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Added 19 August, 2017

Forget about curb appeal. The newest trend in real estate is “kid appeal.” Real estate agents and home designers like are appealing to the smallest members of a home buying family, who often have the loudest voices. Kids are very vocal about what they like and what they don’t like, and parents are listening to them. “Buying a new house is like...

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Added 3 August, 2017

Many new build houses now come with smart technology built in, allowing residents to control entertainment, environment, phones, lights, shopping and much more from a single control or even voice commands. For the rest of us, however, retrofitting smart home technology can be expensive and intrusive. A new Kickstarter campaign aims to fund an...

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Added 18 July, 2017

A tech startup on a mission to make modern commercial and housing estates energy neutral has outfitted the headquarters of a Dutch bank with the world’s first commercial, fully transparent solar-power-generating windows.
A close-up photo of one of Physee’s installed PowerWindows at Amsterdam’s main business district. Image Source: Jasper...

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Added 31 July, 2015

While variety of “robotic” “personal assistants” like the Amazon Echo are already in homes – and many more being developed in the coming year – in reality, most of these machines are still rudimentary, offering info from the data cloud and controlling appliances like lighting and thermostats. But we are only at the beginning. Companies like...

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Added 6 July, 2015

Remember Ask Jeeves, the decade-old search engine with a butler mascot who offered to personally assist you with your query? Fast forward to 2015 and that metaphoric butler is taking on concrete forms in the guise of in-home robotic assistants. One potential heavy-hitter in this field will be Amazon Echo, one of the first widely-available...

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Added 6 July, 2015

If you are the type who reads WikiTrend you have probably tried interacting with Siri, the “personal assistant” included with products using Apple’s iOS. You probably agree too that Siri is far from perfect, has its share of issues, and not as good as it should be. But these are early days. Siri and other voice-recognition apps and appliances...

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Added 18 May, 2015

Creative collective Brain Dead has teamed up with Union Los Angeles to release a collaborative T-shirt dubbed "Bunny F*ck." The tee is made from 100% ringspun cotton and sports vibrant colored graphics on the front while on the back of the piece there is creative embossed detailing that boldly states "Union is Brain Dead." In conjunction with...

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Added 7 May, 2015

Revivals in downtown urban living, tighter budgetary constraints – especially for Millennials – and a growth in green thinking have all neatly led up to one quirky, funny, cute and, perhaps, sad trend: Microdwellings. This growing breed of tiny house or apartment is cleverly designed for a single person and includes things like toilets tucked...

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Added 15 April, 2015

With the dry-aging steak trend on the rise, perhaps it's not surprising that this year's "must-have" home kitchen accessory is not a wine cooler, but a home meat locker. Coupled with the foodie trend in which home chefs are getting far more serious about what they cook, we're seeing more and more interior architects designing meat storage...

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Added 3 April, 2014

Suburban tract homes are hallmarks of 1950s America when the dream for many families was to own a house on the outskirts of a city, drive to the shopping mall, shop at a supermarket and sit down to family meals in front of a flickering TV set. These days, the trend is towards living lives that are less plastic and more in touch with nature. We...