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Swedish House

On the outside, you wouldn't be able to tell this Swedish home apart from others in the neighborhood, but there's a special room inside that sets this one apart. Let's just say that it will appear as if you've stepped onto a movie set and / or a theme park attraction, complete with props, lighting, lounge chairs, as well as dual displays. While you can't really make out a movie theater screen, you can almost rest assured that its owner has installed one. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Belt Floor Walls

Photo credit: Inghua Ting via VN

Inghua Ting uses these herself when putting together outfits, but she found an entirely new use for old leather belts...using them to create bespoke flooring, rugs and interior accents. She uses these belts to line walls, stairs and doors for a vintage one-off look that guarantees no two installations will look the same. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny homework answers gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Star Wars Jedi babies. Available by the square foot, the belts are stripped of their metals, hand cleaned and prepared for processing. The composition for each tile or panel is created in-house to assure the correct pattern and colour balance for each installation.

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Jet Pencil Torch

The Mini 503 Pen-Style Jet Torch is currently being offered for only $4.70 shipped, today only, originally priced at $25.68. This pencil torch lets you control a flame of 1300° F with pinpoint accuracy. It's designed for jewelry manufacturing and repair, fine industrial applications, hard-to-reach areas, and all soldering tasks that require precision. Product page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Notable features:
  • Mini Jet Pencil Flame 503 Torch Butane Gas Fuel Welding Soldering Lighter.

  • Adjustable Fuel Control,Button click igniter; refillable pencil.

  • 1300°C flame adjusts for use.

  • Inner loaded support spares your hands if neccessary.


[via Amazon]

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Viking Ship Table

South Africa-based architecture firm Wildetecture wanted a conference table design that really stood out. So, they decided to create a Viking ship-inspired table, complete with chairs. Quinton J. Damstra of Wildetecture says, "he is an absolute firm believer in aesthetics uber alles." Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a movie shot to look like an FPS game.

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Dream Treehouse

Foster Huntington made a life-changing decision in 2011 when he quit his stable job designing for Ralph Lauren in New York City for something drastically different. He started living out of a van as he traveled the country, but eventually moved on to the amazing dream treehouse you see above. Huntington began construction in 2013, and after 1.5-years, as well as $135,000 in materials, the palace in the sky was complete. Located in near Portland, Oregon, it features a main house, guest house, Wi-Fi, cell phone coverage, a hot tub, and even a skating rink below. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bulldog puppy that just doesn't want to wake up.

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Popinator

Not just any popcorn maker, the Popinator is essentially a voice-activated machine that listens for you to say 'pop' to aim and launch popcorn directly into your mouth. Unfortunately, only one prototype exists currently, with no plans for production in the near feature. Here's what the company has to say: "We are constantly coming up with new flavors, new packaging, and new innovations for popcorn. However, the one thing that never changes about popcorn is the way we eat it. Well, what if there was a way to change the way people eat popcorn by making it more fun?" Continue reading for more.

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Amazon Echo

Photo credit: Gizmodo

Amazon Echo is like a real physical form of Apple's Siri. Think of this gadget as a a voice-controlled wireless speaker that's waiting for someone to say "Alexa" before it awaits their command(s). At $199 ($99 for members of Amazon Prime), connects to your Wi-Fi at home, and can respond to a variety of questions, ranging from "how tall is Mt. Everest" to "how do you spell cantaloupe". That's not all, using the companion mobile app, Echo can also add something to your shopping list, or, you can then search for it on Amazon or the web and purchase it directly there. Product page. Continue reading for the official video and more information.

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Kitoko Paris Apartment

Living in central Paris can be quite pricey to say the least, but this tiny apartment home, measuring 86-square-feet, didn't skip on the amenities. Designed by Kitoko Studio, this living space was inspired by the Swiss Army Knife, complete with stairs, a closet, bathroom w/shower, and even a small dining table hidden behind floral embossed panels. Continue reading for more cool micro homes.

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Real Hobbit House

Here's yet another look at Simon Dale's magnificent real-life Hobbit House in the Welsh countryside. Tired of paying huge mortgage payments, he decided to take matters into his own hands, armed with only a chisel, a chainsaw and a hammer. This then 32-year-old built the home you see above for just £3,000. Even more surprising is the fact that Dale has no experience in carpentry or architecture, but still managed to create his sustainable family home using scrap wood for floors, materials scavenged from skips and by diverting water from a nearby spring. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Melting Wax House

At first glance, this looks like a typical house you'd see in London, but upon closer inspection, you'll see that it's actually melting. That's right, as part of the 2014 MERGE Festival in the city's Bankside district, artist Alex Chinneck built a 2-story house sculpture with 8,000 wax bricks. The festival kicked began on September 18, and it's been melting ever since. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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