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If you watch a TV show long enough, the home becomes a character in itself. You start remembering the little details of each room, what scenes happened where, and start feeling like their home is just an extension of your house. Yeah, I remember the pool in Breaking Bad and definitely the dining table. Of course, I've been to Arrested Development's model home and done morphine at Mr Robot's apartment. Here's a collection of floor plans from popular TV shows like those. You'll feel right at... home.

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A new study has revealed Australians will spend $383 million and own an average of 11 Internet-connected devices for our homes in 2016, up from $231 million and 9 devices in 2015, controlling everything from security cameras to heating and cooling systems.

By 2020, this is predicted to reach $4 billion spent Australia-wide with an average of 29 devices per home.

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This is about as IKEA as it gets. The Swedish flatpack furniture giant is in the late stages of developing a line of furniture that's made out of paper. That's right: paper. Not cardboard. This durable stuff is a fascinating composite of repurposed pulp that can be moulded into any shape. The craziest thing? It looks great.

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I have a problem. It's a kitchen gadget addiction. Ever since I was a kid, I've always wanted to try the latest and greatest cooking appliances — or at least all the As Seen On TVand Sky Mall shit. Well, that addiction just paid off: The Anova Precision Cooker has been bringing me stupid amounts of joy for the past few weeks. Sous vide, anyone? This $229 gadget makes it so, so easy.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.