even take in a backpack for your day hike.
And when you need to burn off that beer gut there's the Lumidiet.
A belt that goes around your waist and promises to break down fat by dousing your gut with red light.
The company plans to release it in October for around $400.
Now does this work on my thighs too?
Cuz I could use one of those.
You know, just kinda strap it around here.
Get a little duct tape.
This will work, right?
But if you need some more red light in your life, you can soak yourself in it with the lightstem light bed.
18,000 LED bulbs hit you with a combo of red and infrared light to rejuvenate and repair and energize every cell on your body.
Provided you use it while naked.
Taking a red light bath in your home only costs $65,000.
As I lie there in the blinding light, I realized the richer people with needs just like us.
But with more room in their homes for odd gadgets, and they enjoy putting leather on things.
Like that crazy expensive phone.
But maybe we can live in a world where better phone security doesn't have to come in gold-dipped titanium finish.
Or maybe that dream is just a result of too much red light affecting my brain.
Yeah, this is relaxing.
For CNET, I'm Bridget Carey.
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