It's got big numbers, only three buttons and knows exactly where you've been. Meet Nike's merciless Sportwatch GPS

When I first saw a GPS wristwatch, I was seduced by the idea that something on my wrist had a radio chip talking to things in space. It wasn't quite James Bond's laser Rolex - but it would do. Who cared that it was a huge, hideous rubber brick?

Even now, GPS wristwatches tend to be more like Weightwatchers 'Before' pictures than the 'After' ones - so Sportwatch GPS, made by Nike and TomTom, is turning a lot of heads.

It's light. It looks great. And unlike normal lap-timer watches, you CAN'T cheat. 

Nike's Sportwatch GPS

Nike's Sportwatch GPS is designed to be simple enough for runners to use on the go - it has just three buttons, and is far less mugger-friendly than holding an iPhone as you run. You can sync a Nike+ foot dongle so the watch can 'fill in' if you drop GPS signal. That may be a swoosh too far for some as it fits inside only Nike shoes. Built-in memory ensures it keeps track of your personal bests, and a little USB connector inside the strap lets you load your data to your PC

It's the size of a normal watch, and weighs just 66g, but offers fast, solid GPS capability - on test, it picked up a signal inside a building with a glass roof.

This, presumably, is TomTom's contribution, as the one-inch screen isn't ideal for functions such as pointing out nearby filling stations. Instead, it tracks speed, distance and calories burned with pitiless efficiency, saving them to PC via a USB link hidden in the strap.

Unlike previous fitness watches, which were often so complicated you half expected there to be a screwdriver in the box, Sportwatch GPS offers bulletproof simplicity throughout. 

NikePlus website

The ultra-clear black-and-white LCD display lights up when you knock on it - a welcome change from squeaking on your touchscreen with sweaty hands on iPhone.

Starting a run is as simple as hitting 'Run'. The watch even gives you 'Attaboys' (American for 'Good show!' or something similar), on-screen messages to congratulate you on your fastest miles, longest runs, and your fastest-marathon.

For those tempted to slack off, it also nags you if you haven't run for five days - although I imagine this may grate a touch if you've been stuck in bed with a nasty case of flu...

Due April,


Thinq's fridge

LG's Thinq range boasts futuristic LCD panels on their gleaming frontage

The 'smart home', packed with talking fridges and cyber-ovens, has been a staple of our domestic dreams ever since computers first developed voices to say, 'Please fasten your seatbelts' and 'I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave'.

Sadly, as is often the case - see also watch-phones - the reality looks set to be more down-to-earth.

LG's new Thinq range of home appliances are designed largely as cost-saving tools, using their robot brains to schedule your washing for the most cost-saving time of day. Whoop.

But the Thinq range at least boast futuristic LCD panels on their gleaming frontage, and offer common-sense features such as being able to check your oven is off via the internet.

You can get an alarm on your phone when it's time to take the chicken out of the oven - or even look inside your fridge via the web to see if you need milk.

An app store allows you to download more exciting functions as and when LG's mad-scientist department thinks of them.

And if it all seems underwhelming, you can at least watch LG's Hom-Bot robot vacuum cleaner scuttle about the floor, and dream of the robo-Jeeveses that might have been...

Thinq's washing machine

LG's Thinq range are designed largely as cost-saving tools, using their robot brains to schedule your washing for the most cost-saving time of day