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It’s Clunky But It Works: World’s First Legit Hover Board

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It’s not quite as slick as what Marty McFly was riding on BTTF II, but it’s as close as we’re going to get in 2015. A Romanian company has announced the ArcaBoard, an actual working hover board that we believe is real mostly because of how shitty its specs are. First off, it’s as big as a small mattress, weighing in at a portly 82 kg (180 lb) and measuring 145 x 76 x 15 cm (57 x 30 x 6 inches). Then, it only works 6 minutes at a time, going to a top speed of 20 km/h (12.5 mph) with a range of just over 1 mile. Then, it takes 6 hours to recharge (unless you pay an extra $4,500 for a 36 minute fast charger). Finally, it costs $19,900! All that being said, it does hover the way you’d imagine, going over sand, rocks, even water. 36 high-power electric ducted fans create up to 272 horsepower and 430 lb (195 kg) of thrust, and the device is steered either with your body or “via a Bluetooth-connected iOS or Android app that activates a stabilization system and relays navigation commands via hand movements.”

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Summerland Ceramic Stonerware, For The Classy Toker

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Let’s face it, it’s only a matter of time until Marijuana is legal everywhere. Already Canada has announced they will legalize the stuff for recreational use in 2016 (the first G7 country to do so), and 4 states in the USA have already done so. It stands to reason the ecosystem will blossom, and we’re not surprised to see something like the Summerland Ceramic Stoneraware on the market. They’re your good old bongs, made from “cone 5 ceramic and finished with a lead-free, foodsafe glaze.” The white finish and distinctive shape will announce to your friends that you’re a new age aficionado, a classy upper scale consumer of this fine botanical, and not some undiscerning college kid who buys rainbow hued glassware. Prices start at $75, and go way up.

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Rich People Get All The Nice Toys: Plane With Elevator That Rises To An Observation Bubble Atop The Fuselage

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You can’t buy this yet. Matter of fact, most of you won’t ever be able to buy a seat in this ride. But there are people who are seriously contemplating making the SkyDeck system a reality. Aerospace engineering firm Windspeed is working on a patent pending contraption that would raise two seats in the airplane through an elevator, all the way up to an observation bubble atop the fuselage. The lucky travellers would then be free to observe their surroundings from 30,000 feet up. The system can be installed on any type of plane, and can come in a staircase version for those clients who are filthy rich, but not filthy freaking rich. There are no definite plans to launch in the near future, but the company is in talks with manufacturers with the goal of integrating SkyDeck in future iterations of their aircraft. Considering the lengths some airlines go to to accommodate their wealthy patrons, we wouldn’t be surprised if this ridiculous idea came to life.

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Why Not: A $135,000 Gold And Diamond BB8 Droid

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So, you know, the movie’s coming out soon. People are going crazy, pumping out merch left and right, so it stands to reason you’re going to come across some outrageous stuff. Like this BB-8 Droid above. It’s a collaboration between Disney Consumer Products and Kay Jewellers, it stands just 4.25? high and weighs just over 1.5 lbs. Made from 18-carat yellow gold, this iconic piece of merchandise is decked out in around 860 diamonds amounting to 18 carats. It took 600 hours to make, and “will be displayed at the Force 4 Fashion exhibit in New York and auctioned off for charity later this month.” It’s valued at $135,000, but there’s no telling how much frenzied collectors will dish out for it once it hit the auction block.

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Romain Jerome Releases $18,950 Super Mario Bros. Watch

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Romain Jerome is known to make some eye catching and obscenely expensive watches. Whether it’s a DeLorean themed watch with actual pieces of the car, its Moon Dust watch, containing dust from the moon, or the Titanic DNA watch, containing (you guessed it) actual pieces from the sunken ship, the timepieces always stand out. The same holds true of the ‘Super Mario Bros.’ watch, although it contains no parts of Mario, for obvious reasons. Released as a tribute to the game’s 30th anniversary, it will be produced in a limited run of 85 pieces, each fetching an eye watering $18,950. Made from PVD-coated back titanium, the 46mm case features a three-layer face meant to recreate the pixelated look of the seminal game.

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The World’s “Best Razor” Costs $300

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So how do you justify charging someone $300 for a razor. Let’s see. The OneBlade Razor is made from German stainless steel, PVD coated for corrosion resistance, hand-polished, Teflon coated springs… heck even the blade is supposed to be some fancy Platinum-coated Japanese Feather blade. It only uses the one blade, hence the name, and is a limited edition item that’s meant to be passed down generation to generation. Replacement blades work out to about $1 each. And if you feel like you’re not spending enough money this way, the company even has a “Collector’s Edition” razor for a cool $1,000. That one’s numbered, so you know you’re getting something special.

Hey, what’s the point in having too much money if you can’t find items to purchase that the common mortal can’t?

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Now This Is A Good Looking Coffee Brewer

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Once upon a time, we used to cover gorgeous home appliances and furniture. Lately, we’ve drifted away from that stuff, but coming across the Iikone Coffee Brewer makes us want to start again. If you’re going to make coffee in the morning, why not make it in what’s possibly the nicest looking brewer on the market? It’s expensive, and the company tries to make it sound like there’s some added function to justify the price.

The IIKONE mk1 is the very first pourover coffee brewer with a totally unobstructed filter. This solution allows a brewing process undisturbed by uneven surface tension where the filter touches its support, and makes a proper use of the entire filtering surface. The ultimate result is a more complex, even less bitter brew than is the one produced by classic manual pourover brewers, and fewer nonsoluble particles in the cup.

Right. So it makes better coffee? We’re not sure you’ll care when you’re being asked to pony up $700 for it, but hey, yeah, better coffee… why not? It’s made from “high gloss medical-grade stainless steel, CNC cut, machined and polished. It is compatible with popular 6-10 cup round or rectangular filters and conical metal filters.” And again, it costs $700.

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Arachnophobia Timepiece Costs $18,000, Will Scare The Dollars Out Of Your Bank Account

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We don’t really understand the world of high-end timepieces, but that’s mostly because we never had the budget to really look into it. For those of you with a deeper wallet, and a discerning sense of aesthetic, comes the Arachnophobia timepiece. It’s designed by high-end watchmaker MB&F, and made by Swiss manufacturer L’Épée, and at the very least is striking enough to impress even someone who’s no expert in luxury clocks.

If you happen to know anything about these types of items, we’re going to list some of the features in case they make sense to you.

– Balance frequency: 18,000 bph / 2.5Hz
– Power reserve of 8 days
– 218 components and 11 jewels
– Incabloc shock protection system
– Mechanism in palladium-plated brass or gold-plated brass
– Winding: key winding and time setting on underside of clock
– Movement finishing: includes Côtes de Genève, anglage, polishing, sand-blasting, circular and vertical satin finishing
– ARACHNOPHOBIA’S BODY
Dimensions: 203 mm in height (legs extended); clock diameter (legs flat) 405 mm; movement dimensions 75.3 x 134.9 x 63.8 mm
Weight: gold-plated version 1.96 kg; black version 0.98 kg

So if you can swing the $16,000 to $18,000 these cost, they’ll definitely make a more an eye-catching item to display in your home.

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This Star Wars TIE Fighter Watch Costs $28,500

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That’s a lot of dollars to spend on a timepiece, but then again, some people really do have too much money. They might even be delighted to splurge on the Darth Vader/TIE Fighter wristwatch, which is made by Devon, and is limited to 1,500 pieces. Aside from the Star Wars aesthetic, it’s got a bunch of features that presumably make sense to the discerning watch enthusiast. Here they are:

– 16L stainless steel
– True black diamond-like coating
– Scratch-resistant polycarbonate lens with bulletproof durability
– Numbered 1-500 on back plate
– Four interwoven 2-micron thin nylon time belts
– Lubricant-free ruby bearings
– Four micro-step motors
– Multiple high-tech optical recognition cells
– Temperature-compensated crystal
– Onboard microprocessor
– 313 electrical contacts
– Lithium-polymer rechargeable cell
– Powered for two weeks on one charge
– Recharge wirelessly through inductive charging tower

So yeah, sure, it costs as much as a new car, but you should know it comes with a complimentary pair of TIE Fighter cufflinks, so… that’s a deal, right? You can pre-order it right now with a $2,500 down payment, but there’s no mention of how long you’ll have to wait to get it, exactly.

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