Hey gang, Valkor here. Ever since my first invite/attendance for The Luxury Technology show (Bradford Rand Luxury Event) back in 2013, it’s been a show I’ve always looked forward to since; it’s rare that I get the chance to play with some truly expensive toys and even though I know I won’t get much from it in terms of review units, it’s still a lot of fun. Actually that last line was a lie because the gang over at Ploom, whom I’ve met with at the Luxury Event, has made a few stops in the Val-Cave (ModelTwo and PAX). Well, it’s a new year and a new round of tech events, so to kick things off we’re making our first stop at The Luxury Technology Event 2015 in NYC.
Biosensors Lab – My first stop on the showfloor was BioSensor Laboratories, who were showing off some interesting items, which helps tests the safety of your food items. First up is Penguin; the idea of the product is to test how “organic” is your organic food by measuring how much pesticides are in the sample as well as antibiotics and other possibly harmful items that might be contained in your food. Simply place a drop of food onto the cartridge, slip that cartridge into the Penguin unit, which will then give you a full read out of your item on its display. Next is the Fit Penguin, which will allow you to test how much salt, sugar etc your food items contain. Currently the Fit Penguin works only with liquid items such as soups and gravies and follows the same instructions as the Penguin where you apply a drop of liquid onto a cartridge, insert cartridge into the disk and wait for the read out to appear on your smartphone. I can see the product improving and I look forward to seeing it work with a larger, more solid sample.
Geneva – Walking onto the showroom floor, it certainly wasn't hard to miss the Geneva showcase; if the red carpet didn’t catch your eye, the booming speakers belting out some sweet, soulful beats would most definitely draw you in. First up is the Model XXL; this is an all-in-one speaker system that goes beyond just sounding awesome, but choosing the right color, looks like a sweet piece of furniture. It’s Bluetooth and Airplay ready, plus it opens up for handy storage of your media player(s), accessories and other related objects. Next up is the Model XL, which was where the awesome tunes were being piped through. The XL is similar to the XXL (minus the storage), which offers up the same features such as streaming and Bluetooth support plus a CD slot and touch controls. The XXL will run you about 3500 and the XL drops the cost to 2300 bucks. A bit out of reach either way, but one can dream of owning such awesomeness…
Da Vinci – After having tested a few vapes such as the Ploom and Vuse products, I don’t consider myself an expert on the subject, but I do enjoy the pastime. Enter Da Vinci, who offer a more luxurious and yet more discreet vape experience with the Ascent. To the untrained eye, the Ascent my look like a mobile device of some sort but upon closer examination you can see it’s something more. Twist the bottom of the Ascent to access the chamber where you can add either Da Vinci’s own blend or any product of your choice, close it up, light it up and enjoy. With the first few puffs of the Ascent I tried, I wasn’t sure exactly what was happening because I didn’t taste anything (I chose a berry type blend) and I didn’t see any smoke. But after the rep tweaked the heat and also informed me that the Ascent doesn’t produce much smoke, I was all in. Lack of smoke means there’s less on you plus it doesn’t make the use of the product so obvious. I can buy into that and if you like to learn more, clicked the name to take you to the company’s main page for more. But let’s see if the Da Vinci gang is brave enough to hang in the Val-Cave.
ClearView – As much as I’m not an expert on vapes, the same can be said about speakers; yet I know what sounds good to my ears and ClearView’s Clio doesn’t only sound pretty damn good (given the open environment of the Metropolitan Pavilion), but it also offers a new way to experience sound – through glass! Taken from the press release, Clio “employs a revolutionary new transducer made from ultra thin, slightly curved, and optically clear acrylic glass that allows it to disperse sound waves in multiple directions”. So a glass speaker… can that actually work? Absolutely it can and does! The Clio either connects through Bluetooth or you can plug your device directly into it. I didn’t run into any issues connecting to the system and playing back my media, and though the area around me was plenty loud, the Clio performed quite well.
IO Hawk – Personal mobility devices are still a big deal and eventually they’ll fully catch on where we’ll see them more and more in our daily lives (not unlike a Rascal...). If you take away the handle bars of a Segway and add the functionality of a skateboard then you’ll have the IO Hawk; at first glance it looked quite difficult to control, but after a few brief instructions, I totally got the hang of it. And if it weren’t for the crowded environment, I would have been all over the place. The IO Hawk can run up to 6 MPH and on a single charge you can get up to 12 miles. I can see how it can be a lot of fun, but I get the practical use too. I mean it would make my trips to the local market that much more interesting.
Below you’ll find a few more vids from around the showroom floor. But stay tuned as we’ll have more from future Luxury Event showcases later this year (I believe there may be two more events in NYC). And I look forward to sharing from this and other future events.