At the back of kitchen cupboards across the land, lurking away in dark corners, is an array of contraptions purchased or received with good intentions but now left unused, unwanted and quite likely unnecessary in the first place. Here's some that are much more than one-hit wonders - they're full of function and visual appeal so they can stay on permanent display.
Unless you're planning to emigrate Down Under, there's no way of avoiding the advent of earlier evenings; so why not embrace them instead? Make up a list of films as yet unseen and turn your front room into a snuggle-up cinema, with the help of the following nifty home cinema kits.
With the advent of digital technologies, there's no denying the way kids interact at break-time has changed. Thankfully though, one aspect of playground etiquette remains enduringly popular; comparing, swapping and collecting.
The past few months, you'd be forgiven for thinking the nations' hands were shrinking. In fact, smartphone sizes are simply getting bigger, as our insatiable appetite for content-on-the-go means rising sales of 'phablets' (that's phone meets tablet).
Apparently, there are enough LEGO bricks in circulation to allow every single person on earth to own 62 each. Indeed, there must be few of us who don't have fond childhood memories of playing with this addictive and iconic Danish brand.
Move over laptops, your reign is at an end. The march of the tablets continues apace, with their better battery life, constant connectivity, touchscreen access, lightweight nature and, of course, access to apps.
After three care-free and basically sun-drenched weeks of school holiday, it's suddenly time to think about the fast-approaching new term. To soften the blow for kids who may have become a little too accustomed to relaxation, give them one of these brilliant back to school gadgets to (hopefully) inspire their studies.
With the hype around the new Google Glass (a camera, display, touchpad, battery and microphone built into spectacle frames, rumoured to be launched later this year), the idea of 'wearable tech' is becoming ever more prominent. It's an idea that has amazed, baffled and inspired people in equal measure, but whatever your view, take a look at these slightly more accessible, but still brilliant, 'wearable tech' gadgets.
The technology of TVs refuses to stand still. After HD and 3D sets, there are now Smart TVs that can download everything from the internet direct to the big screen. Whether you want to stream movies, study google maps in extra detail or simply watch daft Youtube videos in grander glory, here are six of the best sets on the market.
A day out to the seaside should be - weather permitting - good enough as it is; but thanks to these nifty gadgets, it can be even better.
Maybe you take to two wheels to get from A to B, or maybe it's to get a little fitter - or maybe it's a combination of both. Whatever your reasons, these six gadgets are the perfect additions to your ride regime.
We are all aware that a daily exercise regime has profound benefits to our well-being, but, sometimes, boredom or fatigue can get the better of us and we veer off to the changing rooms a little early. Thankfully, there's a growing batch of brilliant fitness gadgets on the market, designed to make your work-out more fun, easy and - most importantly - effective.
Purse strings may be tight thanks to the current economic mess, and the kids might be about to make the break for that seemingly never-ending school holidays - but don't despair. Head to the nearest campsite and make the most of life under canvas. Even if this spell of decent (ish) weather doesn't hold out, these nifty gadgets will still make it worth your while.
The invasion of the smartphone into our lives can be largely attributed to the amazing number of applications on offer. Both iOS and Android platforms have a plethora of developers, from corporates to bedroom tycoons, pushing out all manner of fun for your phones. On the back of this success a new genre of gadget has been born; the appcessory - a physical device working in conjunction with an app to give you an added dimension to your phone.
Despite a very slow start to the summer, it feels like the sun might finally be coming - and staying - out. Be ready to let your kids make the most of it with these top garden-friendly toys.