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Tree Snake House

You might mistake this for a space station of some sort at first glance, but it's actually just the Tree Snake House by Rebelode. It can be found in Pedras Salgadas, Portugal, and most certainly live up to its name, as the exterior is covered in slate scales topped with wood paneling. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Belkin WeMo Smart Plug

Belkin's Wemo Mini WiFi Smart Plug lets you control your lights and appliances right from your smartphone or tablet, all for $29.99, today only, originally $34.99. No subscription or hub is required: simply plug Wemo Mini into an electrical outlet, connect a device to the Smart Plug, and wirelessly control your device using a tablet or phone. Using the free Wemo app, you can turn your devices on and off and set worry-free schedules from anywhere in the world. Using Wemo Mini's 'Away Mode', you can create the illusion that you're at home even when you're away. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Kasita Tiny Home

For an Apple-inspired, modular micro home that is fully connected, look no further than "Kasita". Measuring in at just 12 feet by 32 feet, and spanning 352-square-feet, this ultra efficient living space features a living area, kitchen, bathroom and a couch that doubles as a queen-sized bed. You'll find appliances from Delta, Summit, and GE, along with several smart home ready products from Nest, Lutron, and Doorbird. An included Echo Dot can be used to control many of the home's functions. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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3D-Printed Residential House

Photo credit: Bored Panda

San Francisco-based Apis Cor specializes in 3D-printing, and decided to test their new mobile 3D-printer by printing an entire 400-square-foot home in just 24-hours. How much did all of this cost, excluding the printer? Just $10,134 USD, or far less than any traditional home. Despite requiring just one day to print a home from a concrete mixture, the structures are claimed to last up to 175-years. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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FU House

Photo credit: Kenji Masunaga / Kubota Architect Atelier

Designed by Kubota Architect Atelier, the Apple Store-inspired "FU House" consists of a series of concrete walls that are supported by a delicate white panel, while the bottom is slightly elevated to give it the appearance being levitated. The monolithic walls are exposed internally, and matched with white tile floors. There's a glass car showcase on one side of the living room, with the other side opening to a patio and wading pool. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Cement Factory Home

Photo credit: Ricardo Bofill via Bored Panda

Architect Ricardo Bofill managed to come across an abandoned cement factory in 1973, and it soon became one of his greatest projects yet, called "La fabrica". Nearly 45 years later, it's been transformed into an incredible home that is situated just outside of Barcelona, Spain. Once the interior was gutted, and outside cleaned up, lush vegetation was planted. Inside, many of the walls were removed to create a seamless transition between living spaces. Even the cement-filled silos can be found repurposed as decorative pieces now. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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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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