Geek Gifts for the Top 1%: The Emotive Robotic Avatar
If a 7 foot robot is too much for you, perhaps this Emotive Robotic Avatar is a better choice. Its 19 motors embedded in the base control the puppet's realistic movements, and multicolor LEDs embedded in the eyes and antennae provide even more visual feedback. The avatar is controlled via an included tablet PC from up to 30 feet away and is capable of expressing five feelings (happy, confused, angry, sad, and embarrassed), and contains a microphone and pinhole camera to send viewer feedback to the operator. Available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $65,000.
The Razer better have something going for it that's not listed. I got a Toshiba Qosmio laptop with i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, GPU with 2.5 GB VRAM, and a 18" HD screen with a Blue Ray player for about half that price. It's been a great laptop so far (9 months).
Seeing as how most of the goofy crap on here is from Hammacher Schlemmer, I have to wonder just how many of each thing listed has been sold. I mean really, who opens up a catalog, sees that mini sub, and says: "Only 2 mil? Heck yeah!" then places an order?
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.
It's rather sad to imagine someone who's so board and un-creative that all they can think to do w their money is buy some of this crap. How likely is it that the mono-cycle or submarine will be used for less than 10 hours. And it seems to me that hiring someone to mow your lawn is money much better spent than the robot mower. There is so much in the world that needs attention and so much good can be done if you have these kind of resources. It's rather sad, but mostly disgusting.
The gaming laptop is kind of cool, though. That doesn't strike me as so unreasonable as it will likely be used for thousands of hours.