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Ikea’s Better Shelter goes from flat pack kit to functioning relief shelter

To help the more than 65 million displaced refugees, furniture giant Ikea designed a shelter which takes just four hours to construct. The building comes by way of Ikea's non-profit wing, the Better Shelter organization.
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With Kitty Vent, cat owners will almost forget there's a litter box in the house

The newly announced Kitty Vent uses airflow to literally drive unpleasant litter box odor away. Just because we love our cats doesn't mean we have to live with their litter box smell any longer.
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Juice is more of a luxury item than ever thanks to the new juicers from Hurom

At $10 a bottle, it seems fair to call juice a luxury item. Now, one company is bringing that luxury to the next level. The newest juicers from Hurom are crafted with Giugiaro Design, which is known for designing high-end cars.
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Lego is totally awesome, but Tenka Labs wants to make it smarter

A new California toy company is augmenting Lego toys and other projects with robotic cubes that use power, motor and lights to teach kids about science and engineering.
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Got a Pixel? You can now use it to control your smart home appliances

With Google Assistant on multiple platforms, you would think the artificially intelligent bot would have the same features on each. Sadly that's not the case, but Assistant on the Pixel is gaining some features from the Home version.
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They ain’t pretty, but these sensors helped me feel safe in my smart apartment

Sensors are an easy way to make you feel a little more secure in your smart apartment, especially when it comes to arming your windows and doors. They can also provide peace of mind when it comes to leaks and air quality.
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Dating sites gave this startup a neat idea for its apartment-share service

An online service helping room hunters find a place to live has drawn inspiration from dating sites to help offer reliable matches. Claiming to be the only service of its kind in the U.K., Ideal Flatmate uses algorithms to bring together…
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Kickstarter project sells world’s first ink made out of air pollution

Looking for an original Kickstarter concept? The folks at Graviky Labs have found a way to recycle air pollution -- which causes more than 7.2 million deaths each year -- by turning it into ink.
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Hayo is a connected device that wants to make you the master of your domain

Who needs a universal remote when you can turn the universe into a remote instead? Together with its accompanying app, Hayo turns everyday objects, surfaces, and spaces into virtual remote controls for your smart home.
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Buildings that breathe: Italian architect’s ‘Vertical Forest’ to sprout in China

Some 600 tall trees, 500 smaller trees, and 2,500 plants and shrubs will call the vertical forests home, grown from concrete pots built into the buildingsā€™s balconies. The structures are being built in Nanjing, China.
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You don’t need a phone to manage your smart home if you have Brilliant Control

Meet Brilliant Control, branded as a "smart lighting solution that gives anyone in the house the ability to access music and more with just a simple touch or voice command -- no smartphone required"
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Is Google Home giving you trouble? Solutions to the most common problems

The Home remains one of the most promising products in Google's arsenal, but it's not perfect. Fortunately, we've compiled potential workarounds and solutions for some of the more common problems you're likely to face while using the…