We all want to be able to blend the traditional with new, time-saving technology. This new AGA does just that – producing rustic home cooking, but with an in-built touch screen panel. Gone are the days of the unpredictable AGA and wasted energy on using two hotplates instead of just one – you can now control each hotplate and oven independently. The timers allow the AGA to work around your schedule, so it can be preheated when you come down for breakfast and when the kids come home from school.
Available from AGA (01225 335 237) 12 Widcombe Parade, Bath BA2, price on application
SmartSwipe Credit Card Reader
Allowing peace of mind and easy online shopping, this brilliant product helps make shopping more convenient and adds an extra layer of security. The SmartSwipe reader protects your personal information before it enters your computer, preventing any risk from software attacks. Easy to use, the reader automatically fills in those tedious information forms on your favourite shopping sites, making shopping quicker and easier. As the shopping sites update, so does your card reader, meaning it will never be behind the technological times.
Available from Firebox, www.firebox.com, priced at £80
Portable DVD Player
Brilliant for keeping children and adults occupied on tedious journeys, these lightweight seven-inch LCD screens give crystal-clear picture quality on the go. Suitable for all DVD’s and CD’s, they also have easy car mounts. Attach the players to the seat in front of you for hands-free viewing, without the risk of damaging your eyes or neck as a result of having the screen too close. With two hours of battery life it’s perfect for watching films, and with headphones included you can watch without disturbing anyone else in the car.
Available from Philips, www.shop.philips.co.uk, priced at £200 for two.
Film 2 SD Negative Scanner
It’s time to transform those boxes of tiny, indistinguishable photo negatives into pristine digital images. With this lightweight and portable scanner it is easy to upload them onto the in-built LCD screen, allowing you to keep any treasured memories, and discard evidence of the long-forgotten Mohawk! With no need for a computer screen to view the images, your photos can be shown to the most technology-repellent relatives, and the SD card can be easily transferred onto a computer for safe keeping. It takes mere moments to save an image.
Available from Firebox, www.firebox,com, priced at £110
The Rolltop concept offers a unique blend of functionality and convenience. Wrapped around a portable and handy tube, this lightweight, flexible computer screen can be transformed into a traditional laptop, a large touch screen tablet, or a screen for viewing your favourite films. The core tube acts as both transport and power device, with hidden USB cords for battery-only use, and a mains attachment for home use. Discreetly located around the device are traditional accessories, such as a webcam, loudspeaker and touch pen. The concept is making waves as it gets ever closer to reality.
More details at www.myrolltop.com
Stonebake Home Pizza Oven
Now you can finally achieve the perfect home-cooked pizza, avoiding burnt crusts, charred toppings and undercooked centres. With a grill above and a spinning stone plate below, this oven achieves pizza perfection after just ten minutes. If freshly made pizzas are out of your culinary league then this is ideal for giving a pre-bought frozen pizza that delicious Italian stone-baked flavour. With the viewing panel on the lid keeping an eye on your meal is simple, and the delicious smell of stone-baked dough will fill your home: you’ll never order takeaway again.
Available from Giles and Posner, www.gilesandposner.com, priced at £60
Printed in AREA Magazine Summer Special edition, June 2011.