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The Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock

You know what they say..."the best part of waking up is the coffee in your cup". Most (if not all) coffee machines do not have the ability to wake you up as well as brew a fresh cup of Joe, but British designer Joshua Renouf's creation will do just that. Called The Barisieur, coffee-making alarm clock that first gently wakes you up with the sounds of steel ball bearings vibrating as they boil the water through induction heating, then incentivizes you to get vertical with a freshly made cup of joe. One caveat: you'll need to prep the beans, sugar, as well as milk before you go to sleep. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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LEGO Record Player

Most record players aren't the most exciting of musical devices, but "The Planet" just might be the exception. Hand-built by Korean brick master Hayarobi, this complete LEGO-based turntable consists 2,405 pieces, and is powered by a LEGO Power Functions Battery Box, along with a LEGO Power Functions M-Motor. Continue reading for a video of it in-action and additional information.

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Keysmart

The KeySmart is basically a Swiss Army Knife-style keyring that's smaller than a pack of gum, and its unique 'S' design lets you to hold 4-times the keys in half the space of a traditional ring. That's right, no thigh poke and / or awkward bulges. Users can easily add anything you use throughout the day, whether it be USB drives, barcode reward cards, to RFID chips and garage openers. Pick one up here for $19.99. Continue reading for a video preview on just how it works, and more information.

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Refold Standing Desk

A New Zealand company has unveiled "Refold", a flexible, foldable, portable, affordable and 100% recyclable standing desk. Designed by Fraser Callaway, Oliver Ward and Matt Innes, the 6.5kg cardboard desk can support the weight of an adult. Calloway says: "We came up with the idea as part of our final design project at university here in New Zealand. It was a small part of a larger project about easing the transition between studying and getting jobs." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Underground Home Las Vegas

When it comes to real estate, the most important thing is location, location, location. With that said, where would a paranoid millionaire during the Cold War era build a home? In Las Vegas, Nevada of course, hidden 26-feet below the ground. It's a furnished home, complete with fake clouds. To get there, you go through the completely normal-looking home, which exists as camouflage for the elevator (or stairs) that takes you down into the secret lair. The house has all the hallmarks of 1970s living and should be turned into a museum if nobody decides to shell out the $1.7-million it costs to purchase the unique home. Successful businessman Girard Henderson built the home in 1978 and intended to ride out the end of days in the comfort of his lair. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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The Bottle Light

The Bottle Light is exactly as it sounds, a rechargeable LED cork that transforms old bottles into fully-functional lamps. It looks like a large tapered wine cork at first glance, but at the bottom, you'll find a bright white LED light. When placed in a bottle's neck and turned on, the light will shine for up to 3-hours before needing to be recharged - one hour via USB. Want a different color? The white LED light can be filtered by the color of the bottle used, giving you plenty of options for mood lighting. Product page. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Snowboarder Home Mountains

Mike Basich, a professional snowboarder from California, has traveled all over the world, but he prefers to live closer to the slopes. So, he built this tiny 225-square-foot home in the middle of his 40-acre property near Truckee, Calif. This project, called "Going off the Grid" took him five years to complete..."two and half years to do all the rock work. I think I moved about 175 ton of rock," according to Basich. Since it's in such a remote location, there's no land-bsaed Internet (satellite still a possibility), no indoor plumbing, and no traditional electricity. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Unusual Home Inventions

Let's face it, sitting on the couch for an entire day can get tiring, and that's why this transformable sleeper was invented. Tired of sitting upright? Fold down the bottom cushion for a lounging position. Or, just fold the backrest down for a quick nap. Now while you're there, the laptop bed desk might come in handy, as it comes complete with a drink holder and mousepad area. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including a rare look at a saw-powered ice boat.

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Ski Jump Home

This historic ski jump is unlike any other, as it has been converted into a penthouse apartment suspended 200 feet in the air. The modern living space at the top of the Holmenkollen competitive arena in Norway was previously a waiting area for competitors during the 1952 Winter Olympics. When on the rooftop terrace, guests can catch glimpses of the Northern Lights on clear nights. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Pizza Box Oven

CuiZen's Pizza Box looks like something you'd see at an Italian restaurant, but this thing actually cooks your pizzas. It can accommodate up to 12-inch pizzas and boasts a stainless steel cool-touch handle, 1200-watts of sheer cooking power, an adjustable thermostat with a maximum temperature of 525° F, and a 30-minute timer. Available now, priced at $78.99 shipped. Product page. Continue reading to see what's inside and for more information.

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