Check Out the Coolest Tech From the 2017 New York Luxury Technology Show

Friday, 24 March 2017 - 4:35PM
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Friday, 24 March 2017 - 4:35PM
Check Out the Coolest Tech From the 2017 New York Luxury Technology Show
When you walk into the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan for the annual Luxury Technology Show, you'll see a lot of things: a Tesla Model X car sitting in the back, a Yamaha jet ski to your right, and tables full of tech that cost half a year's salary. Here's the coolest stuff we saw at the show.

1. The Rapael Smart Glove


This gadget looks like a skeletal version of Nintendo's Power Glove, but it's the real deal when it comes to virtual reality. In addition to creating the actual glove, Rapael provides a series of game-like VR exercises (like pouring wine or picking up objects) so you can practice grasping and moving things with your fingers and palm. The Smart Glove is currently aimed at patients going through rehabilitation to gain full use of their hands, but the potential for VR telekinesis and easy AR interactions (like Tom Cruise in Minority Report) seems obvious.

The ONO Smartphone 3D Printer


This one really blew me away. The ONO system is super simple: you set your smartphone face-up on the bottom of the black box below, insert the plastic tray on top of it, fill the tray with some of the liquid solution, then put the top on and let the printer start working. Right now the types of things you can print is mostly small (3 inches or so tall), but ONO is already working on creating a new printer with a 12-inch diagonal. In the meantime, however, the creations you can make with the regular model are so high-quality that you can use them for metal-casting. All of ONO's 3D design files are created by users, so you can create almost anything you can imagine in minute detail.


3. HIFIMAN Earbudgs


I've never considered myself an audiophile—I've been too concerned with budget than chasing the highest quality sound possible to mankind. Still, sitting down at the HIFIMAN table and putting on their RE800 earbuds reminded me that there's definitely a world beyond Skullcandy and Beats: scrolling through their library of songs, hosted on their custom player, I felt like I was hearing some of them for the first time. It wasn't just the bass or the vocals, it was like I could hear every twang of the guitar. Though earbuds and player were actually quite reasonable, but on the other end of the spectrum is something like the HE100 V2, HIFIMAN's flagship over-ear, planar magnetic headphones, which look and sound like something made for astronauts and clock in around $3000. All things considered, HIFIMAN definitely proves that when you focus on sound, it makes a huge, juicy difference.


VINCI Smart Headphones


I just got to put these on for a few minutes, but I was impressed with how light they were. I didn't get a chance to try out the voice commands either, but after reading some of the literature, I was intrigued. The people at VINCI have managed to fit an entire onboard computer into the earphones, along with a cool touch display and some fun graphics. It can also connect with your phone and other devices, which makes it handy if you've got bluetooth speakers going on in another room. One thing I was not a fan of was the sound quality or "noise-cancelling"—though we were on a crowded show floor, the sound quality sounded a bit tinny. Maybe it was just the come-down from HIFIMAN.



D'Angelico Guitars


Anyone who's ever looked at a guitar and said "Oh yes, it will be mine" knows that there's something beautiful about the craftmanship, the hardware. D'Angelico has a whole range of guitars, from $300 axes to deluxe models in the thousands, but the real claim to fame is John D'Angelico, the legendary guitar craftsman who made hundreds of archtop guitars by hand before dying in 1964. Since then, the D'Agostino brand has been resurrected and the original handiwork scanned and recreated almost exactly the way it was a half-century ago.
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