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Alexa, lights on: Amazon Echo can now control your SmartThings devices

Amazon Echo just got a little more control: It's now compatible with Samsung's SmartThings, so you can use voice commands to turn on your lights or anything plugged into its smart outlet.

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Check out this Indiegogo campaign to build ‘parasitic pods’ for London’s homeless

To help solve the problem of homelessness in London, an architect wants to build "parasitic pods" for them. They're called that because they attach to a "host" building. You can help fund the prototype on Indiegogo.

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Candle Charger is a tiny thermoelectric generator that powers your gadgets with fire

The Flamestower company's newest gadget is just finishing up its Kickstarter campaign. The Candle Charger does exactly what it sounds like: It turns the heat of a candle and five ounces of water into an electric charge, in this case, conviently funneled to a…

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This is what state-of-the-art home automation looked like in 1985

Despite the fact that home automation might seem like a relatively new thing, it's actually been around for decades. Don't believe us? Check out this completely touchscreen-controlled home automation system from 1985

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Tile can now help find your phone, even if it’s on silent

You just had your phone a second ago, but now you can't find it. The second-generation Tile can help you find it, even if you have it set to silent or vibrate mode. It also tracks down your keys and other lost items.

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Drop the linens, take the TV: Wedding registries are getting much techier

Putting together a wedding registry can be fun, especially when you stick to things you want and not just what you think you're expected to put on there. Technology is playing a bigger part in modern wedding registries, so go ahead and put a TV on there.

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Turn off the dark with this mirror that scatters sunlight around the room

If parts of your home are dark even during the brightest part of the day, Lucy, a smart mirror, will redirect the light. It tilts its mirror to follow the sun and shuts itself off at night.

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Want to track something? You can repurpose Amazon Dash buttons

There was a lot of skepticism when Amazon introduced its $5 Dash buttons. Instead of using them to buy diapers, one guy repurposed them to keep track of when his baby wakes up at night.

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Dine and dance: Munchery and Google Play pair meals and music

What do you listen to during dinner? Munchery and Google Play Music paired up to curate playlists based on what food the meal-delivery service is serving up that day, though only for a limited time.

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Google Project Sunroof shows how much solar juice is on your roof, no math needed

Enter in your address, and Google's Project Sunroof will calculate how much usable solar energy your house could generate if it were equipped with X number of solar panels.

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This Mythbuster’s tool station is a model of efficiency

Adam Savage doesn't like to waste time. The Mythbusters star wants all his tools right where they should be, which is why he built himself a handy shelf, with a place for everything, and everything in its place.

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