Neato Botvac robotic vacuum cleaners: What the critics think

It’s uncanny how a manufacturer of vacuum cleaners either wittingly or unwittingly gave a new verb to the English speaking world to describe the chore of vacuuming. “Hoover up” became the chosen verb, rather than “Dyson up” or “Numatic the carpets”. Could it be that a brand new verb lies just beyond the horizon to … Continue reading Neato Botvac robotic vacuum cleaners: What the critics think

Review round-up: iRobot Scooba 450

We live in a world with robots. And we make them scrub our floors. Whilst you let that absurdity settle, consider the new Scooba 450 Floor Scrubbing Robot from the creators of the home robot category iRobot. Like its carpet cleaning cousin the Roomba, the Scooba is a pizza-shaped robot that only exists to make … Continue reading Review round-up: iRobot Scooba 450

Top 5 gardening gadgets for Spring 2014

As the icy fingers of winter begin to relax their grip and the daffodils poke their heads up only to get battered down by the gales, it’s inevitable that we begin to turn our thoughts towards the garden. Depending on your attitude to gardening this might be an occasion for joy or for dread. Fortunately … Continue reading Top 5 gardening gadgets for Spring 2014

Smart locks – threatening keys into extinction?

It’s true, keys are so last year. ITProPortal says it and so do we. The savvy way to lock your home and remain secure is with a smart lock. With a couple of taps on your smartphone or the click of a fob you can enter your home without they worry of losing your keys. This sophisticated … Continue reading Smart locks – threatening keys into extinction?

Google acquires Nest, but what is it and how does it work?

If may have come as a surprise to some when news broke announcing that Google had spent $3.2 billion (it’s not a surprise yet) on a company called Nest Labs, whose focus is on the eco-friendly future home and whose portfolio currently consists of a smart thermostat and smoke alarm (there it is). It’s the … Continue reading Google acquires Nest, but what is it and how does it work?

iGrill2: the Bluetooth ‘smart meat thermometer’

CES is upon us and device manufacturers are falling over themselves, eager to present the latest greatest in tech. But whilst we like to look at larger and larger television screens and faster computers, we really get excited when companies jam electronics in places no one had thought to put them before. Last year on … Continue reading iGrill2: the Bluetooth ‘smart meat thermometer’

Dyson Hard – a treat for hard surfaces?

Having previously developed a range of attachments and accessories to tackle the unique cleaning challenges posed by hard surfaces, vacuum specialist Dyson has today launched a new product specifically designed to help people with hard floors in their homes. Rather suggestively titled the Dyson Hard (DC56), this is the latest addition to the Wiltshire company’s … Continue reading Dyson Hard – a treat for hard surfaces?

Colapz, the UK’s first folding garden watering can

Like shears and lawnmowers, watering cans are an irrefutably necessary gardener’s tool. Despite the somewhat hoary ubiquitous popularity of watering cans, it has to be said that unless you’ve got an ample-sized shed, these big and bulky items take up way too much room. Watering cans are also one of those long-standing items that have … Continue reading Colapz, the UK’s first folding garden watering can