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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...

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Added 29 March, 2014

Every day now seems to bring yet another "first" object created by a 3D printer. We have seen super cool and colorfully printed shoes, canoes, candies and much more. Now, DUS Architects, a Dutch design firm, is in the process of creating the world's first 3D-printed building – a traditional looking Dutch house overlooking a canal in Amsterdam....

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Added 24 February, 2014

In New York City designers are hard at work creating the Lowline, the world's first underground park. While this novel public space isn't even open yet, London is looking to best it by creating the world's first underground farm. We've written a lot about rooftop urban farming that answers the hyper-local trend with produce and herbs that are...

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Added 16 January, 2014
Cities generate a lot of heat. In New York, for instance you can often see columns of steam rising from the streets, emanating from some netherworld below. In the dead of winter this kind of emission seems like a waste, right? That's what the powers that be in London thought and they are doing something about it in the form a program that captures...