5) OLO (from $99)
3D printers seem to be waiting to fully capture a mainstream audience, but we do like the idea of OLO. It’s cheap, portable, and it uses the light from your smartphone’s screen to print 3D objects.
Sensibly, it works with Android, iOS and Windows, and you can grab things to print from OLO’s library if you’re lacking in 3D software smarts. Our suggestion: print a ‘smartphone’, so you don’t get withdrawal symptoms when yours is tied up 3D printing all the time.
6) Riley (from $159)
What’s that? Another little robot pal that’s also a web-cam? Haven’t we seen dozens of these things?
We sure have, but Riley is adorable. It looks like Wall•E and EVE’s kid, trundling about on its colourful treads. Riley’s controlled remotely by your smartphone, heads back to its charger when thirsty for juice, can see in the dark, and has enough all-terrain smarts to tackle carpet and grass.
This tiny ’bot won’t be taking over the world just yet, though — like a DALEK, stairs are Riley’s ultimate nemesis.
7) ZeGoBeast Electric (from $199)
An entirely different kind of robot, ZeGoBeasts are how we imagine IKEA automatons would be, if IKEA was suddenly taken over by a branch from a hell dimension (or Boston Dynamics).
The strange bug-like beasts skitter about, with amusingly disarmingly cute ‘eyes’ when tablets are propped up on their ‘faces’. Their cartoonish expressions don’t fool us, though — we’re keeping a flamethrower handy, just in case.