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To make its furniture stronger and easier to build, Ikea creates wooden wedge dowel

Ikea's introduction of a wooden wedge dowel not only helps improve the construction experience, it makes the furniture more durable.
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Sears says it can now fix home appliances 40 minutes faster than usual

To reduce the amount of time for repairs, Sears Home Services teamed with GoToAssist to remotely bring master technicians onto a job.
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Sharp expands European appliance lineup, including a ninja-like refrigerator

Ahead of the LivingKitchen show in Cologne, Sharp debuted a new fridge/freezer combo, several dishwashers, and a new washer and dryer.
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Music therapy center serving the needy is harmonious in both purpose and form

Built of local timber and sheep's wool (for insulation, of course), the Sunbeams Music Center is a great addition to England's countryside.
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Time machine brings Smeg's retro-style yet tech-filled Portofino range back from the 1950s

Retro style meets modern technology in Smeg's latest cutting-edge range dubbed the Portofino. The Italian company showed the new rig at KBIS.
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Singing in the (shower) rain: Kohler unveils storm-simulating showerhead

At this year's KBIS show in Orlando, Kohler unveiled a brand new water filtration system and a showerhead which simulates a summer downpour.

Brookfield Residential’s Amazon Alexa Smart Home is available for public tours

After announcing a partnership with Amazon in December, Brookfield Residential says its now offering tours of its Alexa-powered Smart Home.

Smart-home innovator Vivint announces new AI assistant and unique Airbnb partnership

Smart home provider Vivint announced new partnerships with Airbnb, as well as with Vivint Solar, at this year's CES 2017 event.

No soil, no gimmick: Natufia’s Kitchen Garden is the future of at-home produce

Featuring the ability to grow fresh produce without the use of soil, Natufia's Kitchen Garden is an innovative at-home food growing solution.
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Customize your own unique craft beer with PicoBrew’s new Freestyle system

At CES 2017, the Seattle-based PicoBrew unveiled its new Freestyle crafting system which allows owners to fully customize their craft beer.
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The D-Vine, a ‘Keurig for wine,’ gets interactive touchscreen in update

After debuting its connected sommelier a year ago, 10-Vins returned to CES to show its touchscreen-touting, on-demand wine appliance, the D-Vine Connect.
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LG's premium dishwasher, air purifier will add a touch of class to your home

Electronics giant LG once raised the bar at this year's CES conference after unveiling a new lineup of premium appliances, such as its Signature Dishwasher.
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The "Internet of Gourmia" smart appliances seeks to connect your kitchen

Brooklyn-based kitchen appliance company Gourmia took the CES 2017 floor this year to unveil its new smartphone application and appliance IoT compatibility.
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Rude awakening: Users report Sonos alarms going off a day early

Despite accurately setting an alarm, Sonos owners report that their alarms are waking them up a day earlier than intended. The company is working on a fix.
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Cheaper than security systems, Stack’s light bulbs now monitor your home

Announced prior to CES 2017, Stack's line of smart bulbs now feature the ability to accurately monitor the occupancy of someone's home while they're away.
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MicroPAD apartments may soon help alleviate San Francisco’s homeless population

Designed to help fight the homeless crisis in San Francisco, MicroPADs are miniature, prefabricated homes which would cost the city just $1,000 per month.
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Remnants of Slovenian WWI bunker make up base of this cozy alpine shelter

Fashioned on top of an ancient WWI bunker, Slovenia's Bivak na Prehodavcih cabin is a modern retreat for any mountaineer who braves Triglev National Park.
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With a TV and built-in stereo system, this is a bed you’ll never want to get out of

Available only in India, the Pod is a full-size bed outfitted with a 32-inch TV, charging ports, stereo, and subwoofer. It costs just $44 per month to rent.
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Legend of Zelda-themed billiards table is the ultimate gaming homage

To help a Los Angeles-area man take his Legend of Zelda fandom to a new level, YouTube series Super-Fan Builds built him a unique Zelda pool table.
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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg pulls back the veil on the Jarvis AI system he created

For the better part of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg has quietly built an AI system capable of controlling most of his home and just unveiled the finished product.
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250 LED panels turn this art festival ticket booth into part of the show

This year's Amsterdam Light Festival features a giant biometric structure that not only consistently changes its LED lights but acts as its ticketing booth.
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Coffee done right: Craft the perfect cup of Joe with the Skagg EKG electric kettle

With variable temperature control, a minimal design, and easy-to-use controls, the Stagg EKG electric kettle aims to change the pour-over coffee industry.
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Fibaro turns to Apple Homekit for its latest product line of sensors

Announced this week, home automation company Fibaro will soon release a new lineup of sensors compatible with Apple Homekit.
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Amazon raises the stakes, will equip all rooms at The Wynn in Vegas with an Echo

Beginning next summer, every room in Las Vegas' Wynn hotel will boast an Amazon Echo device giving guests control over the room's lights and temperature.
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‘Alexa, open the blinds’: Virginia real estate firm to offer Amazon Alexa-enabled smart homes

Announced this week at the annual AWS re:Invent conference, Brookfield Residential plans to begin selling fully integrated Amazon Alexa smart homes.
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Feed it to the worms: Australian company debuts compostable coffee pods

Made of 100 percent compostable materials, the comPod Nespresso-compatible coffee capsule promises to completely biodegrade within six months.
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Samsung steps to Dyson with a $1,200 robovac it claims can outsuck anything

Touted as featuring industry best cleaning power and suction, Samsung's latest robotic vacuum — the Powerbot Turbo — is a sleek, compact powerhouse cleaner.
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Want that printed rare? Innovative dining experience debuts 3D-printed cuisine

Launched via Kickstarter this month, Nufood allows backers to experience a new type of dining by offering a pop-up restaurant serving 3D-printed dishes.
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Former Samsung engineers team up to bring smart tech to umbrellas

By gathering weather data from a companion smartphone, the Opus One smart umbrella alerts owners about whether or not to prepare for a rainy day.
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Real estate site Zillow shows off the inside of Santa’s cozy North Pole home

To give people a glimpse into the life of the typically reclusive Santa Claus, real estate website Zillow offers a sneak peek into his North Pole cabin.
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This Norwegian cabin isn’t just at home among the spruce, it’s built from them

After sourcing a healthy helping of spruce wood from their own forest, a Norwegian couple decided to build their dream home almost entirely themselves.
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Frigidaire Professional Gas Cooktop with Griddle review

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New technology turns every flush of yours into usable biocrude oil

By utilizing a new sewage treatment technology called hydrothermal liquefaction, researchers have found a way to turn human waste into usable biocrude oil.
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The next big breakthrough in biofabrication? Mushroom-derived furniture

Two alternative consumer good companies just unveiled a new line of mushroom-derived furniture made from the thread-like filament structure named mycelium.