10 Most Expensive Gadgets In The World

msidWhile most of the good gadgets are expensive, there are some that are really expensive. As, ever since smartphones and other gadgets have become a quintessential part of our lives, luxury designers have been launching jazzed up versions of popular devices that suit the rich and famous.

 

 

1. iPhone 5 Black Diamond — $15 million

Made using 135gram solid gold of 24 carat, the $15 million iPhone 5 Black Diamond took nine weeks to build. The chassis was inlaid with 600 white diamonds, while the Apple logo on the back boasts of 53 of these gems. Apart from these precious materials, this phone also utilizes sapphire in the screen.

The highlight of this black-and-gold iPhone 5 is the single, flawless black deep-cut diamond that has replaced the home button. Weighing 26-carat, this black diamond belonged to a Chinese business man who commissioned this phone from luxury product maker Stuart Hughes.
2. iPad 2 Gold History Edition — $7.8 million

Want modern technology embedded with a piece of history? Stuart Hughes has created an iPad 2 that boasts of the shavings of the bone of a 65 million-year-old T-Rex dinosaur. That’s not all. The device’s front frame is made using Ammolite, the oldest rock in the world, dated as many as 75 million years back.

This gadget is also encrusted with 53 flawless diamonds, weighing 12.5-carat. The back panel as well as the Apple logo of this iPad 2 are made using 24-carat gold and weigh 2kg. Priced at a cool $7.8 million, only two units of this iPad 2 Gold History Edition have been made by Stuart Hughes.

3. Hart Audio D&W Aural Pleasure loudspeakers — $4.7 million

The most expensive pair of speakers in the world was made by Hart Audio in 2012 as part of its Aural Pleasure range. Priced at $4.7 million, there is only one pair available in the world, made of 18-carat gold. Five sets of silver speakers were also made, costing $315,000. The solid phosphor bronze speakers are priced at $63,000, with stocks limited to a total of 99 pairs.
4. Camael Diamonds iPad — $1.2 million

Diamonds are a girl’s best friends, goes the saying. How about a diamond-encrusted iPad worth $1.2 million? This gadget is crafted with 18-carat gold and has 300-carat diamonds on the back. The Home button in the front and the Apple logo on the back are made using black diamonds. Made by Camael London, this gadget weighs over 1kg.
5. Macbook Air Supreme Platinum Edition — $500,000

Apple products are among the most expensive in the world and luxury brands are taking it a notch up. Not just iPhones and iPads, but Macbook laptops have also undergone the luxury treatment. The Stuart Hughes Apple MacBook Air Supreme Platinum Edition is made using platinum weighing a massive 7kg, with only five units available across the world. Even without all the diamonds and sapphire, this iteration of Macbook Air costs approximately $500,000.
6. Nintendo Wii Supreme — $497,300

Nintendo Wii is discontinued now, but Stuart Hughes has made sure that it remains relevant for gamers living a luxurious life. With only three units made, the device costs a hefty $497,300. The Nintendo Wii Supreme is made using solid 22-carat gold, weighs over 2.5kg and takes six months to craft. The front buttons are made using 78×0.25-carat flawless diamonds, weighing a total of 19 carat.
7. Sony PlayStation 3 Supreme — $331,500

Sony’s PlayStation 3 may be outdated too, but Stuart Hughes has made the device a memorabilia for gamers. The Sony PlayStation 3 Supreme is a $331,500 gaming console that is made using solid 22-carat gold and weighs 1.6kg, with only three pieces ever made. The luxury gaming console has a diamond-studded disc loading slot, adorned with a total of 58 22-carat diamonds.
8. Steinway Lyngdorf Model LS Concert Speakers — $250,000

Any audiophile worth his/her salt will testify that Steinway Lyngdorf Model LS Concert Speakers are the closest you can come to bringing the concert audio experience into your house. The price of making this happen: $250,000.

Each speaker has glossy piano-black side pieces and 24-carat gold accents around all eight AMT tweeters. The eight-feet-tall and 16-inch-wide speakers use curved drape made of super-thin bungee cords instead of the commonly-used cloth grille.

9. Diamond BlackBerry Amosu Curva — $240,000

British luxury product maker Alexander Amosu offers a limited edition BlackBerry Curve 8900 phone for $240,000. The phone has a total of 4,459 diamonds weighing 28-carat on the front and back. With body crafted using 18-carat gold, this phone will come with free concierge services for a year. The company will only make three units of this device, which took 350 hours to be crafted.
10. Gold iPad Supreme — $190,000

If the million-dollar iPads are out of your budget, you can still get a slice of luxury at a lesser price tag of ‘just’ $190,000. With just 10 units in the market, the Gold iPad Supreme is certainly an exclusive item. The back panel and bezel of this product are made using a single piece of 22-carat gold weighing 2.1kg and features diamonds weighing 25-carat. The Apple logo on the back has 53 diamonds weighing 22-carat as well.
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An Awesome iWatch Is Apple’s Greatest Challenge

Why isn’t the Apple TV Apple’s greatest challenge for the near future? It’s iterative. There is less reputation at stake. Less innovation cred to be lost. But the iWatch? A stumble will open up the guts of Apple and indicate a fading company, capable of evolutionary design… but maybe not revolutionary products. Lots of Apple geeks are hoping this isn’t the case.

 There are two words I try to avoid connecting: “greatest” and “challenge.” Clearly I’ve failed. I try to avoid this phrase because it reeks of hyperbole — and yet here I am, typing it out in association with Apple’s utterly mythical “iWatch.”

 Still, the more I look ahead, the more I realize that Apple’s greatest challenge might be convincing a world that it can produce an iWatch that matters.

 3 Key Reasons

 Consider the abandonment of the watch. As cellphones became more and more ubiquitous, users realized that they told time very well. In fact, by connecting to cellular service towers, they automatically adjusted themselves for daylight savings time.

 Better yet, as we traveled into different time zones, mobile phones adjusted. Watches lost their portable monopoly on time. People who wear watches tend to have a serious need for a wrist-handy clock, use their watch for adventure sports — or more likely, style.

 The second issue is mass market demand. Is there a vast consumer need for a smartwatch that will connect to your smartphone and show you messages and notifications? That will shoot video and let you read email? That will answer or launch a voice call? That will track your sleep and remind you to wear a rain jacket?

 No. Not right now. Might that change? Of course, but only if a tangible need — at the very least, a perceived need — rises into global consciousness.

 In 2014, demand just doesn’t seem to be all that strong, despite a handful of smartwatches that have been trying to get a party going.

 iWatch to Crash the Party?

 Apple is most definitely late to that party. The Pebble line lit up the eyes of geeks, starting with a screamingly successful crowdsourced funding effort.

 Apple’s smartphone archnemesis Samsung delivered the Galaxy Gear (with a Gear 2 version looming soon); Sony delivered its SmartWatch 2; and upstarts like i’m Watch are producing some interesting options.

 Meanwhile, Apple partner Nike has the popular fitness tracker bracelet, the Nike FuelBand.

 There’s other competition in the burgeoning health-band space, too. The most recent one to cross my path is Jawbone’s UP24, which tracks how you sleep, move and even eat — and through its smartphone-connected apps, presumably help you lead a healthier, more insightful life.

 Apple has entered market segments before, redefining them with design, quality, ecosystems (stores, developer tools), and visionary leaps forward in technology and manufacturing. Can it deliver a brand new product that depends on style in addition to niche-like desire?

 Apple Knows Style

 Apple’s design missteps, particularly under the steady hand of Jony Ive, have been few and far between. The first iPhone still looks good. A Tangerine iMac looks out of place in a flat-screen world, but the smooth curvy translucent lines? Still nice.

 Fact is, day-to-day watches need to match a human’s personality and identity, first and foremost. A secondary concern is the style and whether they are right for the occasion — dressed up or dressed down, color, texture, waterproof or durable?

 None of these challenges are impossible to meet, but they’re hard. Maybe that’s why Apple seems to be working away in its Cupertino bat cave, trying to make an iWatch more functional, powerful and useful than anything else out there — which brings up a new point: Even if Apple’s iWatch won’t shoot out a spidery cable a hero could swing from, each new product that enters the smartwatch space raises the stakes for Apple. Why? There’s more competition Apple needs to best — or ignore in favor of a brilliant focus that will induce palm-to-forehead why-didn’t-I-see-that-before slaps.

 Even as competitors create better and better wearable bands, they’re busy undermining the space through ideas that solve problems that don’t exist… and terrible marketing. There’s a Samsung video about a guy who woos a girl while skiing — with his Galaxy Gear watch — that is so freakishly bad that it makes me want to avoid all smartwatches lest I catch the disease depicted in the commercial. The disease? A strain of pure idiocy.

 Meanwhile, what’s Apple really doing? Apparently working like crazy. The company has hired numerous experts over the last year, presumably to help with the iWatch development, including a chief medical officer, biosensor engineers, a Nike design director, and most recently the rumor that Apple hired a sleep expert from Philips Research.

 Plus, curved glass rumors persist — not to mention a furious effort to produce sapphire glass. While a patent points to the obvious iPhone usage for super-strong glass, it might be even more important for a scratch-prone wearable device.

 Other rumors have pointed to home automation uses for an “iWearable” device, but smartphones are already unlocking doors, running thermostats from afar, and dimming lights. The point is, the iWatch is potentially launching into a fast-moving environment.

 Why Not the Apple TV?

 So why isn’t the Apple TV Apple’s greatest challenge for the near future? It’s iterative. There is less reputation at stake. Less innovation cred to be lost. But the iWatch? A stumble will open up the guts of Apple and indicate a fading company, capable of evolutionary design… but maybe not revolutionary products. Lots of Apple geeks are hoping this isn’t the case.

 As for me, I’m mostly curious. I haven’t worn a watch in 10 years, much less needed an exercise band to tell me I’ve been busy. I’m Apple’s best and worst customer rolled up into one guy: Will I want one?