Any pixel-pusher will tell you, it is a full time job keeping up with the latest web technologies never mind every other piece of emergent hardware and software that comes down the pipe. But each of these new toys has one thing in common though - they aim to make your life easier not harder. To most web developers, still wrestling with flaky browsers and more platforms than ever, this nirvana still seems a long way off.

However in the hardware world the boffins at Philips have put their rose-tinted beer-goggles on and have had a stab at offering us the house of the future. If you can't get to New York to see it you might want to stop by La Casa Prossima Futura.