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Ovens that cook your dinner without you having to lift a finger: welcome to the smart kitchens of the future

Around 48.5 million of us in the UK use smartphones, and this is expected to grow to 53.9 million by 2022. With technology increasingly taking over other areas of our homes – think Amazon Alexa, Nest, Google Home – the kitchen is quickly catching up, and it appears to be ­advancing in ways that you could never have previously imagined.

Wherever you are, with the tap of an app you can see what fresh produce you have inside your fridge, choose your dish depending on what ingredients you have, or switch on your oven and set the optimum cooking programme. By the time you’ve arrived home after a busy day in the office, your evening meal will be cooked with you having barely lifted a finger.