Promoted: 5 app-based things to learn while Miimo cuts your grass

Languages, cooking, coding, yoga… You used to have to sign up for long courses. Now, while Miimo increases your spare time dramatically, you can become a Sushi expert without leaving your deckchair…


Time is our enemy. It constantly flows in one direction, eating away at everything from the largest mountains to the smallest flowers – and we're no exception.

Depressing isn't it?

Still, there are a few ways you can cheat the great big hourglass – namely by getting things done, without actually doing them yourself.

Miimo is a great example. No longer must you waste hours tending your lawn, the little robotic lawnmower is more than happy to roll around and cut your grass, before heading back to its charging station for a nap.

Now that he's freed up some time, you can use it to improve your skills and your brain. Here's a smattering of app suggestions to get you started…

TED (£free)

This incredible app curates talks, lectures and presentations from the world's most fascinating, interesting and brainy people. From artists to magicians, to pickpockets and scientists, there's something here to inspire and educate everyone. Once you dive in, you'll be hooked, and there's no more beneficial way to spend time. Who knows, maybe one day you'll be on there yourself, lecturing about the breakthrough cold-fusion discovery you made while Miimo was cutting your grass.


OK, so technically this is a website, but we couldn't not include this in the list. Learning to code is one of the most useful skills you can have in this modern age and there's plenty of money to be made. Just look at the atrocity that was Flappy Bird for crying out loud. A rubbish game with terrible controls made millions. Just think what you could achieve with something actually worth playing. This could be your first step to the fortune you deserve.

Star Tracker (£free)

Did you know that Miimo is quiet enough to cut your lawn at night? Because he is. While you're out there marvelling at the little fellow trundle around your garden, you could also educate yourself with this incredible app which unlocks they mysteries of the stars. Point your phone or tablet at the sky and information about the constellations you're looking at bombards you – in real-time. As a robot cuts your grass. This is the future, man.

Daily Yoga (£free/in-app purchases)

You don't have to be in a zen garden in a Tibetan monastery to relax and become one with your body. Yoga, despite its relaxing appearance, is a great way to keep your body in shape, balancing your muscles and making sure everything's working as smoothly as possible. You'll soon feel the benefits of the regular stretches and poses. And you'll have the view of a beautifully manicured lawn to inspire you.

Yummly Recipes & Recipe Box (£free)

We need to eat. It's a simple fact that we're born knowing and shovelling delightful food into your mouth is one of life's greatest pleasures. Assuming it's not a soggy supermarket sandwich of course. Take the time to learn how to cook with this app, which features thousands of well-presented, user-curated recipes, and you'll never have to settle for mediocrity again. Feel free to bake Miimo a cake to say thanks. Also feel free to eat it all, given his lack of a digestive system. It's the thought that counts.