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9 Tech Gadgets You Wish You Could Afford

At first, you'll say, "Who needs to spend that kind of money on this kind of gadget?" Then you'll say, "I want that!" Here's a look at nine items that fit that bill.
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At this time of year, everyone is telling you how to find the best bargains on high-tech gear. What fun is that? Instead, let's look at some of the coolest gadgets at the high end of the price list.

These aren't over-the-top items, like a $10,000 watch. I chose gadgets that that make you think, "If I got a huge holiday bonus, I'd be tempted to buy this for myself. Seriously."

I did restrain myself from including high-end gadget cases, such as a bamboo case and stand for iPads and a leather cuff for your Apple Watch. Those can be fun or elegant, but they aren't gadgets in themselves. Also, I chose gadgets rather than toys, which I consider a different category. To meet my criteria, the item should have at least some functional use. (No matter how much I might want a tool to shoot balls of fire from my empty hands.)

[See 8 Pricey Smartphones You'll Never Own.]

I also tried to emphasize mostly gadgets that are currently shipping, because you might have a rich aunt who is motivated to give you your heart's desire as a holiday present. If that's the case, please ask for two, because I sure want all of these things myself. As you'll see, in some cases I could not help myself.

These gadgets are on my own wish list and at least a few of them will soon to be on yours. Take a look and tell us in the comments section below which ones made your list. Are there any glaring omissions? What tech gadgets are you hoping to unwrap this holiday season?

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Michelle
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Michelle,
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12/29/2015 | 6:51:17 PM
Re: Lean back at work
That sounds great! It sounds like a really nice "bell". You don't have race through the house just to get a look at the person who just rang. 
Vishal.kawatra
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Vishal.kawatra,
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12/15/2015 | 1:28:11 AM
The tilte is perfect
I always end up talking to myself how ridiculous the price is for X piece of equipment but then i juat can't help myself because taht little voice in my head tells me " i have to have it ". I know I am not alone on this . Cheers !! Vishal Kawatra
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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12/13/2015 | 10:34:01 PM
Re: I really want...
I am interested in the smart carry-on luggage. I am tired of carrying a bunch of accessories each time during traveling...Furthermore, it's very handy to charge my iPhone when there is no power socket around.
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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12/11/2015 | 11:10:47 AM
Re: device will do?
It's no different from many of the devices and electronics we already carry on the plane. I really can't see this being a problem.
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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12/11/2015 | 11:08:45 AM
Re: device will do?
That chair is awesome. I might fall asleep, though, during the day. Might not be best for productivity.
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vnewman2,
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12/9/2015 | 3:01:54 PM
Re: Lean back at work
I have something similar to the Ring video doorbell and let me tell you - it's really cool - I can see who is at the door and interact with them.  I will never go back to an old-fashioned bell again!
Michelle
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Michelle,
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12/9/2015 | 11:42:19 AM
Lean back at work
My favorite is the reclining work station. I might be inclined to nap a little more than work. Not more slouching!
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12/9/2015 | 7:20:22 AM
VR seat
It's not quite ready yet, but this is one big of expensive tech I want in my home:

feelthree.com

Having my own personal VR flight sim in a self contained seat like that would be fantastic. 
jastroff
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jastroff,
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12/8/2015 | 4:44:44 PM
Re: Double telepresence robot.
Sheldon made good use of his telepresence  -- very funny writing -- until he met Steve Wozniak -- and then tried to get there in person

 
mak63
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12/8/2015 | 4:21:02 PM
Wish
I can't believe nobody mentioned how amazing the Brewie is. I don't drink beer (yeah, it is true), but I think this thing will fly off the shelves as soon as it's available.
I love the Petzi. I wonder if my old doggy can learn new tricks.

I have a broken toe. I can imagine what the Smart Socks would say when I'm walking, and makes me laugh
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