1 TOY ROBOT
UBTech Jimu Astrobot Kit (£190)
You can assemble one of three robots with this Lego-like kit, each fully mobile and equipped with an infra-red sensor to help it detect and interact with its environment. Best of all, it can then be programmed using the child-friendly block-programming app, opening limitless opportunities.
Nintendo Switch (£280)
While it can’t compete with the monstrous processing power or online multiplayer capacities of its rivals, this modular gaming tablet offers an entirely new approach to video-gaming, merging the Wii and the DS in a convivial hybrid. As a testament to its success, more and more non-Nintendo games are being released for the device and video streaming services are coming soon.
3 INTERACTIVE TOUCH-SCREEN PROJECTOR
Sony Xperia Touch (£1,400)
This impressive appliance is an early iteration of what might well become a common household gadget: a projector that turns any surface into an interactive touchscreen. This means you can annotate a presentation, play Flappy Bird in huge dimensions, or beam a recipe on to your chopping board and scroll through it with doughy fingers.
Panasonic Lumix GH5 (from £1,700)
This powerful camera has a limitless catalogue of impressive specifications: physical and digital image stabilisation, extensive weatherproofing and professional-standard 4K video capacity. Sleek and neat, it’s a mirrorless number that seriously troubles its SLR competitors, and could easily become the videographer’s weapon of choice.
5 WIRED HEADPHONES
Oppo PM-3 (£349)
If you prefer a reliable set of passive headphones to the flashy Bluetooth or noise-cancelling alternatives, this lush, brushed-metal, over-ear pair is a luxurious option. The balanced magnetic drivers are designed to emphasise deep tones, and the phones themselves are indecently comfortable.
6 SECURITY CAMERA
Nest Cam IQ (from £299)
For the vigilant and nervy among us, Nest’s IQ indoor and outdoor security cameras automatically identify human beings and even recognise their faces, alerting you via your phone. Add to that its infrared night vision, live warning speaker and multi-axis rotation, and you can turn your home into a cosy Orwellian utopia.
7 BUDGET SMARTPHONE
Motorola Moto G5 (£180)
A fingerprint scanner, a screen that is sharper than the iPhone 7 and a 13MP camera – all for the price of a few months of premium smartphone contract. There is no near-field communication (NFC) for Android Pay but, hey, think of that as another way to save money.