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Sci-fi Gift Ideas For Friends With A Wealthy Science & Tech Freak

Sci-fi Gift Ideas For Friends With A Wealthy Science & Tech Freak

Are your pockets deeper than your affection for your best pal? Then these super-pricey sci-fi gifting ideas are definitely for you. If the budget has no limit, then the sky too has none. From space trips to underwater expeditions, this mega-expensive guide covers it all.

1. A trip to the International Space Station

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Vacations make great gifts, but why not pick somewhere more exotic than the Bahamas – The International Space Station? You can book a trip through Space Adventures. The exact price depends on the time of year and length of stay.
Price: A 10-day stay costs around $52 million, but spacewalks aren’t included — those cost an additional $15 million each.

2. Deep ocean exploration in a Triton submersible

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If you want to hit the deepest depths of the ocean — the bottom of the Mariana Trench 35,800 feet down, where only three people have visited — then the Triton 36,000/3 is the right buy. Triton says their projected build time is 24 months and prices start at $30 million. But Triton’s got other options too, like the Triton 3,300/3 — which starts at $3.6 million. It’ll take you and two other buddies 3,300 feet deep under the ocean’s surface.
Price: $30 million for a 36,000/3 submarine.

3. An ultra-expensive hybrid car

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Your friend’s got a need for speed? Then consider a hybrid sports car like Ferrari’s LaFerrari. This model combines chargeable electric motors with a roaring V12 engine. So while it can cut fuel consumption up to 40 per cent, it can still hit a top speed of 217 mph and go from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds. Ferrari has made fewer than 500 models of this car, so it might be hard to get your hands on one.
Price: $1.4 million.

4. A 12-foot-tall, 5-ton mech robot

A man looks at a giant "Kuratas" robot at an exhibition in Tokyo November 28, 2012. The four-meter-high, limited edition, made-to-order robot is controlled through a pilot in its cockpit, or via a smartphone. The four-tonne (4,000 kg) "Kuratas" can be customised in 16 different colours, and is armed with a futuristic weapons system, including a multi-rocket launcher that fires plastic rockets filled with compressed water.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

The Kuratas robot is about as close to an Iron Man suit, or re-enacting the giant robot battle in Pacific Rim, as you can get. Users can drive Kuratas from the control seat or direct it with a remote. It’s also possible to arm Kuratas (which sounds terrifying) with a rotary canon, a fireworks launcher, a ‘Kuratas handgun’, and a ‘pile bunker’, according to Suidobashi Heavy Industry which designed the robot.
Price: $1.3 million

5. A robotic performer for entertainment

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RoboThespian, a personal robotic entertainer, can greet guests at a party, tell them jokes in 30 different languages, and even perform a few songs. It’s one of the most advanced humanoid robots out there — it can even hold eye contact and make fluid, human-like gestures.
Price: $ 370,000 approx.

6. A giant jetpack to zoom around

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Martin Jetpack is a little bulkier than the jetpacks in movies, but it really works. A V4 engine and ducted fans (sort of like a helicopter) power the device, which can fly up to 30 minutes and reach a maximum altitude of 3,280 feet. Right now though, the company is marketing the jetpack to the military and to rescue operations from extremely tall buildings.
Price: $150,000.

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