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A Sneak Peek At Five Brand-New Products In Next Year's IKEA Catalogue

It’s that time of the year, folks. The new IKEA catalogue is heading towards mailboxes around the world, and it’s full of neat little tweaks to the lines you’ve come to love. There’s also a handful of completely new products that you’ll love even more.


Are Nest Thermostats Killing Air Conditioners?

Everybody loves the Nest thermostat. Or at least, they love the idea of it. Who wouldn’t want a futuristic thermostat with a brain that automatically adjusts to your habits and optimises your energy usage? Well, a growing number of people say they’re encountering unexpected problems with their devices.


These Cabinets Hide An Incredible Stealth Kitchen

When you live in a closet-sized city apartment, it’s no fun to cook in a teeny, tiny cramped kitchen. But a kitchen completely hidden behind lovely wood cabinets when not in use? That’s kind of ingenious.


Awesome Dad Builds Giant Luge Track In His Backyard For His Family

When life gives you snow, don’t just make a snowman. Make a giant luge track in your backyard for the whole family! This dad does that every year, and the track is pretty impressive with great slopes, windy turns and expertly designed snowbanks. Just look at his whole family slide down. How fun!


This Normal-Looking House Is Fake And Actually Hides A Pump Station

If you’re just strolling down the street or driving in your car, you’d never notice anything weird with this house in the US state of North Carolina. It looks like a house is supposed to look. You can imagine the family that lives there and the weekday dinners they throw for the neighbourhood. You can imagine the kids in the yard. But no. It’s not a real house. This home hides a noisy water pump station for the city. What?


Dyson's New Vacuum Cleaners Make You Feel Like A Superhero

There’s something strangely throttling about a Dyson device. The curves feel futuristic, and the transparent plastic shows you what’s under the hood. And the latest generation runs faster than a Formula 1 race car. You almost have to pinch yourself to remember that it’s just a vacuum cleaner.


The Voice-Activated House Of Locks, Patterns And Networks

The networked home is something of an emerging zeitgeist, offering today’s consumers a domestic dreamworld in which every object in your house can be remotely controlled, synced together and activated according to preset patterns, from heating systems and coffee makers to alarms and personalised lighting.


Rumour: Google Is Trialling New Smart-Thermostats

The Information is reporting that Google is testing a new kind of internet-connected thermostat, which allows homeowners to track energy activity and adjust usage remotely. If that sounds at all familiar, it’s because (a) it’s the same as Nest and (b) Google has already given it one shot already. A couple of years ago it developed PowerMeter, which was a web dashboard capable of tracking a home’s energy use. The initiative died in 2011 because, Google claimed, it proved difficult to scale up.


The 12 Most Popular Items From The Hammacher Schlemmer Catalogue

When most people think of Hammacher Schlemmer, they probably think of zany inventions like the golf cart hovercraft or the hot tub boat. But true loyalists to the over 160-year-old mail-order catalogue company know that the real magic happens where you’d least expect it.


This Bizarre Cutlery Was Designed To Make First Dates Less Awkward

Everybody dreads first dates in their own way. Some worry that they won’t have anything to talk about. Others fear that they’ll be judged by what they say. And a token few are terrified — mortified! — that they’ll spill food all over themselves. For that cadre, I have a solution.


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