Multi-purpose Home Gadgets
Do more with less using these products – and free up more space in your home!
THE ADAPTER FOR ALL SMARTPHONES This adapter works with different phone ports. So if you’re a die-hard Apple fan and Hubby’s a Samsung supporter, this has jacks to connect each of them (one at a time) to the computer or charger head. It’s also a good travel buddy, with its minicompartment that keeps your SIM card safe while you use an overseas prepaid card. It even props up your phone so you can make Skype calls comfortably. Lifetrons High Tech Multi-tool Adaptor, 46 euros ($77.60), from www.lifetrons.ch
THE MOUSE THAT SCANS When you’re on the go and need clear soft copies of forms or signed documents, this mouse doubles as a scanner. King Jim Mouse-type Scanner, $139, from Stationery Superstore
A PEN AT BOTH ENDS What’s the big deal about a pen with a stylus at one end? You can use it to cajole your eight-year-old to practise her Chinese – make her write on a tablet with the digital pen, then let her use the stylus to create masterpieces in drawing apps like Paper (for Apple devices) or Sketchbook Express (for Apple and Android). If she prefers doodling in a sketchbook, there’s always the pen! Platinum Touch Pen & Ball-point Pen, $14.20, from Stationery Superstore
THE COOK’S HOT POT This deep-fryer also lets you stew, boil, pan-fry, steam, grill and stir-fry with it. Each function has a recommended temperature (99-240 deg C) and timing (15min to three hours), so you don’t have to guess. Just leave your food to cook – no need to watch over it. We love how it easily replaces an arsenal of cookware. German Pool 8-in-1 Deep Fry Cooker, $188, from www.honeybay.com.sg