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Star Wars Vacuum Cleaner

The Roomba-inspired Samsung POWERbot VR7000 Star Wars Edition vacuum cleaners are modeled after Darth Vader and stormtroopers. In addition to being able to automatically clean a room, both models will come pre-loaded with sound effects - Darth Vader makes the Sith lord's trademark heavy breathing sound and the Stormtrooper calls out "Let's go!" when it begins cleaning. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Elliptic House

Photo credit: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG / Mario Martins Atelier

The Elliptic House (Casa Eliptica), located along the coast of Portugal, is perfect for Tony Stark, starting with its minimalistic geometric design. Its exterior boasts overlapping ovals, while a seaward wall features a curved silhouette with a glazed facade for panoramic ocean views. The reflecting pool, Jacuzzi, and a cutout in the cantilevered roof all follow the circular motif. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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21 Shipping Container House

Photo credit: Danny Bright

Architecture firm LOT-EK used 21 shipping containers to build the "Carroll House," a single-family residence located in Brooklyn's williamsburg neighborhood. The containers were stacked atop each other, and then cut diagonally along the top / bottom to create 'a monolithic and private volume within the urban fabric.' Plus, the construction team repurposed all of the scrap leftover by the diagonal cut inside the living space. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Air Shield Umbrella

There's wind-resistant umbrellas, and then the "Air Shield", which boasts a unique design that might look like a walking stick at first. It boasts an inflatable design that does without any wires, but rather utilizes a a pump built directly into handle. At the touch of a button, it inflates the supporting transparent canopy structure. Just press the button again to activate the pump and collapse the device. Continue reading for more pictures and to see exactly how it works.

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Effie Iron

Forget ironing, the "Effie," is basically an automated ironing system that looks like a device from The Jetsons, as it's capable of ironing up to 12 different items of clothing at once. Simply hang each item on a special hanger and then place it into Effie. It handles all kinds of fabrics, including garments made of polyester, cotton, silk, viscose, and denim, all in about 3 minutes. Plus, the device gets rid of all creases and wrinkles, while reducing time spent ironing by 95%. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Trousdale Estate

The Trousdale Estate, located in Los Angeles, is owned by James Jannard, founder of both Oakley and RED Cameras. Jannard hired iDGroup to build the home, and the final product looks like a home straight from the new Blade Runner 2049 movie. Step out back, and you're greeted with sweeping views of the Los Angeles basin, all the way out to the sea. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Philips Sonicare 2

Philips' Sonicare 2 Series Plaque Control Electric Toothbrush removes up to 6x more plaque than a manual toothbrush, and it's being offered for just $29.95 shipped after clipping the instant coupon, today only, originally $69.99. Patented sonic technology offers up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute, while dynamic fluid action helps clean between teeth and along the gumline. Easy-start feature slowly increases power over first 14 uses making the switch to Philips Sonicare easy. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video review and more information.

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Wikkelhouse Cardboard House

Fiction Factory unveils the Wikkelhouse, a modern home that uses individual segments created from Scandinavian "virgin fiber paperboard," or in other words, high-strength cardboard. The living space can be built in one day and rests directly on the ground without a foundation, making it perfect for both temporary and permanent housing. The 24 layers of compressed cardboard are wrapped around a huge mold and finished with a protective film and a layer of wooden slats. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Escher Tiny House

Unlike the works of M.C. Escher, the Escher Tiny house is a luxurious living space that can be easily transported. Priced from $139K, the exterior sidings are clad in Shou Sugi Ban, cedar lap, and metal, along with a pair of large, floor to ceiling glass doors to bath the interior with natural light. Inside, you'll find a large open layout, as well as a full-kitchen, complete with a gas range, sink, copper backsplash, and a dishwasher. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Signature Villa Palm Jumeriah Island

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Whether if you're a billionaire and / or a super villain, this $60-million Signature Villa on the Palm Jumeirah Island is the perfect getaway. The beachfront mansion provides full ocean views with skyline views back to the Burj Al Arab and the Dubai Marina. Private decks allow for complete privacy with lush garden surroundings. Spanning 46,000 square-feet, it includes 11 bedrooms, a 16 seat cinema, 4 living spaces, an indoor pool, a large private dining room, and a full chefs kitchen along with staff accommodation for 16. Continue reading for more pictures.

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