Remember “champagne wishes and caviar dreams?” If you don’t, it’s either you’re too young to have seen episodes of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous or you just don’t care for Robin Leach’s hosting style. We mention it now because our iPod just blasted “Juicy” by Biggie and we immediately thought “Robin Leach!” Of course, being the geeks that we are, we started imagining what it would be like if we reformatted the show and focused only on the ridiculously expensive gadgets that only the super duper rich can buy. In which case, indulge us a bit as we give you a sampling of the devices that are most likely to be featured on our hypothetical show.
Sony PlayStation 3 Supreme
Did you know that, as of November 4, 2012, 70 million PlayStation 3s have been sold worldwide? We’re not going to give you too much credit if you already know that fact because it’s easily searchable on the web. However, we’re prepared to acknowledge your awesomeness if you actually know someone who owns Goldstriker’s 22-carat-gold-and-diamond-studded PS3 on their shopping list. After all, only three have been made and each one costs a whopping $319,104.
The Kohler Numi Toilet System
You’ve got a tablet and a smartphone, so why not a touch-screen remote-controlled toilet? Produced by Kohler, the Numi is a $6,400 toilet that doesn’t have any visible levers or buttons; it just has controls that are somewhat similar to those of an iPod Touch. According to The New York Times, the Numi’s remote “controls flushing, cleaning, drying, music, heating and other settings and preferences, which can be stored in user profiles for different family members.”
Vertu Constellation Smartphone
When shopping for a smartphone, we always look at the specs rather than the price and see if it will give us the best phone service or not. We would admit, however, that we are intrigued by the Vertu luxury smartphone, which costs around $13,800 a pop. Featuring a red gold exterior, the Vertu Constellation phone runs a Symbian operating system and comes with a Swype keyboard and a 24/7 Concierge Live application. The app helps users “secure exclusive access to clubs, arrange travel tips, order expensive wine, and even get in touch with a security specialist.”
Personal Killer Whale Submarine
We don’t know where we are going to get $100,000 to buy Hammacher Schlemmer’s Killer Whale Submarine but in the name of awesomeness, we’re going to try our best to make it happen. With a 255-horsepower supercharged Rotax axial flow engine, this aquatic beast “can breach from the water, just like a real whale.” Underwater, it can go 25 mph, while on the surface, it can hydroplane at up to 50 mph.
Magnetic Floating Bed
Not only is this floating bed the most expensive of its kind, it’s also (at least for us) the coolest bed in the world. First seen at the 2006 Millionaire Fair in Kortrijk, Belgium, this magnetic floating bed, designed by Janjaap Ruijssenaars, retails for a cool $1.6 million. It was created in collaboration with Bakker Magnetics, using “permanent opposing industrial-strength magnets that allow the bed to float around 1.3 feet off the floor while holding almost 2,000 lbs of weight.”
Poison Dart Frog Watch
Created by Max Busser and Company, the Poison Dart Frog features “two half-spherical dials that resemble the eyes of an actual poisonous dart frog, giving this uniquely designed wrist wear its name.” There are only ten of these limited edition watches, which cost $104,000 apiece. Other notable features include the 18- to 22-carat yellow gold and a sleek black alligator skin strap, a sapphire crystal display that allows users to view the inner workings of the watch, and a PVD-coated zirconium case set.