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ROBOMOW RS635 £2,799, JOHN­LEWIS. COM

If an English­man’s home is his cas­tle, then his lawn is his king­dom. The only thing is, mow­ing that king­dom can be a real drag. Roll for­ward the robot lawn­mower, above, which does chore so you don’t have to.

NFC RING £29.99, STORE.NFCRING.COM

Smart rings are of­ten just smaller, more-ex­pen­sive ver­sions of wrist-based fit­ness track­ers – but the NFC Ring is dif­fer­ent. You load it with in­for­ma­tion – such as your bank card de­tails, or a code for a smart lock – and the ring trans­mits the info via NFC (near-field com­mu­ni­ca­tion) when held close to a re­ceiver. James Bond would be proud.

PO­LAROID ONESTEP+ £149.99, POLAROIDORIGINALS. COM

The worst thing about smart­phones and dig­i­tal cam­eras has been the demise of photo al­bums. For all those who love col­lect­ing pre­cious mem­o­ries in phys­i­cal form, fear not. In­stant cam­eras are back and they are even bet­ter than they were in their Eight­ies hey­day. Tele­graph Rec­om­mended found the Onestep+ to be the best of the lot, cap­tur­ing snaps just like you re­mem­ber them.

ZUTAL ZUTALABS ROBOT PRIN PRINTER ZUTALABS. CO COM, PRICE TBC

Con­sid­er­ing C our com­put­ers c are get­ting g smaller and lighter, l isn’t it about time ti that print­ers did the same? This crowd­funded crowdfu gad­get is a fully pow­ered po printer that fits in the th palm of your hand. Sim­ply place it on a sheet of pa­per and let it draw out the page you’ve re­quested.

WICKEDBONE PRE-OR­DER FOR £76.16 (PLUS SHIP­PING), INDIEGOGO. COM

You can drive this re­mote con­trol bone from the com­fort of your home, us­ing your smart­phone – or sim­ply set it to run away on its own with­out your com­mands. Ex­er­cis­ing the dog just got that bit eas­ier.

ECOQUBE AIR £153, GETECOQUBE. COM

Ac­cord­ing to a 2010 study, green­ery in the work­place brings about a 37 per cent re­duc­tion in anx­i­ety, and a 44 per cent de­crease in hos­til­ity. The only prob­lem, as we all know, is the keep­ing pla plants alive is hard. ha What y you need is a d desk­top g green­house, above, a which d does all the w work for you.

MEURAL FRAME £ £599.99, FIRE­BOX.COM

Dig­i­tal photo frames have evolved from the pla­s­ticky mon­strosi­ties of the past. This frame, above, al­lows you to dis­play any­thing froma from a huge li­brary of art (or up­load your own); and the spe­cial screen en­sures it looks just like a real print rather than a dig­i­tal re­cre­ation. You can change the pic­ture by wav­ing your hand, or get in­for­ma­tion about the artist right there in front of you.

IROBOT ROOMBA 960 £750, AMA­ZON.CO.UK

Never again go through the bore­dom of vac­uum clean­ing; a robot can do your job for you in­stead. Dur­ing test­ing, our Rec­om­mended team found the Roomba 960 to be the most in­tel­li­gent and in­tu­itive prod­uct on the mar­ket, prais­ing its quiet­ness and ef­fi­ciency.

ANKI COZMO ROBOT £179.99, JOHN­LEWIS.COM

Cozmo the cute, pro­gram­mable robot grad­u­ally de­vel­ops a big per­son­al­ity as you in­ter­act nter­act with him. Then, by us­ing the ac­com­pa­ny­ing app, you can cre­ate your own fea­tures and load them into nto his lit­tle “mind”. It’s a en­gag­ing way of teach­ing chil­dren (and adults) the build­ing blocks of cod­ing – and it’s also good fun for all.

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