Triby is billed as a "connected speaker for the kitchen," which aims to "bring families together through music and communication." Confused? Intrigued? A bit of both?

Housed inside its curious design is a Bluetooth speaker, IP telephone, speakerphone, internet radio and message board - which sounds like a recipe for disaster, but thankfully Triby manages to do all those things extremely well.

As mentioned previously, Triby is pitched towards communication and sociability. You stick it to your fridge - which is often seen as the heart of a household - and use it connect with the people around you. Back home late tonight? Just access the Triby app on your smartphone, and scribble a note for your loved ones. The message will appear on the 2.9" high-resolution e-paper display, along with a really awesome flag on the side of the speaker. Anyone with access to the app (and with the correct permissions) can see those messages (with full history), which brings the Triby out to the real world too. At first, I wasn't sure the message service would get much use, but boy was I wrong.

Listening to music is made easier if you have a Spotify account, but with the ability to stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled device, all you'll be missing out on is the play/pause buttons on the Triby. Not a big deal given how nice the speaker sounds (great clarity and volume). The radio side of things is handled by the app - giving you access to hundreds and hundreds of stations from across the world. Again, not much to knock here.

With Triby placed firmly in the kitchen, its speakerphone is for all you budding cooks out there. The idea is that once you've paired it with your phone, you'll be able to chop those onions whilst simultaneously telling all those telemarketers that you're not interested in taking out a loan. I must admit, this isn't the sort of function that I'd often use, but in testing I found the call quality to be impressive, as well as the range.

Lastly, we have the secret weapon: the Voice-over-IP (VoIP) network. It allows you to make calls between the Triby and the app (and vice versa) - assuming all devices are connected to the Internet, of course. It's a neat feature, which feels a bit like a super fancy intercom system.

All of this will cost you in the region of £160, which is actually pretty reasonable given just what you get in return. Gadget of the week? Easily.