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Further to enabling users to unlock their doors with a paired smartphone app, Sesame respo...

If you're looking to smarten up your locks to make your home more secure, then you're not exactly short of options. While all these products are aimed at offering better-connected home security, is fumbling through your phone for an app much more convenient that fumbling through your pocket for your keys? The makers of Sesame say smart locks could be a little more intuitive, and have developed a solution that, among other things, recognizes secret knocks to open up your door.  Read More

The Rio Grande tiny house sits atop a 9.7 m (32 ft) long gooseneck trailer (Photo: Rocky M...

We recently reported on the Custom 30 Foot House by Colorado's Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses, a towable dwelling that's on the larger side for such homes, at 9.1 m (30 ft) long. For those who like their tiny homes supersized, the firm recently followed-up with an even bigger model, dubbed Rio Grande.  Read More

The Transforming Tiny Home measures just 7.7 sq m (83 sq ft), and was built for an estimat...

The tiny living community is filled with enthusiasts who think outside the box in a bid to turn what's essentially a shed into a viable home at minimal cost. Pacific Northwest resident Scott Brooks offers a great example of what can be achieved with a shoestring budget under the right circumstances, with the recently-completed Transforming Tiny Home, which was built for an estimated cost of under US$500.  Read More

W.I.N.D. House, by Dutch firm UNStudio (Photo: Fedde de Weert)

We've reported on a number of homes that can be controlled from inside or afar by smartphone, including the El Refugio Inteligente and Schoolmasters houses. The recently-completed W.I.N.D. House, by Dutch firm UNStudio, is another such example, and the high-end residence also sports sustainable technology that reduces its dependence on the grid.  Read More

Reclaimed Modern is a near net zero home that makes use of recycled materials

When we think about sustainable homes, we tend to think about energy usage. A new home in Columbia City, US, can claim to not only be energy efficient, but to make sustainable use of materials. Reclaimed Modern has near net zero energy consumption and is built using reclaimed metal, wood and concrete.  Read More

Florida-based Cubicco's line of flatpack homes are tougher than they look

Prefabricated flatpack homes offer some benefits over their brick-and-mortar counterparts: they're efficient to build and transport, quick to erect, and they are often more affordable too. Florida-based firm Cubicco's line of flatpack homes offer all these pluses, and are also rated to withstand hurricane wind speeds of up to 180 mph (290 km/h). They can be outfitted with sustainable technology too, including rainwater harvesting and solar power.  Read More

Simple Home by Gerhard Feldbacher (Photo: Gerhard Feldbacher)

Austrian Gerhard Feldbacher recently unveiled an interesting small home that aims to strike a happy balance between ease of transport and size. Named Simple Home, the small dwelling sports four integrated legs that enable it to be easily transported by truck and left in its intended location without the need of a crane, hoist, or other machinery.  Read More

The Cubitat concept could transform any space into a fully functioning apartment

Canadian architectural studio Urban Capital, in collaboration with Italian designer Luca Nichetto, has recently presented its "plug & play" concept cube which could transform any space into a fully functioning apartment. Dubbed Cubitat, the multi-purpose cube measures 10 x 10 x 10 ft (3 x 3 x 3 m) and comes equipped with a kitchen, bedroom, entertaining area, bathroom, laundry and storage space. The space-saving design is conceptualized to easily and quickly furnish a small building into a compact home without the need for further renovations or additions.  Read More

Floating House by UK-based Carl Turner Architects (Image: Carl Turner Architects)

UK-based Carl Turner Architects recently unveiled a novel new home designed to address the issue of flooding and unlock new building space on underused waterways. The firm plans to make the blueprints for Floating House available for free download via the Paperhouses open source architecture project, thus enabling anyone with the means to either construct their own Floating House, or hire a professional to build it for them.  Read More

TAO Wellness shows a prototype of its TAO Chair at CES 2015 (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Want the exercise, but can't conjure up the energy to go to the gym? Have a seat ... and "turn downtime into exercise time." The TAO Chair, which we took a look at at CES last week, is designed to provide a dynamic workout for your primary target zones from the comfort of your living room.  Read More

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