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8 Eco-Friendly Homes in Los Angeles

Los Angeles isn't all mansions and superhighways. As these eight homes demonstrate, sustainability is within reach in America's second largest city.
November 12, 2014
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The Future is Here: Self-Assembling Furniture Powered by Mini Robots

Arranging and rearranging furniture isn’t uncommon, but what if your chairs and tables could anticipate your needs and reconfigure themselves? Roombots, a project from Ecole Polytechnique Federerale de Lausanne (EPFL) that was funded by the Swiss NCCR in Robotics, explores simple modular robots that create moving, self-assembling furniture.
November 11, 2014
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Quirky and GE Unveil Products That Will Make Your Home Smarter

Tech startup Quirky and GE, who officially announced their partnership in April of 2013, launched seven new products that seek to reinvent home security, outlets, switches, and sensors. With the fleet, the companies believe they have the potential to make smart home technology accessible. "Through partnerships, products, and our platform, we believe we'll finally connect the home," Ben Kaufman, Quirky's founder and CEO, stated at a press briefing.
November 11, 2014
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A 3-D Printed, Interactively Designed Lamp

LimeMakers, a Berlin-based 3-D printing start-up, wants to turn your photographs into a faceted lamp.
November 7, 2014
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Smart Detection System Prevents Home Water Damage

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth continue to spread to every household item, with safety monitoring systems getting particular attention. Wally is among the first devices to use that connectivity for moisture monitoring, which means it can help prevent potentially catastrophic water damage. It’s sensitive enough to even notice creeping mold. Available now for $300
November 7, 2014
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The Nest Thermostat's Improved Features

In the realm of home automation, Nest Labs has been leading the way for new products. For the version 4.3 software update for its popular Learning Thermostat, the Palo Alto-based company has developed new features to improve functionality and increase energy savings.
November 4, 2014
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These Tiny Hubs Will Make Your Home Smart and Safe

The Notion is among the recent home security systems that uses multiple types of sensors to monitor threats like water damage or burglary. The central hub connects to Wi-Fi and draws information from separate units spread throughout the house. It will be available in July 2015.
November 3, 2014
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Dyson Humidifier Will Keep Your Air Clean Using Bacteria-Killing Technology

Sir James Dyson’s team specializes in taking staid appliances and reinventing them into something functional, beautiful, and often justifiably expensive. His team’s most recent subject is a self-cleaning humidifier dubbed "Hygienic Mist." Click through the slideshow to see how it holds up. Available in the U.S. in Fall 2015.
October 29, 2014
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Eco-Friendly Device Charges Your Phone and Shuts Off When It's Done

Smartphones may be mobile devices, but their short battery lives mean that users need to constantly tether themselves to wall outlets. With this in mind, Velvetwire set out to design a more stylish, eco-friendly way to recharge. The Powerslayer uses a special software to ensure devices don't overdraw power, which conserves energy and protects batteries. The Museum of Modern Art Design Store and Kickstarter recently announced the Velvetwire Powerslayer would be one of the products launched by their collaboration.
October 28, 2014