As a wise man (probably) once said, having the right tools for the job is half the job itself. But these days, that means more than just a few screwdrivers and a rusty old hammer.
A quality multi-tool will always be at the heart of a man’s DIY arsenal, but today’s tech market offers a mind-blowingly vast suite of electronics, apps and other assorted whatchamacallits designed to simplify everyday life.
But while other sites might try to convince you that a combined radio-toaster is a must-have, or a mask that straps TV remotes to your face is not to be missed, we’re on hand to shed light on the gadgets actually worth the gravy.
It’s about time domestic life caught up with the kind of gadgets futuristic movies have been promising us for decades. We may have to wait a little longer for androids that can do the ironing or retina scanners to replace door handles, but there is still some must-have tech in existence that will level-up your home life.
A smart speaker is the centrepiece of any technologically advanced home. From Sonos One and Amazon Echo to Google Home and Apple HomePod, these small-but-mighty sound machines don’t just play tunes; they manage your diary, boil your kettle and order your pizza. Who needs other humans?
Too far from home to threaten thieves with a baseball bat? Tell intruders exactly where to go with a smart security camera that keeps you updated on movement in any room via a smartphone app and lets you communicate directly through a built-in mic. Or just use it to ask someone to check how much milk is left in the fridge.
Or more accurately, a small, puck-like contraption that scoots around the place, eating up dust, dirt, pet hairs, crumbs and anything else in its wake. Fitted with intelligent sensors and designed to reach nooks and crannies you never knew existed, it’s now possible to clean under the sofa without even getting off it. The dream.