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Let's be honest, there isn't really an easy way to get up in the morning. Your warm, toasty bed will always be warm and toasty, and outside of it will always present a cold and unfathomable start to the day. Still, that hasn't stopped a long line of takes on the classic alarm clock designed to make mornings that little bit easier. The latest to clock on in this ongoing struggle is French startup by SensorWake, whose tabletop timepiece sees your favorite scents waft through your nostrils just as you're due to wake.

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Drilling multiple holes to hang cabinets, shelves, and the like can be a real hassle – doubly so if you decide the mirror looks better on the other wall after all. Italy's Ronda Design has developed a range of magnetic interior design accessories that can be moved around as you wish, by simply snapping them into place.

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A smoke detector is necessary for keeping your home safe, and with the rise of smart devices, it only makes sense for them to be one of the first items to get connected. Halo WX, a new smoke detector just hitting the market, features all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detection one would expect, while also adding in alerts for natural disasters.

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A new light by designer Richard Clarkson puts two elements together that are ordinarily kept well apart. The Rain Lamp combines water and electricity, with light shone through a reservoir in the bottom of a large, clear, acrylic globe. The light creates "mesmerizing ripple patterns" on the floor or surface below.

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Whether you need to spread it, measure it or slice it, a new device is claiming to make the process of using butter simpler. The Butter Boss is described as being like a "Chapstick for your butter," gradually dispensing it for easy use.

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Adjustable standing desks may have the potential to be good for your health, but they don't work if you don't use them properly. The Autonomous Desk can be used for sitting or standing and will notify you if you've done either for too long. It also learns, talks, organizes and manages appliances.

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Three years ago we heard about the GiraDora, a foot-pedal-powered clothes-washing machine created for off-grid use in developing nations. While many of our readers expressed an interest in it, the device has yet to reach commercial production. If that's the sort of thing that turns your crank (or pushes your pedal), though, you can now order Yirego's similar Drumi.

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Space-saving designs were some of Gizmag's favorite picks during this year's Milan Design Week, which included transforming living spaces and multifunctional pieces by Italian company Clei. The established manufacturer has been creating innovative and transformable furniture designs since 1963 and its new collection is a great example of how inches become feet and vice versa.

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We've seen a wealth of smart home security devices appear on the market in recent years, but we're still waiting for a comprehensive solution that's simple to set up and easy to maintain. That's a gap that BuddyGuard is hoping to plug with Flare.

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One simple controller to manage your locks, music, thermostat, lighting, appliances and more – that's the ambitious aim of Numio, an ultra-smart Internet of Things device currently looking for funding on Kickstarter. Portable and flexible, it can plug into more than 30 separate apps and platforms, from Sonos to Nest.

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