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A fold-away kitty litter box: Portlandia examines tiny house living

Portlandia takes on Portland's beloved tiny home movement in a sketch for Thursday's episode. Living in less than 100 square feet isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially if someone else lives with you.
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Baby Einstein: You can control this smart baby rocker from your phone

Just can't get the little one to sleep? The 4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle 'n Swing rocks him or her to sleep, and you don't even have to be in the room to do so, thanks to its smartphone app.
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Hand washing dishes may help kids avoid developing allergies

Dishwashers are supposed to get your dishes sparkling, but are they making them too clean? Researchers recently found a link between them and a tendency for kids to develop allergies.
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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Bike light cameras, a sneaky smart projector

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
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This German city’s smart grid lowers energy consumption and cost

In order to keep power usage and production perfectly in sync, Mannheim, Germany has all its residents connected to a smart grid that provides feedback on both. This lowers energy use and cost.
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Do you live in the noisiest part of the U.S.? A map shows the country’s loud and quiet spots

It's no secret that cities are nosier than national parks, but many are significantly louder. This map shows the decibel levels in areas across the U.S., with dark blue being the quietest and yellow being the loudest.
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What’s your heating budget? Plug it into this thermostat, and it won’t go over the limit

If you lower your thermostat by two degrees, how much money will that save you on your next energy bill? Thermoneystat is a smart thermostat that doesn't show you the temperature; it heats and cools your home based on your budget.
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Pigeon lets you push photos to Grandma’s frame without her doing a thing (updated)

Instead of forcing your tech-challenged grandparents to load up the frame with new pictures themselves, Pigeon lets you and your family update the pics remotely via smartphone.