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Coodo Prefab Home

Why bother with campers or trailers, when you could setup Coodo, a prefabricated mobile home that can pop up just about anywhere in the world, whether it be urban rooftops, remote beaches, or even a snowy mountain. Simply put, each unit is a a flexible blank box with a modular design, meaning that several can be connected together to form spaces for all needs. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Minimod

Brazil-based architecture firm Minimod creates unique homes that look like giant wooden boxes at first, but are actually tiny living spaces fitted with all of the creature comforts you'd expect for living off the grid. Each module measures in at 290-square-feet and is made from a lightweight steel frame with a plywood and glass composition. From there, customers can outfit it based on their specific preferences, such as sleeping area, kitchen, etc. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Nucleus Anywhere

The Nucleus Anywhere Intercome has Amazon Alexa built-in, and it's being offered for just $149 shipped, today only, originally $249. Nucleus connects to Alexa, Amazon's cloud-based voice service. Just ask Alexa to listen to your favorite music, hear the news and weather reports, connect your smart home devices and more. Product page. Continue reading for another demonstration video and more information.

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IKEA Better Shelter

IKEA's "Better Shelter" recently claimed the title of 2016's Beazley Design of the Year, and for good reason. This flat-pack shelter, which aims to "improve the lives of persons displaced by armed conflicts and natural disasters," can be assembled in 4-hours or less without tools. Features include: ventilation, solar panels, LED lights and mobile power chargers. The structures themselves are structures are built from lightweight polymer panels laminated with thermal insulation, which clip onto a steel frame. Best of all, its modular design enables one to easily upgrade it over time - i.e. adding a metal roof, etc. So far, over 10,000 shelters have been delivered. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Ultimate Bachelor's Pad

Photo credit: Tim Van de Velde

Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects unveils Residence VDB, a waterside mansion that could be considered the ultimate bachelor's pad. In addition to the outdoor pool, pool house, massive kitchen, luxurious living room area, and private rooftop terrace, there's an underground man cave. It comes complete with a private showroom garage, wine cellar, cigar bar, DJ booth, lounge area and a full entertainment center. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Odini Security Sphere

Need a home security system, and love BB-8? Meet Odini. This futuristic security sphere is essentially a discreet mobile solution that aims to provide privacy when you're home while monitoring and recording events when away. It movies around autonomously to ensure all rooms are secure, driven by four independent touch points between the main camera and its clear outer shell. The robot lets you know how it feels through an array of facial expressions - like looking tired when its battery is low. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Phone Cell Alarm Clock

The Sonic Alert may shake you out of bed, complete with a 113db siren, but "Phone Cell" takes a more relaxing approach to getting you out of bed. Simply put, before setting the alarm, users place their handset inside a small compartment. Once the lid is closed and locked, you're required to wear a pedometer, or at least upon waking. After the alarm goes off, just walk 20-steps, and you'll be able to unlock your handset. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Hidden Room Passage

Creative Home Engineering specializes in turning normal looking home furnishings into secret passages or rooms, and their latest work is definitely no slouch. "We have built many, many secret doors that access home theater rooms and I have built secret doors for many famous people and for elite homes all over the world. Although I am not at liberty to mention names, I can tell you that our secret doors can be found in at least one Middle Eastern royal palace, as well as many of the homes of many of the people on the list of the world's wealthiest people. Additionally, we've built secret doors for high-ranking state officials for numerous countries, lots of celebrities including professional athletes, race car drivers, Hollywood actors and directors, musicians, famous artists and founders and CEOs of some of the world's most recognizable companies," said founder Steve Humble. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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The Swiss+Tech Micro Max Multi-Tool easily fits on your keychain or in a packet, and you can get a 2-pack for $15.99, today only, originally $30. It comes equipped with the following tools: six screwdrivers, two hex wrenches, pliers, wire cutter, wire stripper, wire crimper, hand drill, file, bottle opener, two rulers (mm and inch), and two ruler extensions. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on demonstration video and more information.

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Apple Store Home

Apple's Director of Store Design wanted a home unlike any other, so he partnered with Alchemy to create the Sonoma weeHouse, a prefabricated consisting of two elevated open-sided boxes. This ultra-minimalistic home was assembled onsite between gnarled oaks in days, and boasts panoramic views of the Santa Rosa valley in California. At 970-square-feet combined, it has a host of steel accessories, including stairs, porch railings, and lasercut trim, which were all prefabricated and shipped from Minnesota. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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