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Singlecue hand gesture-recongition device in a living room.

A New Product Controls Your Smart Home with a Wave of Your Finger

Thanks to advanced image-recognition software, a new product called Singlecue can read the subtle movements of a single finger to dim the lights, change the channel, and more. Singelcue hit the market last week and promises to bring control of multiple smart (and old-fashioned) household devices—quite literally—at your finger tips.
October 5, 2015
Twist by Astro LED light bulb and speaker

How Working in Home Automation Inspired One Developer to Rethink Smart Tech

Entrepreneur Shaun Springer turned 15 years of smart home experience into Astro, a hardware startup that aims to simplify the high-tech home. Here, he shares the revelation that changed his view of the smart home business.
September 30, 2015
home security the game of breaking and entering burglary

These Common Home Security Weak Points Are Easy to Overlook (And Even Easier to Fix)

Let’s look at your home the way a police detective—or a burglar—would. Where are the blind spots and vulnerabilities? What design details could be changed to make a place safer?
September 20, 2015
home security what burglars want

Simple Tips and Tricks for Burglar-Proofing Your Home

Burglary borrows equally from the skill sets of a technical science and theatrical improv; it follows careful rules yet just as easily abandons those rules for a spur-of-the-moment smash and grab. Burglary can thus be anticipated but not perfectly predicted. How do you know if your house will be targeted?
September 19, 2015
Francis Bitonti's 3D printed "Molecule" Shoe Collection.

Catch the 3D Printer of Haute Couture (and more) at Dwell on Design NY

As part of our run-up to Dwell on Design New York, taking place October 2-4, we're highlighting a few of our diverse panelists who'll be discussing everything from urban resiliency to smart home technology. One such expert is Francis Bitonti, founder of his eponymous 3D printing studio, who has designed and 3D printed furniture, haute couture fashion, and more.
September 15, 2015
Facade of eco-friendly prefab by Greenfab with extensive daylighting and site analysis for energy efficiency.

An Eco-Friendly Prefab Assembled In One Day

Only 29 hours were required to install this “off-the-shelf” Seattle prefab home that packs a plethora of energy efficient features.
September 8, 2015
ferry feat new york garden patio

5 Remote Getaways We Love

Accessible only by helicopter, ferry, boat, or backcountry roads, these secluded getaways are inspiration for when you really (no...really) need to get away from it all.
August 31, 2015
Gaffco Ballistics safe room illustration

An Architectural Introduction to Safe Room Design

You’re a single parent with a young child or a wealthy businessperson with a very public profile, and you’re concerned about recent developments in the news. You need to know that you have a place to retreat to if someone breaks in, if your house comes under attack, or if there’s been a natural disaster or prolonged blackout. What are your options?
August 23, 2015
home security panic rooms illustration

Inside the Modern Safe Room: How Homeowners Today Are Fortifying Their Houses Against Burglars, Terrorists, and Hurricanes

If a family’s home is their castle, as the saying goes, some homeowners have begun to take that sentiment quite literally. Step into the heavily fortified world of safe rooms—otherwise known as panic rooms—with three designers working at the outer limits of architectural craft.
August 22, 2015