Since Sony merged radios and cassette players into a single Walkman device, the world has debated the pros and cons of consolidating lots of devices into single units.
There are audiophiles who think that hi fi separates are the only way, while others applaud the neatness and usability multi-function midi-systems.
Can the cameras built into mobile phones ever compete with standalone digital cameras? And is it sensible to merge PDAs, phones, radios, MP3 players, cameras and now GPS all into a single device?
But now a new debate will rage: combining the toaster and the teapot!
That’s right, the nice people at Teapottery.co.uk (“home of the eccentric teapot”) are selling a single kitchen appliance that can simultaneously make your toast and brew your tea. (The descriptions on Teapottery and various gadget blogs aren’t clear whether it boils the water, or just brews the tea. I suspect the latter.)