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Ocean Abyss Table

Photo credit: Ben Young via Design Boom

Influenced by the beauty of New Zealand's landscapes, artist Ben Young takes layers of glass, laminates them in a bluish tone, and then layers them onto concrete. Each piece in his "Ocean Abyss" series are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted. The most difficult steps are the planning and development phases, where models are constructed, templates drawn, and custom jigs created, before hand-cutting the sheets with a glazier's tool. "I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into a 3D finished piece. Sometimes my starting point changes dramatically as I have to find a way to layer the glass to create certain shapes," said Young. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Trailer Tiny Home

Dutch tiny home designer Danieel Venneman unveils his latest design, the Porta Palace. This 194-square-foot moden home on wheels boasts two floor-to-ceiling glass facades, making the interior feel bright and roomy. The main living area consists of a glass wall that opens outward on hinges to create a wide-open space, while a boxy protruding window on the other side floods the kitchen and elevated sleeping area with natural light. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Useless Light Switch

Before this April Fools' weekend ends, we'd like to finish it off with ThinkGeek's "Useless Light Switch", yet another interesting product that may become a reality sooner than later. Based on The Useless Box, this interesting switch ensures that nobody will ever leave the lights on again by accident. Simply put, once you flip the lights on, a lever comes out of the top screw hole in the switch plate to turn the lights right back off for no good reason. That's all it does, period. Best of all, it's easy to install, and there's no need to worry about electrical connections, since the switch oes doesn't use wall power for operation. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bowling ball being crushed by a hydraulic press.

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Star Trek Sleep Machine

The Star Trek White Noise Sleep Machine from ThinkGeek may not be real...yet, but there are rumors that this will hit the market before the holidays. This sleep machine provides 8 different sounds from 5 familiar spacecraft to gently lull you to sleep. You can use the LCARS touch screen display to select a ship or station, whose schematic will pop up in the next window, while resting your head on your pillow and watch the stars race by, projected onto the ceiling. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Hobbit House Homemade

Photo credit: Bored Panda

Ashley Yates, a construction expert from Bedford, England, decided to build a "Hobbit Hole" in his backyard. After nearly a year of work, it became the stunning structure that you see above. "We created a strong internal wooden frame which was hugely over-engineered. The corrugated iron was used to seal everything in and the panels were all seam welded from top to bottom once in position and then finished with plenty of waterproof barriers. The base concreted with waterproofer and finished with further waterproofing and finally a leveling compound so there was a lovely clean finish inside," said Yates. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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San Francisco Pod

Peter Berkowitz, a 25-year-old illustrator living in San Francisco, decided to avoid paying high-rental fees in the city center, and designed a pod to live in. Measuring in at a svelte 8 x 3.5 x 4.5 feet, this tiny wooden box resides in a corner of his friend's apartment, paying him just $400 per month. Inside, there's a bed, storage shelves, a fold-out desk, a string of LEDs up top for ambient lighting, and a fan system for proper ventilation. Future upgrades including cork-based soundproofing. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a rocking chair that uses its own kinetic motion to knit a hat.

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Keret House World's Skinniest House

Keret House, located in Warsaw, Poland, is currently the world's skinniest house, measuring 92cm at its narrowest point and 152cm at its widest point. It was designed by the architect Jakub Szczęsny through the architecture firm Centrala, and named after Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret, who was the building's first tenant. The iron structure contains two floors, and has one bedroom, a kitchen, a bathroom and a living area. It has two non-opening windows, with sunlight also entering through translucent glass panels that make up the walls. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Biosphera Prefab Home

Italy-based ZEPHIR-Passivhaus unveils Biosphera 2.0, a prefabricated home that can produce as much energy as it consumes, thanks to rooftop solar panels. This 25-square-meter living space features all you need to live comfortably, including a bedroom, bathroom, living area, kitchenette, and even a small outdoor deck. There's also plenty of LEDs and PEFC-certified timber construction to keep energy usage low. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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VW Van Home

At first, this looks like a normal Volkwswagen T6 van, but slide open the door, and you'll discover it's actually a mobile home on wheels. Created by German designer Nils Holger Moormann, this cozy living space features a kitchenette set, foldout futon bed, lots of hidden storage space, and real oak wood accents throughout. Black nanotech laminate cabinetry ensures a fingerprint-resistant finish. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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UltraFire LED Torch

UltraFire's 7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Adjustable Focus Flashlight is perfect for emergencies, and you can pick one up for $3.22 shipped, today only, originally priced at $19.99. It has a maximum brightness output of 300-Lumens, while focus can be adjusted simply by stretching the head portion, complete with adjustable focus, as well as support zoom in / zoom out. Product page. Continue reading for another video review and more information.

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