Given this is a Bank Holiday Monday and during these national holidays we Brits famously turn our heads toward home improvement it seems appropriate to me to take a look at a few of the more unusual ways the latest tech savvy can be applied to your homes.
As if often the case, when it comes to thinking outside the box Philips (as shown by its annual Simplicity Showcases) tends to rein supreme and it has caught our eyes with a pair of swanky new appliances that may just make life a little more pleasant.
First up is one for the coffee drinkers. No longer will you be treated like second class citizens thanks to the company's rather ingenious 'Energy Efficient Kettle'. With the ability to heat water to a specific temperature incrementally between 40 and 100 degrees, the EEK (can't resist the acronym) is ideal for coffee and herbal tea drinkers while hot water bottles, heating baby bottles, cooking noodles and the like are all set to benefit from a life less scolding.
A Triple Action lime scale filter, Keep Warm function, concealed element and 360 degree base may seem like the icing on the cake in all this, but the real bonus is Philips estimates that by not boiling water every single time it needs to be heated the average family could save £20 to £30 per year. That incidentally is expected to be the cost of the kettle when it launches imminently.
Secondly we're on a health kick with the release of the 'HR1865 XXL Aluminium Juicer', an appliance large enough to swallow entire apples and juice them in under a second. A micro filter ensures both soft and hard fruits and vegetables are juiced thoroughly without the need to core or peel (bananas and oranges, excluded) while the whole appliance breaks easily into large pieces which can be rinsed under a tap or placed into the dishwasher.
A collect chamber at the back also holds all fruit and vegetable skins for easy disposal while a juice jug with capacitive units is provided to catch all the juice created and can store excess in the fridge if you get carried away. Lastly, a drip stop means once juicing has finished the funnel can be lifted to eliminate counter mess - it's the little things!
The new flagship in Philips' juicing range, the HR1865 is on sale immediately and online retailers are already slashing it to around £125 (approx £20 off its RRP).
Escapism over dear readers, it's back to the relatives for you...