Matt Farrington-Smith
13/05/2011 12:50 | By Matt Farrington-Smith, editor, MSN Tech & Gadgets

The ultimate time saving gadgets

Hotmail searches for the Ultimate Time Saving gadget.


Lisa Rogers poses with the winning entry, the 'Hairwush'

Lisa Rogers modelling the winning entry, the 'Hairwush'.

We all agree that there's not enough hours in the working day so to that end Hotmail ran their own Ultimate Time Saver Competition.

The competition asked Hotmail users what they would invent to claw back those extra minutes from their daily lives and ultimately save the most time.

Over 8,000 people across the nation entered the competition in a bid to win a whopping £10,000 and see the fruits of their labour fully-realised with a working prototype courtesy of our team of inventors.

On the judging panel were esteemed members of the tech world including Lisa Rogers (of Scrapheap Challenge fame), Belinda Palmer (Lady Geek), oh and this here editor - hello.


The judges were wowed and bedazzled in equal measure throughout the competition, with entries ranging from a fridge calculator designed to recognize the contents of a fridge and provide recipes with the available ingredients. To a cross between an exercise bike and an office chair known as an 'officycle' and a wheelie bin that takes itself out.


Chloe Eyre from Bedfordshire bagged the big prize with her beguiling 'Hairwush' contraption. Chloe's 'Hairwush' time saving invention was designed to wash, condition, dry and brush your hair in one go.

Hotmail Product Manager, Bryan Saftler, said: "We were blown away by the quality of the entries and it was hugely difficult to whittle down the 8,000 entries to find the winner. We are obviously a creative nation looking for cool ways to save time so we can focus on the important things in life."


Alongside the competition Hotmail ran a survey that polled 2,000 people to find the Ultimate Time Saving inventions ever.


Hotmail's survey revealed that:

Northerners vote the washing machine as their ultimate time saving invention whereas Southerners favour their PC/laptop.

As a nation of tea drinkers the survey identified Wrexham as the tea capital - With more than one in ten (12%) voted the kettle as the ultimate time saving invention.

Both sexes agreed that a watch that freezes time would be the ultimate time saving invention of the future.


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