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Gifts for the top 1% of geeks

You may not be able to afford to spend $2 million on a personal submarine, but it's still fun to see what geeks with that kind of cash might buy this holiday season.

We've been hearing a lot about the "top 1%" in the news lately, thanks to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. That got us thinking about what the top 1% of geeks would have on their wish list this year. We compiled 23 tongue-in-cheek gift ideas for those individuals, which you can view in gallery format or in list format below. Even if you aren't in the top 1%, it's still fun to dream big and do a little online window shopping.

Image courtesy Virgin Galactic

  1. Virgin Galactic Flight
  2. Martin Jetpack
  3. The Personal Submarine
  4. The Cockpit Flight Simulator
  5. The 20 foot Animatronic Triceratops
  6. The Genuine 7 foot Robby the Robot
  7. The Emotive Robotic Avatar
  8. The Flying Car
  9. The Bionic Bopper Cars
  10. The Motorized Monocycle
  11. Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4-85
  12. The Superplexus
  13. The Authentic Water Blast Arcade Game
  14. The 30th Anniversary Authentic Pac-Man Arcade Cocktail Table
  15. Razer Blade gaming laptop
  16. Giant Swiss Army Knife
  17. Yes Zulu Watch
  18. Robomower
  19. Optimus Maximus Keyboard
  20. The External Combustion Kraftwagen
  21. The 9 ½ foot Remote Controlled Bald Eagle
  22. The Genuine 1940's Superman Comic Strip

What item on this list or elsewhere that you've seen would you splurge on if you had that kind of cash flow? Let us know your big ticket wish list in the discussion.

9 comments
cpcca
cpcca

Let me just try to correct some assumptions without lowering this to a rude contentious exchange. This is my last comment on the subject then you can all go back and enjoy talking about "gifts for the 1%". First of all I clicked on this story for the same reason any other Engineer/Techie/Gadgetgeek would - Cool Stuff! It wasn't until I clicked the CBS News link about the occupy story then saw the top headline about the mother killing her kids that it hit me.I look at my own plight and wonder how many people are that close and is it appropriate to make light of what is happening in our country? This is not just another cycle. This is a systemic breakdown that if we don't talk about and try to fix with our considerable intellect will fail. To what end I don't know So that you may consider the source, here is who I am: Electerical Engineer BSEE, RF design for RWR systems for F15, F16, and Apache Helicopters. 35 years in DOD and Commercial design. Last employed by top Test and Measurement Company as a Senior Program Manager. Salary $150K plus all the percs- bonus, stock options, amazing benefit and pension package. Until 2003 when they closed the facility, moved the operation to Malaysia, and laid off 4000 good, highly skilled people including me. We all hit the job market just as the tech sector was disappearing. 8 years, thousands of resumes, 78 interviews; Reality is a late 50's engineer (now 62) is not a viable employee. Then there's the quick lesson on CA Real Estate math. Buy $600k house with $480k mortgage at $3800/mo. Watch value plummet to $375k. Then watch as Wall St gets bailed out as my 401gets wiped out. Continue to pay mortgage like a good citizen should, pay $1100/mo medical insurance, Burn through savings, borrow against whats left of 401k, run up $35000 on Visa. And now??? It's the new professional retirement plan! Walk away from the house? Bankruptcy? Social Security? Homeless? Here's what you better know -There but for the grace of god..and luck, go YOU. I know you like to think you're more educated, smarter, better at planning, have better survival skills, younger, stronger liked by your boss, valued by your company etc. Truth is that are you gainfully employed and comfortable at the whim of the 1%. So be careful when you defend those "job creators" and preach the " work hard learn a skill pull yourself up by your bootstrap stop whining I get my knowledge from Foxsocallednews blah blah blah bullsxxt". Do you really think you are a part of that and safe? YOU ARE NOT. So in the spirit of Christmas I wish you all the best. Good luck to us all. All 99% of us.

dachin11
dachin11

To make the top 1% you have to make somewhere in the neighborhood of $380,000 a year. I'd say most people in that range couldn't afford most things on this list. The bottom 50% of wage earners (which is a TON of people, btw), pay 2.7% of all federal income tax. People need to stop waiting for everything to be given to them. Learn a trade, work hard, move up and support yourself. Raising taxes on the top 1% (many of whom are small business owners, who provide...wait for it....JOBS!) is not the answer. Stifling the private sector with higher taxes and regulations hinders job creation and leads to a welfare state where people want everything but are willing to do nothing in return.

Anti Fanboy
Anti Fanboy

That bald eagle flies for 8 minutes? If people are paying 500 for that thing, I will soon have some for sale for 450.00. Look on ebay for "things you can buy if you can't spend money fast enough." It'll be in that list. That thing looks like a 4th grade science project. Neat list though. And cpcca, go do something you enjoy and don't strees so much about people who kill their kids. The 1% pay far more taxes than the rest of us. If you don't like their greed, talk to you congressman, not a writer for a tech site. Later.

cpcca
cpcca

Gee Wally. 1% excess is "fun"? Really? Sorry to bring you down but this is not an issue to trivialize. PEOPLE ARE DYING. This is a headline from the very CBS page you link to: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57337766/mom-denied-food-stamps-shoots-kids-kills-self/ Our country is crumbling because it's been raped and pillaged by the "1%"and you make light of it. Poor judgement? Corporate thinking? Ignorance of the facts? What were you and your editor thinking? Go donate some time and money to a local soup line. They're easy to find. just follow the long line of unemployed homeless Engineers.

mudpuppy1
mudpuppy1

c, you set the tone for the conversation with your first comment. I responded in kind to refute what you said. Anyway, what does Fox News have to do with this (or anything)? It's really no different than the rest of the media. Consider the following scenario: Suppose this was an article about gifts for the "average" geek who makes, say $50K-ish. You see a digital SLR camera for $800. It has great specs (14 MP, SDXC storage, 1080p video in stereo, etc.). You are poor and can't even afford this. Do you still castigate the author for posting this because someone somewhere committed suicide? Or some other bad thing happened somewhere? The two are totally unrelated. Or do you do something to better yourself so you can afford it? I sympathize with your plight (can't find a job at 62, I'm 55 and have similar problems). I'm semi-retired. We managed to escape the California real estate bomb with a reasonable sum to set up in another state. Just in time it appears as our old house has lost over $60K since we sold it. Don't hate "the rich." They are no different than the rest of us. They just have more money and as in any group, you have good and bad. I don't know if you noticed, but those jobs that were outsourced overseas have started to return. I hope this trend continues and expands into manufacturing. Hey, maybe some guy read this article who has been considering starting a business and it (along with other things), provided the motivation to do it. Corny, I know, but it could happen. Then, when he made enough, he starts hiring and expanding. Hewlett and Packard started out like this. So did Apple and Microsoft, and many others. Not saying they read an article like this and got going, but they did get going. That's the way things are supposed to work in this country. Besides, when was the last time a poor person hired people? Destroying "the rich" isn't going to get any jobs created. Neither is government (taxpayer) "stimulus." Government doesn't create jobs, it usually hinders job creation. By the way, the top 10% of people pay most of the taxes. You succeed in destroying them and not only does the economy collapse, but the government loses tax revenue at a time when there is more demand for their services. So everyone loses. And 47% pay no income taxes at all. As long as the rest of us have to pay, so should they. Everyone should have skin in the game. I include myself in this as my income this year may be low enough to get out of paying any taxes. I don't know yet. This is my first year out of work. Guess who bailed out those crony capitalists on Wall St? You and I through those failed "stimulus" programs. Companies like GE, Solyndra (bankrupt), MF Global, some financial firms I can't recall, etc. have been feeding at the public trough and in conjunction with the government, have been ruining the economy. I'm sorry you are so bitter. I choose not to be. Anyway, enough rambling....

mudpuppy1
mudpuppy1

Really? Hey cccp (mis-spelling intentional), why don't you go back to the rancid kool-aid you get at your smelly Occupy tent. You're going to blame her suicide on the "1%?" I've got news for you: most of the people you call "1%" are busy providing goods and services (and jobs), not "raping and pillaging." Are there bad apples? Yes, but they are a minority. You hear about only them because the media loves that sort of stuff and so you think they are all that way. If it weren't for the "1%" pursuing their self-interest and thus able to employ people, there wouldn't be a welfare dept for her to go to to even apply for welfare because no one would be making money for the government to steal to pay for it. You are confusing the crony capitalism engaged in by a few in collusion with the government. That's where the problem is, not business and capitalism in general. Donate to a soup line, you say. How do you know he doesn't? And soup lines only provide temporary help. Creating jobs is the permanent fix and for that you need capitalism, not government. Capitalism has fed more people than soup lines ever could. Capitalism and profits are not dirty words. Crony capitalism where the government grants preferential treatment in return for campaign contributions (bribes) is. It is capitalism that gave you the opportunity to earn money to buy that computer (or smartphone) that you used to post your comment.

BeAccountable
BeAccountable

CPCCA, what a stupid comment. Where is your sense of humor?

cpcca
cpcca

"...stupid comment" Really? And your tag is " BeAccountable"? Oh I get it... You must be an ACCOUNTANT not someone who believes in accountability.

BeAccountable
BeAccountable

Accountability, something you probably do not know anything about. I guess you get upset when someone says, "The project is on 'target'". OH NO, please don't suggest violence.