Scientists have invented a kettle that can be turned on by text message.

You can turn it on without getting off the sofa or on the way home from work by texting the words 'switch on'.

Orange joined forces with PG Tips to create the satellite kettle.

Called the ReadyWhenUR, the silver and black kettle is fitted with a radio receiver programmed with your mobile number, an electronic circuit and a tiny set of mechanical levers.

The high-tech gadget - inspired by animated inventors Wallace and Gromit - will be on sale from January.