Seriously splurgy tech gifts: Bionic bike and more

Jennifer Jolly
Special for USA TODAY

If your startup got a whole heap of funding this year, you just cashed in a winning lottery ticket, or you just happen to have a little extra savings burning a hole in your pocket, you can really make a statement at this year's holiday gathering. Here's a look at some of the most splurge-worthy gadgets money can buy:

The DJI Inspire 1 drone is a relatively inexpensive prosumer-level drone carrying aloft a high-definition video camera.

You know that old saying "Go big or go DRONE," wait, maybe I just made that up. Either way, the DJI Inspire 1 will put your neighborhood on notice and make other drones run for cover. This beauty is equipped with a super high-res 4K camera, retractable landing gear and a sleek design that looks like something Big Brother has been cooking up in a secret lab. It's priced like a top secret government project too, at a whopping $2,899.

If putting an eye in the sky gives you vertigo and you'd rather keep your feet on the ground, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R will let you capture the world in stunning clarity. Sony packed a 24-megapixel lens onto a compact full-frame design and the result is an über-powerful photo machine with amazing low-light performance and an equally breath-taking price tag of $2,799.

Once you put a design file into this 3D printer, it whips up heated plastic into whatever you've dreamed up.

3D printing is capturing the imagination of the world — I mean how else can you conjure an item up out of thin air just by pushing a button? That's why the Ultimaker 2 makes us downright giddy. Once you put a design file in, it whips up heated plastic into whatever you've dreamed up.

With more than 100,000 free templates online, and an endless number waiting for you to invent them, there's no shortage of great things to make. It's like your own little factory that can pump out toys, tools, models, prototypes, and all kinds of other goodies, for $2,599.

Picobrew Zymatic promises to automatically brew beer.

If crafting the perfect draft is more your creative outlet, the $1,599 (for a limited time through their Kickstarter page) PicoBrew Zymatic promises to automatically brew beer in four hours and stands in as a sous-vide machine. It also features a predictive recipe tool for those of you with an inventive streak, and it'll keep your homemade creations from getting completely out of hand. The final product — assuming you put the correct ingredients in, of course — is some seriously tasty suds that'll make you think you're seated at a quaint little pub.

The Rogue C6 is smarter than the car in your driveway.

Need to get away? The Rogue C6 is a bionic bicycle that's probably smarter than the car in your driveway. Integrated lights in the seat post and handlebars, iOS connectivity to show speed, cadence, elevation, and navigation, and a super lightweight carbon fiber frame put this two-wheel speed demon in a class of its own. For $1,950 you get a Shimano Alfine hydraulic brake system, eight-speed gearing, dual platform pedals that accept both cleats and shoes… oh, I'm sorry, was I swooning?

I certainly would be behind the wheel of one of the ultimate luxury gadget gifts: The latest Tesla Model S. This seriously connected car gets the most range of any electric car on the market, 60mph in less than five seconds, and grippy, balanced handling in the turns with the Performance Plus trim. It comes equipped with a new driver assistance system that helps you safely change lanes and feature adaptive cruise. Of course, such luxury comes with an equally flashy price tag of $70,000 and up.

For some of us, taking Apple's new 5K Retina iMac for a spin is also a major thrill. The HDTV in your living room has a little over two million pixels, and it looks pretty darn great, right? Apple's new 27-inch iMac has 14.7 million. Everything from photo editing to watching Netflix movies takes on a whole new level of awesome when you're doing it on the highest resolution screen Apple has ever created, and it's more than worth the $2,499 starting price. Yes, it's probably overkill for anything less than rendering a new Pixar movie. But that's the point, right?

Once all the holiday hubbub dies down you're going to need some motivation to get back on your feet, and the Stir Kinetic standing desk makes it easy to stretch your legs while you're doing your daily desk duties. With a splurge-worthy price tag of $3,890, the Stir is a beautiful piece of furniture with the brains to make you healthy. I first reviewed it this time last year and it just keeps getting better. It has a built-in thermal sensor which can easily determine whether you're standing or sitting. The Stir desk's key feature is its "active mode" that lets the desk and its automatic motors decide when to raise and lower, transitioning you from sitting to standing without you even having to think about it.

What you will have to think about is which of your favorite movies you want to rewatch on Samsung's jaw-dropping 78-inch 4K UHD curved TV. It's absolutely massive, super sharp, and the curved display pushes you into the picture like no TV you've seen before. It features smart upscaling technology that brings all of the HD movies you already own up to 4K quality, so you're going to have plenty to watch right from the start. That's a good thing, because at a whopping $6,999 you probably won't want to be re-buying all your movies again, too.

For splurge that fits in your pocket you can add some serious security to your personal finances with the Biometric Wallet. This carbon fiber capsule secures all your cards, identification, and cash behind a fingerprint sensor that opens for you, and only for you. You can even set up your smartphone to alert you when the wallet leaves a designated range, so you'll never have to fear accidentally leave it on a bar stool checkout counter. And, these serious smarts come at bargain-basement prices compared to everything else on this list. This smart wallet will only set you back $499.

Of course, if you've already picked up all of these opulent items you could take a look at being a fighter pilot for the day, a diamond-encrusted iPhone, or Ural, the absolute best thing on three wheels. The sky's not even the limit anymore, after all.

Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Award-winning consumer tech contributor and host of USA TODAY's digital video show TECH NOW. E-mail her at Follow her on Twitter @JenniferJolly.