Jet packs, private submarines, personal buggies and much more
It’s hard to stand out in Dubai. Everyone’s got the watch, the car, the jaw-dropping yacht… Poor you! But hang on a minute, what about the three-man submarine? With Big Boys Toys rolling back into town on Friday October 3, running until Sunday 5, there’s the chance to get your mitts on a few truly exclusive buys. If you’re not the cash-soaked type, don’t fret, it’s not all multi-million-dirham submersibles – there are some equally great finds at the more affordable end of the spectrum, with the range of products extending from watersports to fashion to homewares. Here, we highlight ten seriously awesome buys to salivate over.
Triton 3300/3 Submersible How much? Dhs49.6 million (US$13.5 million) Make like big-spending filmmaker James Cameron and explore the underwater world in one of these.Boasting the thickest acrylic sphere ever made for a submersible (16.5cm to be precise), this is the world’s deepest-diving acrylic-hulled three-passenger submersible. Its transparent hull makes it perfect for exploring, filming, photography and recreational diving, as well as scientific research.
Jetovator How much? Dhs25,620 (US$6,975) Straddle this water-propelled personal watercraft like a motorbike and prepare to pelt across the surface of the sea. No matter your weight, height or age, you’ll be comfortably ‘flying’ after just ten minutes – and better yet, there’s the option to have a mild or wild ride, depending on your capacity for adrenaline-seeking.
Rage Comet Off-Road Rally Buggy How much? From Dhs200,000 (US$54,450) Capable of a staggering 1-100kph in three seconds and a top speed of more than 190kph thanks to a Kawasaki ZX14 superbike engine, the Rage Comet is the ultimate off-road toy. As well as Cobra race seats, the latest Dual Bead-Lock wheels and tyres, all buggies are personalised to the buyer’s specifications. Chrome wrap, anyone?
Zapata Racing Flyboard How much? Dhs23,642, plus Dhs4,342 for trigger throttle (US$6,436, plus US$1,182) Not dissimilar to the jet pack, this extreme watersports device sees the user’s feet strapped onto a small board while water is propelled downwards through the bottom, launching the rider into the air. In order to allow the user to embrace their inner Bond (circa Sean Connery), the Flyboard needs to be attached to a personal watercraft, such as a Jet-Ski. It’s the horsepower of the PWC that will determine the height you get – 150HP will send you five or six metres up, while 250HP will get you up to 12 metres into the air (the maximum length of the pipe). Handle with care!
Seabreacher How much? Price on request Designed to look like a dolphin (the J model), shark (X model) or killer whale (Y model) the Seabreacher submersible aims to change the face (literally) of conventional boating. Its three axes of control means not only can you turn left and right, but you can also jump over and dive under waves. An acrylic canopy and underwater viewing ports mean the driver and passenger get almost 360-degree views.
VGo Telepresence Robot How much? Dhs121,212-138,578 (US$33-38,000) Love Skype? This snazzy, wheel-enabled robot takes video calling to the next level, replicating a person in a distant location and allowing them to see, hear, talk and move around as if they were there. It’s designed to help students who learn outside of school due to injuries, illnesses or disabilities, plus hospital staff, doctors, remote workers or simply those whose job requires them to be in several places at once. And no, you can’t send it to the dentist in your place.
C-Explorer 5 submersible How much? Price on request Described by its creators UBW as ‘the world’s first underwater limousine’ (bubbly and kitsch neon lighting not included), the C-Explorer 5 features inflatable ballasts, which take up less space, provide a more stable performance on the water’s surface and allow the sub to be perfectly streamlined underwater.
Qlock Two Classic How much? Dhs4,752-12,062 (US$1,293-3,284) An excellent investment for adults who still struggle with analog clocks. Check out these new designs which swap classic time-telling for easy to decipher typographical statements, such as ‘It is half past seven’, as featured here. Measuring 45x45cm and made of wood, the clock can be mounted on the wall or free-stand on a surface, and comes in brushed stainless steel or polished synthetic glass in one of seven different colours.
DTV Shredder How much? Dhs14,688 (US$3,999) Imagine a Segway designed exclusively for off-roading, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what the DTV Shredder is all about. According to its developers, it combines the directional motion control of board sports such as snowboarding with the power of motocross and ATVing, and can be ridden through sand, snow, mud, rocks and even mountains with ease.
Air Wheel How much? Dhs4,877 (US$1,327)In walking-averse Dubai, this one is sure to take off. Operating in a similar fashion to a Segway, this not prohibitively-priced gadget is distinctive for its unicycle design. The one-wheel, self-balancing transportation device is super fast-charging, can tackle off-road and up-hill terrain, and can even provide smooth transit from sofa to fridge. Lean forwards to go forwards and back to slow down and stop. May you never have to take another step again.
Gitex Technology Week is coming… This more industry-centric tech exhibition takes place in Dubai from Sunday October 12 to Thursday 16. Here, you can see the latest technologies demonstrated by some of the world’s top ICT brands, attend conferences, check out the live blogging Content Hub and take part in a blogger tweetup. Also, don’t miss the brand new Smart Cities Experience, where brands including Cisco and Ericsson will be showcasing futuristic kit. Visit the website for more information on exhibitors attending. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.gitex.com.