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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…
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On-demand laundry services are on the rise, and one is expanding to 15 countries

Dubbed the "Uber for laundromats," on-demand laundry services have been around for a few years now. In the highly competitive market, Laundrapp is hoping to clean up and is about to expand to 15 countries.
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Finally, a public place to put your pee: Paris introduces 'pavement urinal'

To help fight smelly public urination, Laurent Lebot of the French product studio Faltazi has designed a simple solution. The Uritrottoir, which roughly translates to "pavement urinal," is essentially an eco-friendly place to pee outside.
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Skip eating out and make your own flatbread for life with the Rotimatic

Packed with 15 sensors and a cutting-edge artificial intelligence system, the Rotimatic is the at-home roti maker you never knew you wanted. In minutes, the machine mixes, kneads, cooks, and flattens perfectly cooked roti.
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Alexa Voice Service goes overseas, now available in the U.K. and Germany

Alexa is getting multilingual. On Tuesday, the online retail giant responsible for the popular AI assistant announced that the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) has now become available for developers in both the U.K. and Germany.
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Know how clean the air is by turning on a Philips Hue smart lightbulb

In Louisville, Kentucky, the city has launched a channel on IFTTT that can alert a number of different smart gadgets about the city's air quality. Everything from Philips Hue bulbs to a text message can help keep you safe.