20 gadgets that make life simpler

Every day, we come up against annoying things that no one has ever found a way to resolve which works all the time. But in some cases, thanks to human ingenuity we are moving towards this. Here are 20 inventions which are guaranteed to make your life a little bit more simple.

The pre-heated knife

This pre-heated electric knife cuts straight through cold butter even if it’s only just been taken out of the fridge. You’ll waste less time making toast in the mornings!

The Wi-Fi pen

Everything you write with this pen on paper appears immediately on your computer screen.

The notice board without pins

All pieces of paper on this notice board are held in place by static electricity.

Steel cooling tablets

These tablets are made of solid stainless steel, which is the same material used to make most medical and dental tools as well as kitchen utensils. They therefore don’t deposit anything in the water as you cool it down.

Heating balls

The Throbber Heating Ball can be used to heat up any liquid in which they are placed.

The jelly cloth for cleaning hard-to-reach places

The socket cover shaped like a cat for your phone


Like plasticine, this stuff takes any shape. Then it dries, hardens and remains stuck to any surface. It can therefore help to fix or improve a whole number of objects used around the house.

The suitcase-bedroom

Designers Roberto de Luca and Antonio Scarponi have developed a suitcase design which turns into a ’personal space’ with an area of 4 metres squared, which includes a bed, table, chair, cupboard, light and privacy screen.

A rocking chair for charging your iPhone or iPad

Swiss company Micasa Lab has come up with an environmentally friendly way to charge your iPhone: the movement of this rocking chair generates energy which charges your telephone. You have to rock back and forth in the seat for around three hours to charge your device.

The Moveo fold-out electric scooter

This electric scooter can be turned into a suitcase with a weight of 25 kilograms. The scooter can travel at a maximum speed of 45 kilometres an hour.

The magnetic egg which makes a nest from paper clips

The device which sorts sweets by colour

This device determines the colour of sweets, measuring their colour on a green-red-blue scale. It can sort 37 sweets a minute.

The mask which controls dreams

Inside the mask there are light emitting diodes. The light up in a defined order, creating patterns before your eyes. This can help to determine the nature of your rest.

The cup which squeezes tea bags itself

This cheerful plastic shape for cooking a fried egg

All you have to do is make sure the yoke falls in the ’sun’ part of the shape, then the egg white will naturally spread where it’s supposed to.

The five-tipped pen for writing music

The plastic box with a timer

This will help you combat habits — it doesn’t open for a defined amount of time typed in to the timer on the lid.

The flower pot which never falls over

The multi-function cooking utensil