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  1. Prefab Passive House on San Juan Islands
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    Prefab Passive House on San Juan Islands

    When two retired teachers decided to build a new home, they knew they wanted an energy-efficient, no-stress Passive House design that would support aging in place. The resulting 1,800-square-foot...

    written by: Monique Valeris
    08.14.14

  2. Smart Toothbrush Tracks Your Brushing Habits
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    Smart Toothbrush Tracks Your Brushing Habits

    For the people who use them regularly, fitness trackers give feedback that can be the difference between staying on the couch and getting up and going for a walk. It seems logical that the same...

    written by: Alexander George
    08.14.14

  3. Modern Gabled House in Portland
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    Modern Gabled House in Portland

    In Portland, Oregon, a designer creates an open, environmentally sensitive house for a client on a 5,000-square-foot lot.

    written by: William Lamb
    08.04.14

  4. Painting Your Walls? This App Will Help
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    Painting Your Walls? This App Will Help

    The camera in a tablet or phone is powerful enough to render high-resolution images of interior space, and this app uses that capability to pick wall colors. Starting with a photo of the room,...

    written by: Alexander George
    07.29.14

  5. Dyson Wireless Handheld Vacuum for Small Jobs
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    Dyson Wireless Handheld Vacuum for Small Jobs

    James Dyson made his name making high-end, beautifully structured, and functionally impressive vacuum cleaners. An offshoot from the typical canister and upright vacuums Dyson makes is its wireless...

    written by: Alexander George
    07.28.14

  6. LED Suspension Light for Illuminating Large Areas
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    LED Suspension Light for Illuminating Large Areas

    If the name Jake Dyson sounds familiar, he’s the son of the famous James Dyson, of vacuum cleaner and hand-dryer fame. Jake, however, made a name for himself with the CSYS desk lamp with a bulb...

    written by: Alexander George
    07.28.14

  7. Nasal Aspirator for Young Children
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    Nasal Aspirator for Young Children

    Caring for a young child is full of unglamorous but necessary practices, but this pediatrician-designed device is meant to make nasal care more hygienic and effective. Babies cannot breathe through...

    written by: Alexander George
    07.28.14

  8. Smart Kitchen Scale Is The New Food Journal
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    Smart Kitchen Scale Is The New Food Journal

    If the glut of fitness trackers available on the market is any indication, measurements and numbers motivate people. That fact works well for activity and movement, which can be easily monitored...

    written by: Alexander George
    07.22.14

  9. Wi-Fi Speaker System for Better Home Music Listening
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    Wi-Fi Speaker System for Better Home Music Listening

    Bluetooth speakers are fantastic for using outdoors or while traveling, but the wireless format compresses the data so that sound quality gets diminished. For listening to high-quality music at...

    written by: Alexander George
    07.21.14

  10. Smart Sous-Vide Cooker
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    Smart Sous-Vide Cooker

    Sous-vide (“under vacuum”) cooking means setting meat and vegetables inside a sealed bag and placing the whole thing in a container of temperature-controlled water. When done correctly, the result...

    written by: Alexander George
    07.17.14

  11. Whimsical Floating Lamps
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    Whimsical Floating Lamps

    Straight out of a sci-fi movie, Crealev makes lamps that use opposing magnets to float the top section in the air. The idea came from designer Angela Jansen and electrical engineer Ger Jansen, both...

    written by: Alexander George
    07.14.14

  12. 9 Modern Mobile Dwellings
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    9 Modern Mobile Dwellings

    From renovated Airstreams to futuristic cars, these roaming residences represent the past, present, and future of mobile living.

    07.10.14

  13. Streamline Your Home Office with These Products
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    Streamline Your Home Office with These Products

    Now that handheld screens have replaced messy stacks of paper, the new home office can be a minimalist cocoon of productivity and inspiration.

    written by: Alexander George
    07.10.14

  14. Essential Gadgets for the Modern Living Room
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    Essential Gadgets for the Modern Living Room

    Don’t overthink the process of creating ambiance in your living space: Today’s gadgets make kicking back a breeze.

    written by: Alexander George
    07.08.14

  15. This Device Helps You Find Your Missing Keys
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    This Device Helps You Find Your Missing Keys

    Shrinking circuits and displays means devices are easier to lose in couches and cars. When having a friend call your missing phone doesn’t work, you can use Tiles, matchbook-sized transponders that...

    written by: Alexander George
    07.07.14

  16. Streamlined Wood-and-Leather Desk Accessories
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    Streamlined Wood-and-Leather Desk Accessories

    Earthy materials like wood and natural textiles have been popular for making phone cases and even speaker housings. Such materials look wonderfully incongruous next to the glass and polished metal...

    written by: Alexander George
    07.07.14

  17. LaMetric Smart Display
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    LaMetric Smart Display

    When you’re surrounded by high-resolution displays, classic pixelation takes on a retro novelty, which is what makes the LaMetric notification display look so good in an office or bedroom....

    written by: Alexander George
    07.07.14

  18. Vessyl Smart Cup Tracks What You're Drinking
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    Vessyl Smart Cup Tracks What You're Drinking

    As fitness trackers evolve to become more autonomous and easier to use, tracking food consumption remains bound to basic journal entries that are easy to skip. For drinks, there’s now the Vessyl...

    written by: Alexander George
    07.07.14

  19. 7 Cutting-Edge Furniture Designs
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    7 Cutting-Edge Furniture Designs

    By harnessing the latest high-tech materials and innovations, like 3-D printing and nanotechnology, manufacturers are using science to create forward-thinking design.

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.05.14

  20. Digitally Fabricated Furniture by Dutch Designer Joris Laarman
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    Digitally Fabricated Furniture by Dutch Designer Joris Laarman

    Dutch designer Joris Laarman's futuristic furniture, on view at Friedman Benda gallery in New York through June 14, 2014, disrupts the traditional manufacturing model: Laarman's designs are...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    05.26.14

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