food
McDonald’s Will Test Home Deliveries This Summer

McDonald's, the Burger chain that would prefer to be called a restaurant, is preparing to jump on the home delivery bandwagon (or bike) this summer, with its UK boss saying he's in the process of issuing the orders to get a Big Mac through the letterbox system up and running. Read More >>

internet of things
Great, Soon You’ll Have to Mow the Bloody Smart-Carpet

A carpet that connects to your Wi-Fi so it knows the time of year and temperature and can adjust the length of its fibres accordingly is but one idea dreamed up by a group of forward-thinking, beige-sky carpeting engineers, men and women tasked with the idea of thinking about ways in which floor coverings might one day be gadgetised. Read More >>

cool
Check Out the Floor Plans for the Homes of Popular TV Programmes

If you watch a TV programme long enough, the home becomes a character in itself. You start remembering the little details of each room, what scenes happened where, and start feeling like their home is just an extension of your house. Yeah, I remember the pool in Breaking Bad and definitely the dining table. Of course, I’ve been to Arrested Development's model home and done morphine at Mr Robot’s apartment. Here’s a collection of floor plans from popular TV shows like those. You’ll feel right at... home. [Homes] Read More >>

dyson
Autonomous Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum Set For June UK Release

Supreme Lord Dyson has finally got his home help robot together enough to give it an official launch date, with a new teaser of the autonomous vacuum suggesting it'll be on sale in the UK within six weeks. Read More >>

nintendo
This Question Block Light Has Nintendo’s Official Seal of Approval

There have been unofficial versions of this Question Block Light concept in existence for some time, now there's one made with the blessing of Nintendo, and therefore all the shapes and ratios and sounds are just right. Read More >>

Shopping List
The Best Spring Cleaning Gadgets

It's April already, and the weather is shifting well away from the misery of Winter to something more like Spring. The weather is getting warmer, the birds are coming home, and it's about time we got the annual spring clean over and done with. It's a big job, and it might take some time, but it doesn't have to be difficult. There are plenty of gadgets and bits of technology to make it easier, so here are the top picks. Read More >>

crime
Tomorrow’s Security Cameras Could ID Burglars and Address Them by Name

A report into the future of home security has made some bonkers leaps of the imagination, suggesting that the Internet of Things might actually find itself useful for once in identifying the criminals of tomorrow, live, as they root through your crappy old games consoles in search of one worth more than £15 at CEX. Read More >>

energy
British Gas’ Boiler IQ System is a 24/7 Doctor for Your Home

A new kind of boiler-monitoring system has been revealed by the fossil fuel enthusiasts at British Gas, one that has a range of embedded sensors inside it to monitor its health -- and radio back to base should an engineer be needed to unclog something with a straightened out coat hanger. Read More >>

design
This Portable Room-in-a-Box Lets Your Move House in an Instant

If you regularly suffer from itchy feet, you might need a room-in-a-box like this. Designed to make it easy to move from city to city with all the basics you need to set up home, the Travelbox is an experiment in nomadic living. Read More >>

appliances
Nest’s Big Solution for Smart Homes is Here and it Looks Great

We saw this one coming. Smart thermostat maker, Nest, is now ready to take over your entire home with a new protocol that lets all kinds of devices talk to each other quickly and seamlessly. It’s called Nest Weave. Read More >>

gadgets
Osram Lightify Offers Philips Hue Connected Lighting Features on a Tighter Budget

In my day it was all about distressed-look furniture and recycled storage space, but for the modern, tech-savvy Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen wannabe, interior design is all about connected lighting. Philips Hue is the most recognisable established name in the space, but Osram Lightify, from Osram (a German company with 100 years of lighting product experience under its belt) is well worth a look too, especially if you're working to a tighter budget. Read More >>

design
Cover Everything In Your Home With These Retro Video Game Wallpapers

Despite being called wallpaper, there’s no reason you can’t use these lovely retro video game wraps to cover every last inch of space in your home. In addition to walls, they’d look just as fetching on your floors, ceilings, and even as a stylish alternative to aluminium siding outside. Read More >>

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And Now Ikea is Making Sofas Out of Paper

This is about as Ikea as it gets. The Swedish flatpack furniture giant is in the late stages of developing a line of furniture that’s made out of paper. That’s right: paper. Not cardboard. This durable stuff is a fascinating composite of repurposed pulp that can be moulded into any shape. The craziest thing? It looks great. Read More >>

concepts
Ikea’s ‘Kitchen of the Future’ Predicts What Tech We’ll be Cooking With in a Decade

Smart home devices are still in their infancy right now, but for better or worse our regular household appliances are getting smarter at a startling rate. But where is this trend going to leave us a decade from now? Ikea's Concept Kitchen 2025 has a few interesting ideas. Read More >>