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Pine Tree House

Located in the historic Collins Waterfront district, the amazing Pine Tree House, built by South African firm SAOTA has a giant waterslide that leads into a gigantic pool. If you'd rather swim on the beach, there's also a basketball court, as well as a convertible indoor/outdoor living area. The interior is just as stunning, with a kitchen and dining room on the first floor, while bedrooms are joined by a family room and master suite on the second floor. For those warm summer nights, there's a rooftop terrace that overlooks the adjacent canal. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Phoenix Volcano House

Measuring in at 450-square-feet, the Phoenix House by ArtisTree on Hawaii's Big Island sits right at the base of Mauna Loa, the world's most active volcano. It's completely off-the-grid, powered by solar energy, and made from recycled materials. Water is up-cycled from fallen rain. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Japan Dome House

Styrofoam is great for many things, including these earthquake-proof homes in Japan. Each piece is glued together to create a dome that weighs around 80kg, and the finished product can be used as permanent residences, guesthouses or even small hotels in rural areas. "The beads in conventional polystyrene are expanded about 50% to 60% the original size of the styrene monomer, causing the absorption of a large amount of oxygen. Japan Dome House has developed a method which only expands the styrene monomers about 20% and minimizes the absorption of oxygen. This makes the material much stronger than conventional foam while keeping its highly insulating qualities," according to RealEstate.co.jp. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Biersafe Underground Cooler

Sure, you could just cool your beers / beverages in a normal refrigerator, but why waste precious space and / or electricity, when there's Biersafe? This Underground Beer Cooler uses dirt as insulation, and keeps up to 16 beers chilled inside a plastic tube that measures about three and a half feet deep. Plus, it also boasts a built-in bottle opener at the top of the rack. Continue reading for a longer demonstration video and more pictures.

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HomePod

Apple unveiled "HomePod" speaker at WWDC on Monday as it moved to challenge Amazon Echo and Google Home as a smart home and music hub. Powered by the Siri digital assistant, it's designed to work with the Apple Music subscription service and can produce rich sound while tapping into the artificial intelligence power of Siri. The device is also a potent assistant for news, messages, weather, traffic, home controls and more. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.

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Honeywell HT-900

Honeywell's HT-900 TurboForce Air Circulator is perfect for intense personal cooling or energy-saving air circulation, and it's being offered for just $10.25, today only, originally $11.33. It's 25% quieter than similar models, and can be used on a table or mounted to a wall for convenience. Its head pivots 90 degrees with 3 speeds and a 7 inch blade. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

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Villa Ypsilon

Nearly invisible from above, Villa Ypsilon by Lassa Architects seamlessly blends into a hill atop Greece's Peloponnese peninsula. It boasts a unique "Y" that separates the living space into three separate areas, surrounded by sheltered patios that look out over the bay. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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WiFi Smart Plug

TP-Link's WiFi-Enabled Smart Plug lets you control your home's devices from anywhere, and it's being offered for just $20.96 (discount automatically applied at checkout), today only, originally $39.99. The HS100 allows you to create schedules to automatically power on or off your home electronics and appliances at anytime. Your Smart Plug can be controlled through your existing Wi-Fi network via the free Kasa App. Download the app to your smartphone or tablet and have access to turn your home devices on/off, set schedules, and monitor energy usage. Product page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Magic Home

Located in Surrey, England, "The Magic Home" treehouse by Blue Forest looks to be straight from the Harry Potter movies. In addition to the unique play area outside, there's a secret spiral staircase hidden behind a revolving bespoke bookcase, which leads up to a playroom with a dormer window and glazed balustrade. "Giant books have been stacked to one side to create a creative writing desk, and a moon light hangs down from the ceiling. You might think that a small wardrobe is an odd thing to find in a children's secret playroom but just like the wardrobe in Narnia, if you open the doors you'll discover the entrance to the tube slide which curves all the way round the treehouse to the sandpit outside," said its creators. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video comparing the iPhone 7's camera to a $100,000 Hollywood-quality camera.

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Collapsible LED Lantern

Etekcity's Collapsible LED Lantern doubles as a flashlight torch by simply revealing the amount of light you need, and a 4-pack is being offered for just $19.99, today only, originally $79.99. Whether used for camping, trick or treating, or power outages, this lantern will provide up to 12 hours of bright omnidirectional LED lighting to see your surroundings. When the battery power of the lantern runs low, the brightness will dim to an energy saving mode to provide longer lasting illumination. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video review and more information.

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