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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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Zman7
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12/8/2015 | 11:47:53 AM
Re: device will do?
I'd be prepared too, to have the TSA folks stop you for an extra scan when they see some electronics imbedded in the case.  I can't imagine they would ever let that be accepted since it could be exploited by evil-doers...
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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12/8/2015 | 11:13:59 AM
workstation or dentist chair?
My favorite is the workstation that looks like a dentist's chair, allowing me to combine the experience of two of my favorite activities: Working & going to the dentist.
CookB
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CookB,
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12/8/2015 | 4:30:58 AM
Double telepresence robot.
I have seen this double telepresence robot in one of the episode of the big bang theory where sheldon use it, it was hillarious. But I need to know that to operate it we need to sit at a fixed place in front of respective camera which will project our face on the robot, so how can we roam freely.
PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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12/7/2015 | 5:19:17 PM
Re: device will do?
I love the computer chair. I did notice it only had 2 screens. I would think such chair will have a stand for three monitors, they always say the more screen the better.  If it was a folded chair it will be better. If one had a small desk it will really be a pain to bring that chair. I will just keep that as my home office. 
vnewman2
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12/7/2015 | 4:24:38 PM
Re: I really want...
Couldn't agree more on stroller technology. My son is 3 now and I had an Orbit stroller system where the base detaches and you can use the top as a car seat. It rotated then clicked into place which I assumed was kind of standard, but apparently not. Other moms were always jealous of it. I almost bought the origami as a secondary stroller but it came onto the market just a little too late for me. Ever try to collapse a stroller while trying to prevent a toddler from running out into the street? Truly brilliant stuff here...
estherschindler
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estherschindler,
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12/7/2015 | 12:31:38 PM
Re: device will do?
Because if it can be attached to the bag, it can be unattached, too. By malice or ripped-off-by-friendly-baggage handler.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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12/7/2015 | 12:01:06 PM
Re: I really want...
I want (or would have wanted) those self-folding strollers. Where were they 10 years ago? Probably in prototype. I was the key-groceries-two toddler-purse juggler. I didn't need the extra gadgets it comes with, just the ease of use.My double stroller was a nightmare; my babysitter used to say I couldn't pay to her take it.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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12/7/2015 | 11:47:48 AM
device will do?
Because the suitcase works with a mobile app, you can find out how much your bag weighs when you pull its handle, track miles traveled, and get smart trip notifications.

Not sure why you would need a whole bag for this. Couldn't these features be covered by something you just attach to the bag?
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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12/7/2015 | 7:32:57 AM
I really want...
10 of those teleprescence robots, just so I can do a sweet Demolition Man party. 
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