The coolest gear from the Big Boys' Toys Expo
The United Arab Emirates are a hotbed of conspicuous wealth, which makes them the perfect location to host the annual Big Boys’ Toys Expo in Abu Dhabi.
This year’s chapter features some truly bizarre items - a BMW car that turns into a robot Transformers-style, and a throne made from AK-47 assault rifles, just for two examples - but also shows the way to a cooler, more luxurious, faster and/or technologically enhanced future.
The expo features around 200 exhibitors from 29 countries, and is expected to attract around 20,000 mostly high-net-wealth visitors. For the first time the Expo will also include a Women’s World section, reflecting the fact that among UAE’s 182,000 high net wealth individuals, around 25 per cent of assets are controlled by women.
Here are five of our favourite items to be displayed at this year’s show:
MTT 420 RR
Louisiana-based Marine Turbine Technologies’ 420 RR (which stands for Race Ready) is said to be the world’s fastest street legal production bike with a money-back-guaranteed top speed of 250mph (402km/h). It also has lightweight carbon fibre panels and fuel tanks, plus carbon fibre wheels and - thankfully - a steering stabiliser to help the rider cope at higher speeds.
Said to be the world’s first and only wristwear of its kind, the Senturion is a control module for your supercar - think of it as a stylish bracelet that can open and even start your Ferrari, Lamborghini or McLaren. Made in strictly limited quantities, the Senturion may be studded in more than 200 diamonds fused with rose gold and platinum, or can be uniquely customised to the owner’s wishes. There is even a suggestion your Senturion can be made out of genuine meteorite fragments, for interstellar bragging rights.
The Flike is said to be the world’s first manned tricopter - described as a ‘flying motorbike’, it could also be thought of as a super-sized drone that you can fly yourself, or operate unmanned via remote control. Its maker boasts airspeed of up to 100km/h, although limited to a ceiling of just 30m. Designed in Hungary and powered by a hybrid-electric drivetrain with up to one hour of flying time, it’s said to be a ‘luxury toy’ that will cost in the same price range as a supercar when it goes on sale.
Because getting cardio-fit at the gym can be incredibly monotonous, the folks at Holodia got to thinking about how virtual reality and augmented reality could relieve the boredom. Reputedly the world’s first real VR fitness software platform, the Holofit is described as a “spectacular experience” bringing elements of competition and gaming, social networking and - of course - performance improvement.
3D-printed musical instruments
New York-based Monad Studio makes futuristic-looking musical instruments using cutting-edge 3D-printing techniques - and by cutting-edge, we mean it literally because one wrong move and this two-string piezo-electric violin would probably take an eye out.
In other news, the Big Boys’ Toys Expo is expected to be the launchpad for Khalifa, a boat with so-called ‘supercar features’; C-10, claimed to be the world’s fastest supercar; and a plane said to be the world’s smallest and fastest single-engine jet.
The Expo runs from November 23-26 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.