Growing up, my father always wanted the very best. He liked to impress the neighbors with his newest boat, or gadgets with cutting edge technology before anyone else had them. When a friend would upstage him with something new, he would seek out the next generation or model to outdo them. It became a constant back and forth of bigger and better. With a little help from my friends at Hammacher Schlemmer and other high-end outlets, I decided to compile a list of the most outrageous, over-the-top Father’s Day gifts in honor of my father. He would have loved dreaming about these extravagant items, from submarines to hovercraft golf carts, these are among the best of 2016 and beyond.
THE UNDERSEA AQUAHOVERER ($1.5 million)
The Deep Flight Dragon is the easiest submersible to operate in the world because it hovers in-place without the need for adjusting ballast or managing drop weights. Requiring no more skill than driving a car, the sub’s fixed positive buoyancy combines with its six 400-rpm, 1.2-kilowatt ducted propellers—two front and four rear—to provide easy omnidirectional movement and stand-still hovering underwater next to reefs, wrecks, and underwater species. Capable of exploring the twilight zone down to a depth of 400′, its streamlined composite pressure hull keeps two explorers safe in custom carbon fiber seats, with acrylic domes optimized for best underwater sightseeing. Intuitive and fly-by-wire controls (from either cockpit), two independent digitally monitored oxygen systems, and a closed-circuit internal (and VHF-to-surface) communications system provide submariners with a safe, flexible environment for investigating underwater anomalies.
24K GOLD BICYCLE ($500,000)
This extreme mountain bike is handcrafted and overlaid with pure 24K gold. Taking over 750 hours to complete, each part was coated to perfection in the USA using the electroplating process. The House of Solid Gold created only 13 of these gold extreme bikes for the world market, each one being totally customized and made to the buyers wants and needs. Added for accent and beauty, the diamonds and sapphires are pave’ set on the frame emblem. The company logo is embellished and encrusted with over 600 Black Diamonds (6.0 carats intotal) and 500 Golden Sapphires (4.5 carats in total). The seat is covered in chocolate brown alligator and the water bottle is covered in gold and accented with chocolate brown stingray.
THE HELICYCLE ($395,000)
This two-seat vehicle converts from a three-wheeled motorcycle to a gyrocopter in 10 minutes. A 230-hp, four-cylinder engine powers the craft to a maximum 112 mph in the air or on the road. When driven as a street-legal vehicle, it accelerates from 0-60 mph in under eight seconds, with a proprietary tilting system that provides the agility of a motorcycle. When travel by air is desired, the craft’s propeller, rotor, and dual rudders deploy in 10 minutes. Though it resembles a helicopter, the gyrocopter’s non-powered overhead rotor spins as a result of the forward motion of the vehicle to provide lift. Designed to cruise at low altitudes (below 4,000′), it only requires a 540′ runway for takeoffs (just 100′ for landings). Its 27-gallon gas tank provides a 220-mile flight range (750 miles on the road).
ROBOT AVATAR ($345,000)
The only robot admitted to the Screen Actors Guild, this is the adult-sized robotic avatar that has appeared in movies, television programs, music videos, entertained Royalty worldwide, and attended countless corporate functions. The robot is controlled via an intuitive wireless remote that is small enough to escape detection, making it appear as if he is acting autonomously—his fluid, lifelike movements, smooth dance moves, and engaging personality add celebrity star power to any event. His head, torso, and multi-jointed arms can be operated independently or in limitless combinations to create graceful, lifelike motions. He rolls forward, backward, and spins 360º at three different speeds, dancing alone or with a partner who stands on his sturdy platform. The robot engages in clever impromptu banter with guests (delivered from the operator with a discreet wireless microphone), his synthesized voice carrying clearly from six speakers in his head and body. LEDs in his mouth light as he talks, giving his speech a more natural quality. His routine can also be completely pre-programmed, from body movements and dialogue to music and sound effects. A monitor on the robot’s fiberglass and steel body displays what he sees and an LED panel across his mid-section scrolls a customized message.
THE AMPHIBIOUS SUB-SURFACE WATERCRAFT ($300,000)
This partially submersible watercraft provides above and underwater viewing options, driving right off a trailer and into the water without the need for a dock. Ideal for exploring underwater environments without the need for a fully submersible craft, this one is composed of a buoyant above-water upper hull and two-person cockpit that provides 180º surface views and an inverted 1 1/2”-thick acrylic hemisphere below that provides two additional passengers underwater views. The upper cockpit houses controls for two horizontally oriented underwater thrusters that provide up to 6 knots forward/4 knots backward movement as well as 360º turns. While on land, each of the craft’s ground track systems are driven by dedicated 48-volt intercooled electric motors, enabling their heavy-duty rubber tracks to negotiate up to 30º gradients for convenient ocean, lake, or boat ramp-based water entry and egress. The tracks enable 360º axis turns, ideal for precise maneuvering. Two 24-volt lithium battery banks provide 110 hours of water operation.
THE 120 MPH ELECTRIC CAR ($200,000)
This electric car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds to a top speed of 120 mph in one gear with no shifting thanks to its two electric motors–smaller versions of the same kind found in diesel-electric locomotives. No wider than most motorcycles at 39″, it can fit in a 6′ half-lane with more clearance than a semi-truck in a full 12′ freeway lane, enabling you to negotiate traffic congestion where lane splitting is permitted. Its small size eliminates the need for parallel parking as it can park perpendicular to a curb without the need for a full space. The driver and passenger sit in tandem front and back seats that use four-point pilot seat belts with inertia reels, similar to harnesses found in race cars, yet are easy to use. The car’s chassis is made of stainless steel, and the chrome moly roll cage meets Sports Car Club of America racing standards for safety. The body panels are made of carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass, and its side impact bars offer four times the protection found in typical SUVs. The car’s unique stability is derived from its low center of gravity, created by 1,100 lbs. of batteries under the floor, giving it a rollover threshold equivalent to a 5-star National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rating found in the lowest-slung sports cars. It has front and rear disc brakes and coil-over shock absorbers. The car generates no emissions and operates from a set of lead-acid batteries that can recharge using any service up to 50 amps, providing enough power for a range of 40-80 miles.
THE WORLD’S MOST REALISTIC RACING SIMULATOR ($185,000)
This simulator provides riders with the most realistic car racing experience available. Selected by Ford Motor Company to demonstrate ride experiences, the simulator uses linear servo actuators that cause its suspended, monocoque fiberglass chassis to roll, pitch, and rotate 360° at up to 0.5G acceleration. Reproducing actual racing conditions such as entering a turn at 200 MPH or moving up a bank in the slipstream of an opponent, the chassis’ front dips when braking at hairpins, pushes forward when accelerating during passes, and rumbles when driving on an apron, all while a driver up to 300 lbs. is secured by an actual racing seat, seatbelt, and doors. Its two paddle gear shifters, steering wheel, accelerator, brake, and clutch—all from real race cars and modified for simulator use—provide rapid gear changes and provide adjustable travel for optimal realism. The force-feedback steering system generates 10x the forces of lesser simulators. Providing 12 race cars that include stock, GT, F1, and F3 models, the simulator replicates precise backgrounds for 16 short, tri-oval, or road courses, ranging from Joesville Speedway to Nuerburg on a 108″-wide, triple HD monitor display with a 500-watt audio system.
THE ULTIMATE CONNOISSEUR’S VAULT ($155,000)
Made in Germany by Döttling, famed manufacturers of luxury safes since 1919, this is the ultimate home vault with secure, dedicated storage for those with refined taste. The three-door vault has a main safe (only accessible by a key pad combination) with eight integrated watch winders—each one individually controlled by software that sets the direction of the rotation. A suede-lined jewelry drawer provides separate, organized storage for rings, necklaces, and bracelets. A humidor drawer is lined with Spanish cedar and has an electronic humidification system with a hygrometer and barometer made by Wempe—crafters of precision maritime instruments for 135 years—that ensure your Cohíba 1966 Edición Limitadas are stored at the ideal 70% humidity. A two-door safe at the top, both with individual stainless steel dial locks, holds up to six watches on two winders. The vault is fortified with 2 3/4″-thick steel walls and 1″-diameter hardened steel locking bolts, it is waterproof and fireproof up to 1,994° F for one hour, and it can be connected to an established alarm system. The vault’s exterior is covered with supple, tufted Italian calfskin.
WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE 24k GOLD SURFBOARD ($140,000)
This iconic design hailed the dawn of the shortboard era, allowing man to experience the primordial energy of the ocean from deep within the vortex of the wave. Not only beautiful, the Aureus remains a fully functional surfboard, hand-built to the highest standards of traditional craftsmanship. The incorporation of 24 Karat gold throughout the board’s construction marks a world first in surfboard manufacturing techniques. This unique process has been developed by and is exclusive to LUX surfboards.
Lavishly hand gilded with 24 kt gold leaf enhancing the subtle weave of the fibreglass and imbuing the curves of the Aureus with delicate luminosity. The Aureus is finished in typical styling of the era. Its deck features a triple 24 kt gold leaf elliptical pin line design, while the hull boasts a glassed-on 24 kt gold gilded fibreglass fin and hand-cut 24 kt gold gilded LUX icon.
THE WORLD’S FASTEST AMPHIBIOUS CAR ($135,000)
This is the world’s fastest amphibious car, speeding over the water at 44 mph and reaching 80 mph on the road. Powered by a 300-hp Honda engine, it operates like a regular vehicle on land with four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, lights, turn indicators, and a folding windshield. When it’s time to enter the water, a built-in hydraulic wheel retraction system raises the wheels above the bottom of the hull. The patented transfer case redirects the engine’s power to the Panther pump jet—the same marine propulsion technology used in personal watercraft. The steering wheel controls the vectored thrust of the pump jet for easy maneuvering over the water. Filled with 32′ cu. of U.S. Coast Guard-approved closed-cell foam for maximum buoyancy, the composite fiberglass hull partners with the car’s lightweight chromoly chassis and long-travel off-road suspension to provide a strong, resilient body that absorb bumps while coasting over waves or rough roads. Four foam-padded, stainless steel off-road suspension seats covered in marine vinyl allow use in fresh or saltwater. Its 26-gallon gasoline tank provides a 160-mile range.
ORCINUS ORCHESTRAL DIGITAL GRAND PIANO ($105,000)
This digital grand piano derives its curved, sleek design from the graceful yet powerful form of the Orcinus orca. Handmade in the United Kingdom to suit individual preference, from the polish of the exterior to the upholstery of the matching seat, each piano is crafted using components from German concerns Kluge and Renner, providers of the world’s best piano mechanics. This piano greets players with 88 Ivoplast and ebony keys to provide the same balanced hammer action as a concert grand, while beneath its dorsal fin-like lid, a world-leading 500-tone Roland audio processor suffuses each note with realistic acoustic character and nuance that only the truly perspicacious performer can discern is digitally modeled. Five built-in speakers that make up its 200-watt audio system work in concert with a passive membrane built into the piano’s bottom that amplifies low-frequency sounds to replicate the sonorous silhouette of a wooden resonance board. Two XLR output jacks, four MIDI ports, and two USB ports enable computer interoperability and recording.
LIFE-SIZE TYRANNOSAURUS SKELETON ($100,000)
Spanning 40′ from tail to snout, this is a life-size replica fossil skeleton of Stan, a Tyrannosaur first unearthed in South Dakota’s Black Hills in 1992. Each bone was separated from the others when discovered, fossilized over millions of years with little-to-no distortion or crushing, making him the most complete (190 bones) male Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. This museum-quality replica is expertly crafted using GI-1000-grade silicone molds that impart stunning, authentic detail to the polyurethane resin casts that faithfully preserve the healed injuries Stan suffered during life, including a broken neck and ribs as well as puncture wounds in his skull and lower jaw. Supported by a cleverly concealed steel structure, Stan can be customized into any anatomically possible pose desired by a complimentary assembly crew, whether vertically at 15′ tall as if surveying the landscape or horizontally at 12′ tall as if lunging for prey.
CAMARO Z28 WATKINS GLEN RACEWAY ($85,000)
A genuine, full-size 1969 Camaro Z28 that incorporates a slot car track modeled after the legendary Watkins Glen International raceway. The classic race car retains its authentic magnesium Minilite wheels and lightweight steel body, and its blue exterior is emblazoned with original Penske and Sunoco logos. The recognizable #6 on the door, commemorates champion driver Mark Donohue, who steered the Camaro to six victories in 1969. To incorporate the two-lane track, the Camaro’s windshield, roof and seats were removed, making way for the 1/32-scale slot cars to navigate The Glen’s trademark 11 curves. The hand-carved wooden route, banked to facilitate maximum speeds, takes racers along the Back Straight, the Chute and the Boot, and its realistic details include a Valvoline billboard, quintessential Upstate New York foliage, and celebrating fans. A key fob turns the track on, while pushing on the door handle activates LEDs that illuminate the course. The included 12 slot cars are the embodiment of “muscle”, with models such as the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, and of course, the Chevy Camaro. Includes three hand controllers.
THE FLYING FIRE BREATHING DRAGON ($60,000)
This remote controlled jet-powered dragon soars through the air at up to 70 mph and belches propane-powered flame when on the ground. Proving its prowess before take-offs or after successful raids, the dragon’s LED eyes can be commanded to glow red while it emits a fiery 3′ blast of flame from a cleverly concealed (and flight-disabled) propane tank and igniter built into its toothy maw. A miniature turbine engine built into the beast’s chest provides thrust that exits the rear at 500 mph, and uses 1/2 gallon of jet aircraft fuel or kerosene for 10 minute flights. With a head that swivels in the direction of turns, the dragon can climb and dive via wing ailerons and elevators built into its V-tail rudder, controlled with the 2.4GHz radio remote. Four clawed feet each house a 3″-diam. rubber wheel for braking and steering while on the ground. Its aerodynamic outer shell is constructed from a Nomex core sandwiched between two layers of epoxy glass with internal structural formers made from high-grade plywood for lightweight and optimal flight performance.
GOLF CART HOVERCRAFT ($58,000)
This golf cart glides over sand traps and water hazards on a cushion of air as easily as it does over fairways and the rough. Powered by a 65-hp twin-cylinder Hirth engine, its nine-blade axial-flow ducted fan propels the craft up to 45 mph and 9″ off the ground without harming grass, allowing immediate crossing of a pond or stream to follow-up a cross-water shot. The fan’s streamlined design minimizes noise, speeds up an 18-hole outing, and conveys four passengers beneath a lift-up roof and two golf bags in an open rear compartment. Motorcycle-style handlebars steer the craft, controlling its patented fly-by-wire reverse thrust system, which provides braking and backwards hovering up to 25 mph – the only hovercraft in the world to do so. Its low-profile, aerodynamic design minimizes air drag to maximize stability in crosswinds while its innovative skirt system employs individually handmade segments to provide optimal anti-plow and -scoop performance. The craft’s fiberglass composite and urethane foam composite hull meets United States Coast Guard standards for reliable hovering over water.
BARBECUE DINING BOAT ($50,000)
This boat includes a built-in barbecue grill, umbrella, and trolling motor that provides waterborne cookouts for up to 10 adults. The boat’s 24″-diam. steel charcoal grill is surrounded by an ABS table with 10 place settings that each have a recessed plate holder, three beverage holders, and silverware tray. Six compartments beneath the ABS seats store food and supplies for all-day cookouts. The 11′-diam nylon umbrella can be retracted when using the grill. Its 30-watt electric trolling motor enables operators to maneuver up to 2 1/2 mph through calm water and alongside docks for loading/unloading. The motor’s four rechargeable batteries provide up to eight hours of continuous use from a 10-hour charge.
PROFESSIONAL HOME MICROBREWERY ($45,000)
An automated brewing system used in professional microbreweries, this version is scaled for the home brewmeister. The Heat Exchange Recycling Mash (HERM) system creates a refreshing lager, a spirited Hefe-weizen, or a full-bodied stout by simply entering a recipe via an integrated touch screen computer. A 15-gallon hot liquor tank with a built-in heat exchange raises strike/sparging water to the ideal brewing temperature and automatically circulates it to a 15-gallon mash/lauter tun that extracts sugar from the ground grain, or mash. When the extraction is complete, the liquid is pumped to a 20-gallon boil kettle where the mash is converted into the final wort. During the boil, the system reminds users to pitch hops according to the recipe entered. After the boil has finished, the wort is cooled as it is pumped from the boil kettle to a free-standing 14-gallon stainless steel fermentation tank, and the unit signals when it is time to add yeast. Electric level sensors, gauges, and temperature detectors relay information back to the computer, providing accurate, real-time monitoring of the brewing process. All receptacles as well as the 30″ H x 96″ L x 28″ D mobile worktable are made from industrial-grade 304 stainless steel. Includes 15-lb. grain mill, eight reusable 5-liter mini kegs, two 2-liter growlers, six 19-oz. dimpled beer steins, and mash tun mixing paddle.
HOT TUB BOAT ($42,000)
This electric boat features a hot tub built into its deck. Engineered and built in Seattle, WA by a marine carpenter that specializes in custom house boats, the craft’s Vinylester hull is topped with a slatted deck handcrafted from African teak. The hot tub measures 8′ L x 4′ W x 24″ D and is positioned on the boat’s center of buoyancy, providing the boat exceptional stability. It drafts only 20″, even when filled with its maximum load of 2,100 lbs. of water and six adult bathers. An integrated diesel-powered boiler with an adjustable thermostat heats the tub’s water to a maximum 104° F. A waterproof stereo system plays music from your MP3 player through two flush-mounted 50-watt speakers that pop-up from the deck. Four ice chests built into the deck provide ample storage for your preferred libation with additional storage compartments fore and aft. A teak swim step provides easy entry into and from the surrounding water. A 24-volt electric motor propels the boat up to 5 mph on calm water, steered via a joystick by a bather located starboard/aft. Its rechargeable battery bank provides up to 10 hours of power from an overnight charge using its built-in Smart Plug shore power connection and on-board chargers.
THE ROBOT BARTENDER ($25,000)
This computerized mixologist is found at country clubs, stadium luxury suites, and fine hotels that automatically makes perfect cocktails at the touch of a button. The touchscreen interface allows users to quickly select drink categories such as neats, martinis, and tropical drinks, search alphabetically, or choose a spirit, and it searches its 600-drink database for matching cocktails. Users can view any cocktail’s ingredients, invent new libations, and customize traditional cocktails by adding or omitting ingredients, increasing liquor proportions, and adjusting drink size. The unit holds up to 16 750 ml or 1 litre bottles of spirits (not included) and 12 mixers (included) such as tonic water, cola, and lime juice. An ice bin accessible from the countertop holds up to 20 lbs. of ice and a built-in garnish tray keeps blue cheese olives and lemon twists close at hand. The cabinet is made from stainless steel or metal and wood veneer, the countertop is quartz, and the four casters enable easy relocation.
THE BIONIC BOPPER CARS ($17,000)
These motorized boxers are controlled by two drivers who battle to deliver chin-lifting uppercuts for victory. Similar to bumper cars, a driver up to 300 lbs. sits inside the robot’s protective steel cage cockpit and uses a thumb-triggered button on two independent joysticks to activate two pneumatic-powered, tire-tread-fisted arms, which throw upward punches at an opposing robot’s head. A successful hit sends an opposing robot’s head back, scoring a point. A Honda gas engine powers each robot’s hidden wheels up to 3 mph for forward, backward, and left and right spins, required for maneuvering into position for a scoring punch. Each vehicle has a bumper that keeps sparring pugilists at the optimal distance for scoring. A front-mounted display in each robot’s mid-section tallies successful scoring punches. Its fuel capacity provides up to five hours of uninterrupted bouts; a built-in rechargeable 12-volt battery provides power for the electronics.
CLIMBING WALL TREADMILL ($9,500)
This climbing wall features a continuously revolving face that enables endless vertical climbs. The face of the wall consists of hand and foot-holds on individual panels that revolve like an upright treadmill, allowing climbers to scale to the height of Mt. Everest in their own home. The treadwall is motorless and powered solely by the climber’s weight, allowing climbers of all skill levels to climb at their preferred pace and stop without pressing any buttons. The wall adjusts from -20° to +5° from vertical, simulating overhangs or slab climbing, and the holds can be repositioned to four different locations on each panel for customizable whole-body workouts that build muscle or develop cardio fitness. An LED display on the frame shows time elapsed, distance climbed, and calories burned and the entire unit only requires the same amount of floor space as a treadmill.
LCD-4 AUDEZE HEADPHONES ($4,000)
The LCD-4, Audeze’s new reference headphone, is the result of dedicated research and development and advancements in materials science. It features amazingly thin nano-grade diaphragms and unique Double Fluxor magnet arrays for the most powerful magnetic flux density in existence, an incredible 1.5 Tesla! It also features a new comfortable suspension-type carbon fiber and leather headband and delivers breathtaking high resolution sound, imaging and transparency, with exciting dynamics. It sounds incredibly open in the midrange and treble, and coupled with Audeze’s powerful bass removes the boundaries between artist and listener. It outperforms any other in its class like electrostatics or dynamic driver headphones. The LCD-4 is the most advanced planar magnetic technology to date.
THE BUFFALO ICECYCLE ($2,500)
Developed in Buffalo, NY for fun, winter excursions across the frozen canals, this is the ice bike. The ice bike has a skate blade where a bicycle’s front wheel is typically located and four additional blades on the frame that surrounds the base of the bike. Pedaling rotates the studded rear tire and propels the ice bike forwards, turning the handlebars steers the front blade in the direction you want to travel, and pedaling in reverse slows the bike down and brings it to a stop. The 67″-long by 24″-wide base provides stability and eliminates the need for riders to balance. The blades and base are made from stainless steel to prevent rust and provide years of reliable transport during snowy Nickel City winters.