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Amazon Echo

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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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Pool Inside room

Have a bedroom that is the size of an entire apartment? Then why not install a swimming pool inside, like this person. Sure, maintaining the pool might be a hassle, especially since someone has to go inside your home to clean it, but it's definitely a reasonable trade off for being able to jump in for a swim at anytime, rain or shine. Continue reading for more cool room ideas that geeks would love.

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Tiny Home

Many kitchens may actually be larger than these Tiny Heirloom homes, which start at $65,000, but they have all you need to live comfortably. Featuring granite counters, upgraded cabinets, wood flooring, a Dickinson p12000 heater, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer combo unit, and painted (or stained) interior, all shipped to wherever you may be. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Cree 7W 300LM

Cree's 7W 300LM Torch Flashlight is currently being offered for only $3.30 shipped, today only, originally priced at $39.99. Cree records another significant LED milestone with the demonstration of 303 lumens per watt from a white, high-power LED. Reaching the landmark achievement much faster than previously believed possible, this result surpasses Cree's previous R&D industry-best of 276 lumens per watt announced just over a year ago. Product page. Continue reading for more images and information.

Notable features:
  • Super mini size, bright, blinding effect.

  • Skid-proof design & waterproof design.

  • Output bright can come to 300 lumens (MAX).

  • Adjustable focus range for different usage, stretching to adjust its focus.

  • Working voltage is wide and can utilize the batteries in the largest extent.

[via Amazon]

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WW2 Bunker

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During WW2, this bunker was used by soldiers, but now, Belgian design team B-ILD has transformed it into something completely different. Think of it as a unique vacation home unlike any other. It's nestled in the Netherlands countryside, and half of it is even located below ground. Once inside, you'll see that it boasts all the modern amenities you'd expect in a home, such as a kitchen, bedroom, and most importantly, electricity. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Shed Home

When closed up in storage mode, this looks like a giant shed, but step inside, and you'll see that it is much more. This home, called the Sol Duc Cabin, was built for a couple that loves weekend fly fishing trips. Designed by the talented team at Olson Kundig Architects, this home boasts a protective steel exterior that slides across all of the windows, and can be easily controlled with a mechanically driven wheel. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Futuristic Sink

Not your everyday sink, the Kohler Crevasse is an all-in-on kitchen accessory. At the press of a button, food scraps are whisked down the drain, and users can choose to automatically activate a synchronized garbage disposer at the same time. Adding to the coolness factor is an edge-lit indicator that lights up in a blue glow when the flume of water rinses the sink, and then flashes when the grinder is whirring away. This can only be activated by a human touch, so you don't need to worry about something activating it by accident. Continue reading for more.

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