New gadgets, devices and design solutions are becoming increasingly embedded in our daily lives, capable of making life more comfortable wherever we are and whatever we’re doing – cooking in the kitchen, washing in the bathroom, even when driving a car.

We’ve picked out 21 inventions that we think are seriously brilliant. You can’t help but wonder at the creativeness of their inventors!

20. The alarm clock mat: you have to get up in order to turn it off

19. A spray-cleaner for fruit

18. A video-recording contact lens

Sony17. The ironing board which doubles as a mirror

16. The solar-powered chaise longue

15. A bed which lets you snuggle

14. The nail varnish holder

13. The cucumber spiral slicer

12. The bedside table with a food tray

11. A net for drying your shoes

10. The exercise chair

9. A very comfortable paint roller

8. A ‘jelly cloth’ for cleaning hard-to-reach places

7. Batteries which can be charged in a USB port

6. The heatable knife which can cut through cold butter

5. The scooter which turns into a suitcase

4. The cyclist’s backpack which has a built-in safety display

3. A portable, solar-powered plug socket

2. A brilliant idea for small apartments

1. The exercise cycle of the future