Useless Christmas present ideas or a stroke of genius?

Like a great many tech fans, I’m always on the look out for interesting, innovative new gadgets.  I just spotted the following two products on the Expansys website but cannot decide if they’re totally pointless or the workings of a crazy genius. I believe we’ve covered then some time ago, but I’d love to hear your thoughts..

Useless Christmas present ideas or a stroke of genius?


iKettle WiFi Stainless Steel – £89.99

If your boiler can be automated these days, why not the kettle?  This gadget allows you to use your smartphone to turn your kettle on.  Not only that, but it will actually tell you once it has boiled, will remind you to refill the kettle if it is empty, has an automatic alarm mode for turning the kettle on, and will also let you choose the temperature if you don’t want it to reach 100C.

If boiling water wasn’t enough fun, it also has a ‘game mode’: using the associated app you can battle your significant other to see who makes the best brew.

Details are here.

Useless Christmas present ideas or a stroke of genius?

Kit4 Bluetooth Gloves – £19.99

It is a serious first world problem – how can we be expected to answer the phone when we’re out and about when wearing gloves?  Admittedly some phones have a feature that solves this, but these dashing British racing green gloves, made from real wool (yes, REAL wool) might be the answer you have been craving.  They are rechargable and you can use the touchscreen of your phone whilst wearing them or, even better, press the phone button and answer a call from your glove.  Better still, they have a microphone built into one finger and a speaker built into your thumb, so you simply need to hold the glove to your ear and speak into it.  Absolutely no chance of looking like a burk with these on then…

Details are here.

 

It is worth noting that these products are available in a range of colours from a variety of different shops, so if you tempted by these, shop around first.

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