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12. 12. 2005

Popgadget Gift Guide 2005: Luxury ($1000 and up and up)

I think it would be pretty cool to own the world's first fuel cell motorcycle. It doesn't drive very fast and it's slightly homely but it emits water only and runs very quietly for $6,000. Still waiting for Vespa to get it together... (Sheigh)

It's true that the kitchen is most often the room where everybody ends up hanging out. It's usually homey and warm and more importantly, is an easy access to food. The Icebox Flipscreen is a complete entertainment system that mounts neatly under a cabinet to save precious counter space. Watch TV or a DVD, listen to music, surf the web or even monitor your sleeping tot in the other room. No need for a mouse - the flat LCD screen is a touch screen. The remote control and the keyboard are even fully washable. And when you're ready to start kneading that dough, flip the screen up to get it out of your way. $1895.95, with free ground shipping from Shop.com. (Jenna)

The Jacuzzi Morphosis Alpha is no normal whirlpool. This stunning tub, designed by Pininfarina (they also design Ferraris) for the "discerning homeowner", is built for two, with eight water jets and chromatherapeutic multi-colored LEDs. Just $22,000 from Jacuzzi. (Mia)

The Tag Heuer Formula 1 diamond, (aka the Maria Sharapova watch) features 120 diamonds. Practically a bargain at $1325. (Brian)

This Kitchenaid appliance gives you two dishwashers in the same space required for one standard dishwasher, so you can run smaller loads all day. Great for a single-person household.$1179 at FotoConnection. (Hoyun)

The tiny Sony Vaio TX690 notebook computer weighs just 2.75 lbs. but packs in 1.5 GB of RAM, a 60 GB hard drive, DVD+R Double Layer/DVD±RW optical drive (built-in!), wifi, bluetooth, and a Cingular modem for accessing the high-speed EDGE network. Gorgeous translucent slate blue casing that reveals the carbon fiber inside. $2999 from SonyStyle. (Mia)

Marc Jacobs roomy Diane Tote in black leather. Why? Because when I get the Sony Vaio (in my fantasy world), it's presented in this $1150 handbag. (Mia)

An artist named Jim Campbell crafts custom electronics using video filtered to LEDs to display human motion in real-time. I saw his Ambiguous Icons Motion and Rest Series #5 (depicting a church on Fifth Ave.) at the Siggraph Art Gallery this year and I was completely transfixed. He dumps NTSC video through a low-pass filter to subsample the footage which creates a trance-inducing yet completely lively viewing experience. How much? Priceless. I'd never complain about low-res video again if Santa were to mount one of Campbell's 29 x 22" canvases next to the chimney. (Sheigh)

If you want a gift for a gamer who wants a laptop … you might want to look at Alienware’s Aurora m7700 for $2,199 on alienware.com. (Camilla)


Posted by Mia    Category: gift guide 2005
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